Zach Britton exits Sundays game against the Yankees after 3 1/3 innings pitchedDespite the Yankees throwing out their B-Team on Sunday, Orioles starter Zach Britton got knocked around for his worst outing since August 1 (also against the Yankees).

Britton exited after 3 1/3 innings of work in which he surrendered five hits, five earned runs, five walks and two strikeouts. Less than half of his pitches (40 of 81) were strikes.

“I just beat myself today with the walks and kind of screwed up the rhythm of the game today for the whole team,” Britton told reporters after the game according to MASNSports.com’s Steve Melewski. “It was a bad tempo that I set out and the end result is what it is.”

According to the data from BrooksBaseball.net, Britton threw his two seam fastball (his sinker) more than any other pitch (37 times). Only 18 of those sinkers (48.65 percent) were strikes. However, his four seam fastball was equally as ineffective. Britton threw the four seamer 25 times and only 11 of those pitches (44 percent) were strikes.

Britton’s disastrous fourth inning, in which he threw 35 pitches and recorded only a single out, particularly highlighted the sinker’s ineffectiveness. Even in his difficult first inning, Britton converted 50 percent of his pitches for strikes, but in the fourth only 42.86 percent of his pitches were strikes.

The chart below shows just how low Britton was keeping his pitches in the fourth frame.

Zach Britton strike zone plot: September 9, 2012 vs. New York Yankees

Of course, the Yankees recorded a .417 BABIP against Britton on Sunday, .100 points higher than Britton’s .317 BABIP on the season. New York had two infield singles and also scored on two bases loaded walks.