It’s like deja vu all over again or something. Basically, after taking the visiting Orioles to task in a major way last night, the Yankees decided it was worth the repeat this lovely Saturday afternoon in the Bronx.
Chad Green got the start, not really having the cleanest outing overall. He threw 87 pitches just shy of 5 full innings (forfeiting being the pitcher “on record”), giving up 7 hits, 2 walks, and 4 runs, striking out just 4 Baltimore batters. With 1 out and a runner on base with a walk, Green gave up a 2-run home run in the top of the 3rd. And in the 5th, with 1 out, Green gave up back-to-back solo homers. After the next batter hit a long line drive to left field, where Gardner just caught it at the wall, Green’s afternoon was over.
Tommy Layne finished up the 5th for Green and added 2 more outs in the 6th, becoming the pitcher “on record” (meaning he could actually earn the win if the Yankees were to win the game, which *spoiler alert* they did). Adam Warren finished the 6th and sailed through the 7th before Tyler Clippard’s great 8th inning. Kirby Yates came on for the 9th and struggled a bit, giving up a lead-off double that then scored on an RBI single before getting the requisite 3 outs to close out the game.
Actually, all the Yankee pitchers tonight gave up at least 1 hit to add up to the 12 total hits by Orioles’ batters. Not exactly the cleanest afternoon for the pitching staff overall, but it certainly helped that the Orioles’ pitching staff was even worse once again.
In the 1st inning, Ellsbury and Sanchez worked walks to get on base before Mark Teixeira’s double scored Ellsbury to kick off the Yankees’ second day of monster runs scored. In the 3rd, with 2 outs, Teixeira and Gregorius each singled to get on base. Starlin Castro’s single scored Teixeira, moving Gregorius to 3rd. And then things got interesting. They pulled off a double steal — while Castro swiped 2nd, Didi Gregorius stole home plate. Actually, the original call was “out”, but upon review, it was clear that Gregorius successfully stole home. Brian McCann (back in the line-up) hit a double and scored Castro.
But they weren’t done yet. In the 4th, Gary Sanchez hit a 2-out solo home run, his 11th of the season. In the 5th, facing a new pitcher, Gregorius on base after being hit on the arm by an errant pitch, Castro’s big 2-run home run added to the Yankees total. Then McCann worked a walk only to score as part of Aaron Hicks’ 2-run home run. All this before an out was recorded that inning.
Gregorius walked and Castro singled to start things in the 6th. McCann singled home Gregorius, and Hicks singled home Castro. Torreyes’ hit-by-pitch loaded the bases, and without any outs yet, the Orioles went to their bullpen. Brett Gardner’s single scored McCann, keeping the bases loaded. But then the pitcher remembered how to pitch and got 3 quick outs.
And in the 8th inning, with 1 out, pinch-hitter (for Sanchez) Austin Romine singled. Actually, it was kind of funny because he thought it was a foul ball at first and hesitated at the plate before realizing it was fair and finally took off for 1st base. A little kind-hearted ribbing, but then Romine advanced to 2nd on a ground out before scoring on Didi Gregorius’ single to cap off the Yankees scoring for the afternoon.
Final score: 13-5 Yankees
In the last two games, the Yankees have outscored the Orioles 27-9. But they also set another random record.
Yankees last 2 games
Fri: 14 R, 18 H, 3 HR
Sat: 13 R, 18 H, 3 HR
1st time in last 100 yrs Yankees have b2b games w/ 13+ R, 18+ H, 3+ HR
— Katie Sharp (@ktsharp) August 27, 2016
But the other thing everyone is talking about with the Yankees is Gary Sanchez, who is already being talked about as one of the possibilities for the Rookie of the Year. Especially as his 11 home runs are putting him in some rather illustrious company. First, he is the first player in MLB history to reach 11 home runs in just 23 games, the fastest ever. Other stats like his 21 RBIs tie him with Hideki Matsui for the 2nd most in Yankees history; Joe DiMaggio holds the record at 25. Also, his 32 hits in his first 23 games also have him in 2nd in Yankees history behind DiMaggio, who had 42 way back in 1936. That’s why everyone’s talking about Gary Sanchez.