Miguel Gonzalez entered Friday’s game having dominated the Yankees, especially in the Bronx, where he had pitched to a 2.20 ERA over five starts here, including one in last year’s postseason.
But after holding the Yankees hitless over his first 3 2/3 innings of work Friday, something horrible happened for Gonzalez.
A four-pitch walk to Robinson Cano was followed by a first-pitch delivery to Alfonso Soriano that the Yankees left fielder took the opposite way into the right-field stands.
From there on, six of the next seven Yankees would reach base against Gonzalez, and he would be out of the game before recording an out in the fifth inning.
“Sometimes the game is going to speed up on you,” Gonzalez said. “It’s going to happen. It’s going to happen that way. Not all the times you’re going to go out there and perform well. Like I said, I was feeling well at the beginning. Toward the end, I was leaving balls up.”
Gonzalez tied a career high with seven earned runs allowed. And this is the third time over his last seven starts that Gonzalez has been unable to get through five innings. And we know what that does. Short starting outings eventually lead to an overworked bullpen.
Gonzalez is winless in his last six starts since July 25, going 0-4 with a 6.97 ERA over that span.
Gonzalez has been a rock for this staff over his time in an Orioles uniform. He recorded eight straight quality starts earlier this season, the third longest streak by an Orioles starter since 1980. The Orioles won 12 straight home starts made by Gonzalez during a stretch that dated back to last August.
But Friday’s outing was a forgettable one that the Orioles had few explanations for.
"It hasn't happened at Yankee Stadium much. You can make a trend look anyway you want to. It's all about tonight, and he pitched as well we you'd want to see him pitch there and he just wasn't able to get over the hump. He obviously had a lot of rest and had some good work done, but he just kind of lost his command there."