Torres delivers four hits, bats awaken in 8-4 Yankees win

After scoring just two runs over their last two games, the Yankees’ bats finally awakened in an 8-4 win over the Orioles in front of a sellout crowd at Camden Yards in Baltimore. With the win, New York improved to 3-4 on the season.

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With two outs in the top of the sixth, this one was looking like more of the same from the Yankees. New York had managed just one run on four hits, and was trailing 4-1. But then, the offensive slumber the entire team had been mired in since last Friday ended abruptly. Gary Sanchez got things going with his third solo home run of the year to make it 4-2. That was followed by singles from Greg Bird and DJ LeMahieu. 

Finally, the big blow of the afternoon. Gleyber Torres, who went 4-4 with two home runs on the day, uncorked a three-run shot to give the Yanks a 5-4 lead. Three innings later, Luke Voit provided some insurance, and broke out of a 0-13 slump, with a three-run home run of his own. That was New York's 12th, and final, hit of the afternoon, and it put the Yankees on top, 8-4.
On the bump, James Paxton was not very good today. The big lefty allowed three runs on two hits, two walks, a wild pitch and a balk in the first inning alone. Credit him with settling in to some extent and giving the team 5.1 innings, but he was never in command, despite his nine strikeouts. However, because of that length, he was able to pick up his first win as a member of the Yankees. Paxton finished his second start with the team with four runs allowed, eight hits given up and two walks. Hopefully this has more to do with facing the same team twice in a five-day period than anything else.

Out of the bullpen, Tommy Kahnle did a nice job in his second appearance of the year. Asked to protect a one-run lead in the sixth, Kahnle walked the first batter he faced, and fell behind the Orioles’ nine-hole hitter, Richie Martin, 3-1, before getting him to ground into an inning-ending double play. Kahnle followed that up by firing a 1-2-3 seventh inning before passing it off to Zack Britton. Britton made things interesting, letting two batters reach base, and needing 24 pitches, but he ultimately got the job done. Finally, Aroldis Chapman came on in a non-save situation in the ninth and closed the door on Baltimore. 

What’s Next?

The Bombers have tomorrow off before returning to action Saturday night for game two of this three-game series. The probable pitching matchup is J.A. Happ (0-1, 9.00 ERA) for the Yankees and Dylan Bundy (0-0, 7.36 ERA) for the Orioles. Happ will try to bounce back from an ugly first start of the year in which he allowed four runs over four innings against these same O's. First pitch scheduled for 7:05pm on YES.


Recap by: Jake Graziano
 

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