O’s slug twice as many homers as Yanks had hits
The momentum the Yankees achieved with two thrilling victories at Kansas City that hopped them over the Royals in the standings for the second wild-card spot came to a loud thump Friday night at Baltimore where the homer-happy Orioles maintained their lead in the competition.
The Orioles powered their way to an 8-0 victory that pushed the Yankees 3 1/2 games behind Baltimore, which began the night tied with Detroit for the second wild-card position. The Yankees also missed a chance to gain ground on Houston, which is 1 1/2 games ahead of them as well.
This one was over early as the Yankees fell into a 6-0 ditch in the second inning and lost their starting pitcher, rookie Chad Green, 12 batters into the game because of elbow soreness. Green was rocked for four earned runs and five hits in 1 2/3 innings. The first of five relief pitchers, Nick Goody, gave up successive home runs to Chris Davis and Mark Trumbo, and the rout was on.
The Orioles had four home runs to increase their major-league leading total to 214. Pedro Alvarez became the sixth Baltimore hitter to reach the 20-homer plateau with a two-run shot off Green in the second. Manny Machado matched Davis with his 33rd, a two-run blow in the fourth off Kirby Yates. Trumbo’s solo blast was his major-league high 41st home run. The other Baltimore hitters with homer totals in the 20s are Adam Jones (24) and Jonathan Schoop (21).
The Yankees do not have a player with 20 home runs. The club leader is Starlin Castro with 19.
After a series against the defending World Series champions in which the Yankees averaged 11 hits per game, they managed merely two hits, both singles, against four Orioles pitchers Friday night. The Yanks did not have a hit over the final six innings.
With rosters expanding up to 40 players in September, the Yanks brought up six players from the minor leagues, and they all got into the game. With Green departing early, Goody, Yates, Luis Severino and Jonathan Holder all pitched. Holder, who drew the Yanks’ attention with a 13-strikeout game last week for Triple A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre that included 11 K’s in a row, made his major-league debut with a 1-2-3 sixth. Outfielders Rob Refsnyder and newly-acquired Eric Young Jr. from the Brewers’ organization were defensive replacements in the ninth inning.