The Yankees continue their march towards the postseason, even if they have to battle a bit to get there. In their first game against the Orioles, the balance of the team held up in the end, to off-set some momentary troubles where they almost lost it.
Masahiro Tanaka got the start, to mixed results. He threw 92 pitches into the 6th inning, gave up 10 hits, 2 walks, and 5 runs, and struck out just 4 Baltimore batters. In the 3rd, a 1-out triple scored on an RBI single. The next batter hit into a double that snapped the defense into some great action and got the runner out trying to score another run.
But it was the 6th that caused him the most trouble. A lead-off double scored on a big 2-run home run. Then a single and double moved runners into scoring position, and a sacrifice fly scored one of them. Leaving a runner on the bases, Tanaka handed the game over to Tommy Kahnle.
Kahnle got a strikeout but then gave up a 2-run home run to tie up the game at that point before getting out of the inning. Ottavino, Britton, and Chapman each got a scoreless inning to work through and keep the Orioles from adding to their score.
The Yankees gave Tanaka a nice cushion, but he almost handed it away with a bad 6th inning. Austin Romine kicked things off with a 2-out solo home run in the 2nd, upheld by an umpire review. Gardner led-off the 5th with a single and moved to 3rd on Tauchman’s 1-out single. Breyvic Valera’s long triple easily scored both runners, and DJ LeMahieu hit into a fielder’s choice and throwing error to score Valera.
In the 6th, Brett Gardner hit a 1-out solo home run, and Mike Tauchman imitated him with a 2-out solo home run just to the left of same seats in left field. After the Orioles tied up the game, Mike Ford jumped in on the action with a 1-out solo home run in the 8th to break up the tie. After Gardner got on base with a single, he scored as part of Mike Tauchman’s 2-out, 2-run home run to ensure the Yankees’ win.
Final score: 9-6 Yankees
Injury update: Gleyber Torres was back in the line up after being checked out and cleared from a “core issue”. Gio Urshela, however, was not in the line up and still resting his legs after taking a couple of foul balls off them in Sunday’s game. His right knee is bothering him more than his left shin, as knees tend to do, but he’s just more banged up and bruised than something more serious.