The Yankees played their first game under the lights in Yankee Stadium this season, with a brisk 43° at first pitch. The visiting Orioles ready to start their 4-game series against the Yankees, but the Yankees trying to continue their home winning streak.
They turned to Masahiro Tanaka with that hope, and Tanaka held the Orioles scoreless for most of his outing, throwing 93 pitches into the 7th inning. A bit sloppy in the 1st, he was aided by a great relay and tag out at home (which was originally safe but then challenged and overturned) to close out the inning, giving him the boost he needed for the next few innings of dominance. He was doing so well until the 7th inning, where he gave up a single, a 2-run home run, an out, and another single to get the Orioles on the board.
Chad Green came on in relief but had his own issues. He gave up a single and an RBI double before getting another out for the inning. Another long single scored 2 more runs for the O’s in this 5-run inning of theirs.
Adam Warren and Dellin Betances each pitched an inning to close out the game in hope the Yankees could mount a comeback. But the Yankees offense was nearly equally as stymied as their pitching had been on the O’s. The Yankees were scoreless through 5 innings, only getting a single hit (and 3 walks). But then Aaron Judge hit a 2-out solo home run in the 6th to get the Yankees on the board.
After that big 7th inning for Orioles, the Yankees had 2 more chances to mount their comeback. In the bottom of the 7th, Gregorius led-off with a double and then scored on Neil Walker’s 1-out single. Then in the 8th, Gardner led-off with an eventual walk. Actually, there was a brief moment where it looked like he might have been hit by a pitch, but after a challenge, the call was upheld. After 2 outs, Gregorius and Sanchez were both hit by pitches (maybe there was something to the previous challenge?), but 1 out later, the inning and opportunity was over.
And that was it.
Final score: 5-2 Orioles
Injury update: Clint Frazier played in a simulated game today in Tampa and will be working his way back into regular baseball activities, eventually seeing some minor league at-bats in a sort of extended Spring Training. This is great news because it means that he’ll be coming off the concussion list soon and potentially seeing some play time in the Bronx outfield due to the dwindled outfield staff right now.
On a funny note: as with many windy days, the wind has a tendency to grab all sorts of litter and debris and bounce it all over the field. Yesterday was no exception, and players often have to battle random pieces of trash as they play through the game. Normally, a bit of trash isn’t that big of a deal, but a rather large plastic bag found its way to Ronald Torreyes. Torreyes didn’t let that stop him though, grabbing the rubbish, smooshing it down, and pocketing it to dispose of it later. It was man vs. plastic, and man won.