For the rare mid-week afternoon matinee, the Yankees found the right stuff to pull off the desired outcome of this series — a clean sweep of the visiting Orioles. This also makes it 16 straight wins against the Orioles.
JA Happ got their start this afternoon in the final game of this 4-game series. He threw 95 pitches in 5 innings, gave up 6 hits, 3 walks, and 2 runs, and struck out 6 Baltimore batters. In the 1st, a 1-out walk moved to 2nd on a 2-out single and then scored on another single. Happ then got out of a bases-loaded jam to start the momentum of the game — let them threaten but shut them down. Two outs into the 3rd, a single moved to 2nd on a walk and then scored on a single.
Luis Cessa came into the game for a clean 6th but found some trouble in the 7th. With 1 out, he gave up a double and a walk. Then a 2-out double scored both runners. That was it for Cessa, so Adam Ottavino was called upon to shut down the threat. A wild pitch moved the runner to 3rd where he easily scored on a double to cap off the visitors’ runs today. Then, Britton and Chapman worked their way through the scoreless 8th and 9th to close out the Yankee pitching tonight.
Meanwhile, the Yankee bats gave their pitchers a little wiggle room. And clearly, they needed it. Gardner led-off the 1st with a walk but was out in the fielder’s choice hit by Judge. After Urshela’s short single added another runner. So Didi Gregorius’ single scored Judge, and Gary Sanchez slammed a 3-run home run up the middle into Monument Park to score Urshela and Gregorius.
Then in the 6th, with 2 outs, the Yankees loaded up the bases with Sanchez’s single, Torres’ double, and Tauchman’s walk. Mike Ford then singled home both Sanchez and Torres to edge the Yankees just into that single run lead they’d sail all the way to the last out.
Final score: 6-5 Yankees, Yankees sweep Orioles 3-0 (or 4-0 if you count the doubleheader)
Next up: After their family picnic this after, the Yankees will have another 4-game weekend series, this time hosting the Indians and a big commemorative weekend. On Saturday, they will celebrate Mariano Rivera’s new Hall of Fame plaque with a duplicate unveiled in Monument Park. And Sunday will honor the 2009 Championship with a fan gift of a replica of that year’s World Series ring.
After a travel day on Monday, the Yankees will head to the West Coast for their big road trip against the Athletics, Dodgers, and Mariners. Then they’ll be back in the Bronx to host the Athletics and Rangers before hitting the road once again.
Roster moves: And there’s more roster moves in Yankee Universe. They announced they were designating pitcher Brady Lail for assignment. The Yankees also recalled infielder Thairo Estrada to play in today’s game. And finally, they claimed pitcher Ryan Dull off waivers from the Giants. The evolution of the roster continues.