You can’t blame the lack of trying. The Yankees had several opportunities tonight to capitalize against the Orioles in the middle game of this weekend series. But the Orioles seemed to know just how to make them miss those opportunities, especially those loaded base ones. Not that many people at Camden Yards seemed to mind.
CC Sabathia got the start tonight, and once again, he pitched really well and still got the loss. He threw 100 pitches over his 6 innings. Actually, he was cruising along really well for most of the game with just a few hiccups. He only gave up 6 hits, a walk, and 2 runs (though only 1 was earned), striking out just 1 Baltimore batter.
In the 4th, the lead-off batter doubled and then scored on an 1-out single coupled with a fielding error (hence the unearned run). And a 2-out solo home run in the 5th added that other run for the Orioles. But other than that, the O’s didn’t do much else offensively. Now, Sabathia was also backed up by a great defense again, who helped him keep those number low, with 2 double plays tonight (in the 3rd and the 4th).
Adam Warren and Tyler Clippard each took an inning to close out the game, making things a bit interesting by adding runners in both their innings and getting out of their self-imposed jams. But no further runs scored.
The Yankees were simply waiting for those run-scoring opportunities that just seemed to fall flat all evening. It was like it was April all over again. Rather impressive for the Orioles was their closer, who blazed through the Yankees’ lineup in the 9th for his 40th save of the season (out of 40 opportunities). The reality is that the Orioles just pitched better than the Yankees tonight.
Final score: 2-0 Orioles.
There is a bit of lore going around Yankee Universe for the last few years that the Orioles, or more specifically Camden Yards, have a some kind of “curse” or power over the Yankees. I think I can pinpoint the origins about the time of the 2012 postseason, beginning with the Jeter’s broken ankle game. It doesn’t help this chatter when the Yankees have lost 20 out of 26 games at Camden Yards going back to the beginning of the 2014 season. I don’t put much stock in this stuff, but it’s nice to have something to blame when things don’t go your way.
Injury update: So Chad Green left yesterday’s game early due to elbow soreness in his pitching arm, and after an MRI the diagnosis was a sprained right ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) and a strained flexor tendon. He will see the team doctor when the Yankees get back to New York tomorrow for confirmation and further instruction for rehab schedule. There are some possibilities if he won’t return this season, but this has to be disappointing for the young pitcher to make it to the starting rotation and then be sidelined like that.
And in Gary Sanchez news (because there just seems to be endless amounts of this lately): Sanchez was awarded both Player of the Month and Rookie of the Month for the month of August because… well, he’s Gary Sanchez. Sanchez was called up on August 3rd and just trounced everyone else — hitting .389, 11 homers, and 21 RBIs in just 24 games played in this month. Strong contender for Rookie of the Year? Absolutely. Especially if he can get things going this month. And let’s all cross our fingers for that outcome. Maybe like beginning tomorrow, okay?