Were the Yankees' bats swept away by Irene?
In the first game of Sunday's double-header, the Yankees were shut down by Orioles starter Zach Britton, the same Baltimore starter who New York lit up for six earned runs on seven hits in 1/3 of an inning in the Bronx on July 30.
"He pitched good, that was it," Nick Swisher said.
The Yankees failed to get a runner in scoring position against Britton (8-9, 4.28 ERA) and the Orioles' bullpen, getting blanked for the sixth time this season.
"You feel that you could keep them to two runs, you have a pretty good chance to win. We just didn't necessarily swing the bats as well today," manager Joe Girardi said after his Yankees mustered just five hits and one walk in the early game of Sunday's double-header.
Swisher said it was a "shock" that the Yankees' offense, which leads the league in runs, failed to get a runner in scoring position.
Curtis Granderson believed that Britton threw the same way he did on July 30, the only difference being the Yankees hits didn't find grass this time.
"It was just a matter of where the balls went," he said.
The Yanks had a chance to get a runners on first and second with none out in the third but Francisco Cervelli was forced out at second on Derek Jeter's apparent single to right, which was correctly ruled a fielder's choice when Cervelli got thrown out.