Following the Yankees 9-3 victory last night, the Orioles and Yankees do battle one more time in this short 2 game series. Following an above average performance by Yankees ace Gerrit Cole, they sent 37 year old J.A. Happ to the mound for the second game. The Orioles meanwhile sent 27 year old John Means to try to put a halt to the loud bats of the Bronx Bombers.
Following a ground out by DJ LeMahieu, who went 4-5 last night, Means plunked Aaron Judge, putting him on first base, then hit the next batter Gleyber Torres. Giancarlo Stanton hit a ground ball to left field, plating Gleyber Torres for the first run of the game, his sixth RBI of the season. The Yankees have now scored 1st inning runs in 3 of their first 5 games.
Following an Aaron Hicks walk to load the bases, Yankees first baseman Luke Voit hit his first career grand slam to put the Yankees up 5-0. In the bottom half, Orioles lead off man Austin Hays hit a line drive to center for a single. The next batter, Hanser Alberto hit his first home run of the season to bring the Orioles within 3 runs early.
After a quiet top half of the second inning, Happ walked shortstop Pat Valaika, then gave up a 2 run home run to Orioles third baseman Rio Ruiz. Happ looked to have control problems in the second inning, walking Austin Hays as well as Valaika and ending with 48 pitches thrown in the first two innings. In the third, following a fly out by Gleyber Torres, Means was replaced by Travis Lakins Sr, who came in and got the final two outs of the third.
J.A. Happ had a nice bounce back inning, retiring the Orioles in order to finish the third inning. In the bottom half, Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez was hit by a pitch, being the third Yankee hit by a pitch in the ball game. In the fourth inning, Gleyber Torres exited the game after being hit by that pitch in the first inning. He was replaced by Tyler Wade.
In the fifth inning, Adam Ottavino replaced J.A. Happ on the mound. A scoreless fourth and fifth inning took us into the sixth inning, where the rain in Baltimore really started to come down. Before the inning, Miguel Castro replaced Travis Lakins Sr, and pitched a scoreless top six. In between innings, the grounds crew put the tarp over the field, therefore delaying the game.
When play resumed, Jonathan Loaisiga was put into the game to pitch for the Yankees. Loaisiga gave up two straight walks to Pedro Severino and Dwight Smith Jr., but a stike out and a double play got him out of the inning. A scoreless seventh inning and a scoreless top of the eighth opened the door for the Orioles. Following a strike out by Renato Nunez, Anthony Santander was hit by a Loaisiga pitch. The next batter, Pedro Severino hit a line drive home run to left field to give the Orioles the 6-5 lead.
Mychal Givens came in in the top of the 9th to try to close the game out for the O’s. A walk to Gio Urshela, a fly out by Mike Tauchman and a line drive to right by DJ LeMahieu gave Aaron Judge 2 men on base. Judge worked the count to 3-1 before blasting a ball to left field for his second home run of the year, giving the Yankees an 8-6 lead.
Former Oriole Zack Britton came in in the bottom of the ninth and worked a 1, 2, 3 inning to retire the Orioles and secure the win for the Yankees. This marks the 18th straight Yankee victory over the Orioles. The Yankees move to 4-1 and will face their long time rival Boston Red Sox in the Bronx tomorrow. The Orioles move to 2-3 on the year, and will host the Tampa Bay Rays in Camden Yards tomorrow as well.
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