Yesterday’s scheduled game was at first highly delayed and then postponed due to the never-ending rain that swept through the area. The game is now scheduled for Thursday, July 9, as part of a single-admission doubleheader when the Yankees return to Baltimore. The first game will start at 4:05 EST, and 30 minutes after the last out, the second game will begin. There will be 3 more games in that series as regularly scheduled.
Sonny Gray got the start in tonight’s first game of their weekend series in Baltimore. He threw 90 pitches in a strong 6 innings, giving up 4 hits and just 1 run, striking out 6 batters along the way. His lone allowed run was a 2-out solo home run in the 1st inning to give the Orioles (who are already having a rough year) hope.
It would be short-lived as Gray was going to have a great night and keep the Orioles to that lone run. He handed off the game to a bullpen ready to keep up that momentum in Green, Betances, and Chapman.
Meanwhile, the Yankees found their own moments with the offense to edge out the home team. In the 3rd, Walker led-off with a single, moved to 2nd on Romine’s walk, and then scored on Gleyber Torres’ single to tie the game. Gardner next loaded up the bases, all before an out was recorded for the inning. Then Bird later hit into a short grounder that got Romine out at home, and with the bases loaded, another grounder ended the Yankees’ hopes at taking the lead at that point.
Torres led-off the 5th with a double but then got thrown out trying to stretch it into a triple. Brett Gardner singled, then stole 2nd, and scored on Greg Bird’s solid triple. In the 6th, Didi Gregorius singled, stole 2nd, moved to 3rd on a ground out, and then scored easily on Austin Romine’s double.
Aaron Judge capped off the Yankees’ offense tonight with a 1-out solo home run in the 7th with a new pitcher. In fact, the O’s relievers mostly kept the Yankees under control and refused to allow another run.
Final score: 4-1 Yankees
And it’s time for the annual All-Star Game fan voting. Every team has nominated their starting players to start for the All-Star Game, and fans everywhere get to have their say. You can vote up to 35 total times (5 times every 24 hours) until July 5 at 11:59 pm EST. And if you’re looking for ideas for your AL ballot, the Yankee nominees are Tyler Austin (1st Base), Gleyber Torres (2nd Base), Miguel Andujar (3rd Base), Didi Gregorius (Shortstop), Gary Sanchez (Catcher), Giancarlo Stanton (Designated Hitter), and Brett Gardner, Aaron Hicks, and Aaron Judge (Outfielders).
The 89th All-Star Game will be Tuesday, July 17, held this year at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C. Since every team gets at least one representative, it will be interesting to see which Yankees are chosen to be part of the AL All-Star team this year. Will it be one of the rookies? Will it be a veteran? Will the coaches’ vote or final vote pick one of the Yankees’ relievers?