Rain is stupid. In the final game before the All-Star Break, the Yankees took an early lead on a Brett Gardner home run. But once the Orioles took the lead for themselves against Chase Whitley, the rain started falling. And after a lengthy rain delay the game was called and the Yankees fell to the Orioles 3-1.
The Yankees got off to a really quick start when Gardner led off the game with a home run. It looked like a perfect way to start off the game, but this wound up being the extent of the offense.
In the bottom of the fourth, the Orioles came back to take the lead. Whitley had pitched a solid first three innings, but he walked Nelson Cruz to start the fourth. Chris Davis then homered, giving the Orioles the lead. J.J. Hardy followed that up with a double. Whitley then got two ground outs, the second of which moved Hardy to third. Jonathan Schoop came up next and he singled to score Hardy, chasing Whitley from the game. He went just 3.2 innings, allowing three runs on five hits and two walks. He did strike out four, so that was okay. David Huff came in and got the last out of the fourth, but Baltimore now lead 3-1.
In the top of the fifth inning the wind started to pick up, and during the bottom half of the inning, the rain started to fall. The tarp was eventually brought on and the game went into a rain delay. It then became a farce. We played the waiting game for over two hours before the game was eventually called. The Orioles came away with a 3-1 win in the bottom of the fifth and we all lost two hours of our lives. Fun.
And that weird game will do it for the first half. We are now officially on the All-Star Break. Tomorrow will be the Home Run Derby. That'll be fun? I dunno.