Yankees continue to play down to their competition; O’s walk it off in the ninth
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The Yankees finally showed some life in the top of the fifth. After Giancarlo Stanton popped out to the catcher for the thirteenth straight out, Didi Gregorious laced an opposite field single for the Bombers’ first base runner. Next, Miguel Andujar caught a break when Rickard laid out for a pop up down the right field line, but could not come up with the ball; Andujar ended up with a walk. Greg Bird came to the plate and with the count 2-2, Bird unleashed a bomb to right field to give the Yanks a 3-2 lead. The Orioles answered in the bottom of the fifth when Manny Machado jumped on the first pitch from Tanaka and crushed a solo home run to left, tying the game 3-3. Since the start of 2017, Tanaka has given up 52 home runs and that is tied for first in the MLB. Tanaka got Mark Trumbo to line out to short and that was all for Tanaka as manager Aaron Boone wanted to keep him around 80 pitches. Jonathan Holder came in relief to get the next two outs.
The top of the sixth saw a one-out single from Aaron Judge go to waste as Aaron Hicks lined out to first for the unassisted double play. Chad Green came in for the bottom of the sixth and retired the O’s in order. The Yanks regained the lead in the top of the seventh: had a one-out double that got past the dive of centerfielder Adam Jones. Then, Andujar roped a single to left, resulting in exiting the game with runners on the corners. Miguel Castro came in for relief and gave up a Sac-Fly to Bird, giving the Yanks a 4-3 lead. After Austin Romine walked, Neil Walker banged a single to right-center field, making the score 5-3.
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The Orioles tied the game 5-5 in the bottom half of the seventh inning after Machado hit his second home run of the game, this time a two-run opposite field shot off of Green. The ball just went over the outstretched glove of was originally declared to be in-play by the umpire. Upon review, it was ruled a home run. Machado has been a Yankee-killer since he has entered the league and since 2015, he leads all players with 20 regular-season home runs against the Yanks.
Mychal Givens came in for Baltimore in the top of the eight and pitched a scoreless inning, while David Robertson matched him in the bottom half of the inning. Orioles closer Zach Britton entered for the top of the ninth and gave up a leadoff single to Didi. Later in the inning, Didi would be thrown out at second after running on a pitch in the dirt. Upon review, he clearly appeared to be safe, but the call ended up staying intact. The replay system is beyond frustrating since so many calls continue to be wrong even with review.
Betances came in for the bottom of the ninth and hit Caleb Joseph to lead off the inning. After getting Tim Beckham to fly out to Judge, Jones snuck a double down the right field line. Machado would be intentionally walked and the O’s had bases loaded with one out. Betances would go on to strike out Mark Trumbo. However, with two outs, would hit a hot shot off the glove of Bird, giving the Orioles the walk-off 6-5 win.
The Orioles, who are the worst team in baseball, now have a winning record against the Yankees. For a team that has pummeled the class of the MLB, the Yanks can’t get out of their own way against these inferior teams. This Yankees team is a roller coaster ride like no other, winning games in heroic fashion against baseball’s best and then losing heart-wrenching games against baseball’s doormats. It is unfathomable how this keeps happening and now the Yankees find themselves 3.5 games behind the Boston Red Sox. As good as they have played this year, the Yankees need to step it up in a big way.
The Yankees look to split the four-game set with the Orioles tomorrow night at Camden Yards. The utterly dreadful Sonny Gray (5-7, 5.85 ERA) will go up against Dylan Bundy (6-8, 4.08 ERA). Yankees fans are no strangers to Gray’s pitiful 2018, especially his recent struggles. He is 0-3 in his last three gave up eleven runs in only four and a third innings pitched in his last two starts against the Red Sox and Blue Jays. Gray needs to get his confidence back and the Yankees need him to start giving quality outings every fifth day to keep pace with the Red Sox.
Recap by: John Keefe