Yanks bats hot again, take series opener in Baltimore 7-4

Coming off arguably their biggest win of the season, the Yankees traveled to Baltimore to face Dylan Bundy and the Orioles. Today marks the beginning of Gary Sanchez's reduced three game suspension, putting the Yankees down one of their best hitters. The Bombers have not won a series in Camden Yards since 2013, and entered this Labor Day Matinee hoping Jordan Montgomery and company could get them started in the right direction. The Yankees bats were able to erase an early 3-0 deficit to win 7-4, marking their third straight game with five or more runs.

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The game started off poorly for the Yanks, as Tim Beckham hit a solo shot to right field to give the Orioles a quick 1-0 lead. Then in the next inning, after Mark Trumbo reached base on an uncharacteristic error by Didi Gregorius, Chris Davis hit a fly ball that just missed the outreached glove of Brett Gardner, increasing their lead to three.

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The Bombers responded with a shot of their own in the fourth inning off a two run frozen rope by Gregorius, cutting the deficit to one. This was Didi’s 20th of the year, and the first time a Yankee shortstop has ever had back to back 20 home run seasons. The scoring wasn’t done yet, after walks by Aaron Judge and Todd Frazier, Jacoby Ellsbury snuck a groundball into right field, driving in Judge to tie the game at three.

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Baltimore would threaten again with runners on first and second, but an amazing athletic double play by Didi and a strikeout would end the inning. The Yanks would capitalize on the Orioles mistake, with Starlin Castro’s two run home run to left field, putting the club up 5-3.

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After two quick outs in the fifth and a walk, Chad Green replaced Montgomery and was able to retire the first batter he faced, continuing a great year for the young righty. The Yankees would tack on more runs in the sixth, a groundout RBI by Brett Gardner and a RBI single by Castro would put the Bombers up 7-3.

David Robertson came up to start the eighth, and things started to get a bit dicey after he walked Beckham and Manny Machado. He would get himself into a full count against Johnathan Schoop, but a nasty breaking ball in the dirt got the swinging strikeout. With Adam Jones now up to bat, Robertson again would get the batter to chase another breaking ball for the strikeout, and it seemed that the threat was over. Trey Mancicni would give a big cut at the first pitch, and the count was 0-1, Robertson would end his Houdini act by forcing a one-hop ground out to Castro to end the inning. Dellin Betances then came in to end the game, surrendering one run off of a solo home run by Wellington Castillo.

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Montgomery didn't look as sharp as earlier in the season but was just good enough to leave the game with the lead. He was able to get himself out of a few sticky situations, but it was the two home runs that hurt him in the game. The lefty has certainly slowed down after his great start, but hopefully, it's more of a rookie wall rather than a new trend for the youngster.  

This is now three straight games where the Yankees had hot bats, which is a very good sign for the club. The Bombers offense has been pretty inconsistent at times, throwing away some great starts in the process, and maybe with the recent reinforcements in the lineup, this could alleviate some of these issues. A side note, Aaron Judge surpassed 100 walks today, which puts him in the company of Mickey Mantle, Lou Gehrig and Babe Ruth of Yankees with over 35 homers and 100 walks in age 25 or younger season. A lot of fuss was made of Judge’s strikeout record, so it's fitting that he gets credit for the walks as well.

Looking to secure a rare series win in Baltimore, the Bombers trot out CC Sabathia to take on Jeremy Hellickson for a 7:05 PM game tomorrow night. The righty Hellickson is struggling as of late, sporting an ERA over 8 in his last three games, and the Yanks hope they can continue this trend.

Winning Pitcher: Chad Green (3-0  1.97 ERA) 2.1 IP 4 K
Losing Pitcher: Dylan Bundy (13-9 4.12 ERA): 4.0 IP 5 H, 5 ER, 4 BB, 5 K, 2 HR

Notables:
Starlin Castro 3-5 3 RBI, 2 R, HR (13)
Didi Gregorius 1-5 2 RBI, R, HR (20)
Jacoby Ellsbury 1-2 R, RBI, 2 BB
Aaron Judge 1-1 RBI 4 BB

Article by: Maxx Hotton

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