One of the first things manager Buck Showalter said after meeting with the media after tonight's grueling 6-5 loss to the New York Yankees in 10 innings was that the Orioles are not going to feel sorry for themselves.
"Whatever problems you have on a given night, a lot of people are glad that you got them," Showalter said. "There's no self-pity. It's a tough, competitive place in the American League East. We got close and didn't close the door, and we move on to Cleveland. It's part of the job description, it's part of the equation. You win some that you probably shouldn't, and some others go the other way."
This one clearly hurts far more than any of the others during the four-game losing streak. The Orioles got a great offensive game from Nick Markakis, who went 3-for-5 with a homer and three RBIs. They got a gutty start from young right-hander Jake Arrieta, who allowed three runs in six innings and didn't blink several times when it appeared the Yankees were a hit away from either tying the score or taking the lead.
Showalter made sure to point out the positives, but it's hard not to dwell on the Orioles' blowing a 5-0 lead in the fifth inning and losing to the Yankees for the 26th time in the past 33 meetings between the clubs.
The Orioles just didn't do enough offensively after knocking out a shaky Phil Hughes with one out in the fourth inning. Felix Pie allowed himself to get knocked off the plate by Joba Chamberlain, who prevented the Oriole from scoring from third base on a wild pitch with one out in the eighth inning. That run would have given the Orioles an all-important two-run lead.
And of course, there was closer Kevin Gregg's allowing a game-tying homer to Jorge Posada in his first pitch of the ninth inning and blowing his first save in two opportunities.
"I basically got ambushed [and] didn't make a good pitch," Gregg said. "I think at this point Posada has to do a lot of things right to hit a ball like that, and he did. I was able to come back and not let them get away that inning. But it basically cost us the game."
The game ended in the 10th when Michael Gonzalez issued a leadoff walk to Mark Teixeira and then a double to Alex Rodriguez. Robinson Cano lined out to shortstop Cesar Izturis for the first out, but then Nick Swisher won the game with a sacrifice fly to right field.
"It's definitely disappointing," said Gonzalez, who was used in the 10th over Koji Uehara because Showalter wanted to make both Teixeira and Swisher bat right-handed and force the left-handed-hitting Cano into a matchup with a lefty pitcher. "We obviously wanted to show these guys that we can compete, we can contend with these guys and it's definitely disappointing from my standpoint. We were leading the game by five. But the good thing is its early in the year and we are going to go out there and keep competing."