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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.
The national television audience watching Fox’s coverage of Saturday night’s Yankees-Orioles game had to be wondering about all the reports they read or heard about the Bombers’ slumbering offense.
There were the Yankees on national TV lashing out 16 hits and scoring runs in bunches. It was a throwback to the days when the Yankees loved coming to hitter-friendly Camden Yards against some weak Baltimore clubs to improve their batting averages and slugging percentages. The Orioles have had the upper hand in recent years, but the Yankees looked like the Bronx Bombers of old in building a 7-0 lead through six innings.
Ivan Nova was cruising along on a three-hit shutout until Mark Trumbo led off the seventh with his 18th home run, most in the majors. That was just the beginning of the wheels falling off for Nova, who gave up an infield hit to Matt Wieters and a two-run, opposite-field homer to Pedro Alvarez. The onslaught did not give Yankees manager Joe Girardi must time to get a reliever warm up in the bullpen and stayed with Nova, who gave up a bloop single to Jonathan Schoop and walked Ryan Flaherty on a full count.
Nova was on fumes at this point, so Girardi brought in Nick Goody, who proceeded to yield a three-run home run to Adam Jones. Suddenly, 7-0 was 7-6, and the Yankees had nine more outs to get. What for a time was a laugher became a sweat box.
With Dellin Betances, who had pitched the previous two night, unavailable, Girardi relied on Andrew Miller, who did a yeoman’s job in retiring the six batters he faced over the seventh and eighth innings. The Yankees came up with a huge insurance run in the ninth off reliever Vance Worley with one out on a double by Aaron Hicks, who entered the game in right field as a defensive replacement in the seventh, and a single by Alex Rodriguez, his third hit of the game.
Aroldis Chapman took it from there, although the ninth inning began with catcher Austin Romine having to leave the game after being cut on the left hand trying to catch a warmup pitch in the dirt. Brian McCann, who was on the bench nursing a hyperextended left elbow, took over behind the plate.
Chapman walked Jones with two out before striking out pinch hitter Nolan Reimold looking for his ninth save and put to rest any chance of an Orioles comeback. The bullpen has been leaky of late. Kirby Yates and Betances contributed to the Yankees’ blowing a 5-2 lead Friday night. Thursday night in Detroit, the Yankees were up 5-1 and held on for a 5-4 victory despite Betances, Miller and Chapman all being scored upon over the final three innings.
A serious injury to Romine would be critical. The Yankees are running out of catchers. McCann is still not 100 percent, and Triple A Scranton/Wilkes Barre’s Gary Sanchez is on the disabled list. The Yankees purchased the contract of first baseman Chris Parmelee from SWB to help fill the void of Mark Teixeira, who was placed on the 15-day DL because of torn cartilage in his right knee. Dustin Ackley, who had been Tex’s back-up at first base, had season-ending surgery on his right shoulder and was transferred to the 60-day DL. That opened a spot on the 40-man roster for Parmelee.
Girardi spoke before the game of a possible platoon at first base with Parmelee and Rob Refsnyder, yet with righthander Tyler Wilson starting for the Orioles the manager started Refsnyder, who had an RBI double in four at-bats. Parmelee took over in the field in the eighth.
After taking a 1-0 lead in the third on a sacrifice fly by Romine, the Yankees attacked Wilson for four runs and five hits in the fourth. Carlos Beltran and Rodriguez started the rally with singles. Starlin Castro, who had three hits, doubled home Beltran. A-Rod scored on an infield out. Refsnyder restarted the rally with his double that scored Castro and came home on a single by Romine.
Jacoby Ellsbury and Brett Gardner, who were a combined 4-for-10 at the top of the order, teamed on a double steal with two out in the sixth that resulted in Ellsbury’s second swipe of home this season and the third time in his career.
Everyone in the Yankees’ starting lineup plus Hicks had at least one hit. It would have been an absolute crime if the pitchers could not make all that offense hold up.
These days when a starting pitcher throws eight scoreless innings a ‘W’ is expected by that team. Masahiro Tanaka did that for the Yankees Thursday night, but an ‘L’ is what Yanks came away with in a 1-0, 10-inning loss that ended a 2-7 trip prior to a homestand in which they will face two division leaders, the Red Sox and the White Sox, and the defending World Series champion Royals.
It would have been a great boost to the struggling Yankees to end the bumpy trip with an exhilarating victory heading into the homestand, and Tanaka certainly did his part. The Japanese righthander was nothing short of brilliant in shutting down the Orioles on five hits and one walk with seven strikeouts in eight innings as he lowered his ERA to 2.29.
However, Orioles starter Kevin Gausman was to the task in matching Tanaka in zeroes for eight innings in limiting the Yankees to three hits and no walks with four strikeouts. Yes, this was a pitching duel that was right out of Mel Stottlemyre vs. Jim Palmer.
Dellin Betances did his job in the ninth, but the Orioles got to Johnny Barbato in the 10th when singles by Hyun Soo Kim and Joanthan Schoop put runners on first and third with none out. Yankees manager Joe Girardi summoned Andrew Miller to face Pedro Alvarez, who lifted a fly ball deep enough to center field to end the game.
It was another debilitating loss for the punchless Yankees, who ended up losing the series to an Orioles squad almost as punchless. Baltimore had one hit in 18 at-bats with runners in scoring position (.056) in the series, which was even worse than the Yankees, who were 5-for-23 (.217).
What hurt the most was wasting an effort by Tanaka that was the best performance by a Yankees starter this season.