David Hernandez gave up just four hits during his five-inning performance tonight, but they only found one of them. The Yankees hit three home runs off the rookie right-hander, who complicated the situation with six walks and needed 107 pitches to get to a point where the Orioles were still short in the bullpen.
Manager Dave Trembley had to trot out a parade of relievers, and this O's bullpen is not deep enough for anyone to assume that four or five guys will all be lights out on the same night. Dennis Sarfate walked the leadoff batter in the sixth after Luke Scott put the Orioles ahead with his mammoth three-run homer, making it too easy for the Yankees to come right back and tie the game. And Chris Ray gave up a back-to-back home runs to Nick Swisher and Eric Hinske in the seventh to let it get away.
The Yankees, meanwhile, sent four relievers to the mound after A.J. Burnett struggled again, and all four of those relievers held the Orioles scoreless.