The Yankees were not able to take the final game of this three game series with the Baltimore Orioles. This was CC Sabathia‘s first start since coming off the DL, while he got into multiple jams he still showed some good velocity, and should be able to give more in his next start. The Yankees just could not pull out this game as a late home run gave the O’s a lead.
In the first inning CC Sabathia got himself into a jam. He led the game off with a walk, and that never leads to anything good. The next batter hit a ball to Stephen Drew and he could not field the ball cleanly, and only get the runner out a first. Manny Machado then hit a ground ball to move the runner to third with two outs. Then Chris Davis was able to handle the lefty-lefty matchup, and hit a single to score the first run of the game.
The Yankees were able to answer right back in the bottom of the first inning. Carlos Beltran with two outs hit a solo home run to tie the game. Then in the third inning Carlos Beltran came through again with a base hit. That base hit was able to score Didi Gregorius and Jacoby Ellsbury to give the Yankees a 3-1 lead. Beltran has really been the best player for the Yankees since the trade deadline, and the Yankees will need him to continue his hot bat through September.
In the top of the fifth inning CC Sabathia got in another jam. There were two on with nobody out, and Sabathia was able to get the next two batters out, and Chris Davis up to plate. CC got Davis to two strikes, and then he hit Chris Davis to load the bases. Sabathia’s night was finished since it was his first start off his rehab. Adam Warren came in and was able to get a ground ball to Chase Headley. What happene next was like watching 8 year olds playing little league baseball. Headley threw the ball to Stephen Drew, and while it was a bad throw, Drew should have handled it with ease. Instead, Drew let the ball squib pass him and the Orioles were able to score two unearned runs to tie the game.
In the top of the eighth inning the Orioles were able to break up the 3-3 tie. With one out, Adam Warren gave up a solo home run to Steve Pearce to give the O’s a 4-3 lead. That was the end of Adam Warren’s night as Joe Girardi pulled him for Nick Rumbelow. Then in the ninth inning the Orioles were able to tack on another run. Chris Davis was able to hit a ground rule double scoring a run to make it 5-3.
After Beltran’s two run single, the Yankees bats went ice-cold, and could not hit the Baltimore pitching at all.
Losing two out of three to a bad team is never good, but on the positive note it looks like the Blue Jays will also lose two out of three to the Red Sox. The Yankees were not able to gain any ground, but I think more importantly the Yankees did not lose any ground.
The Yankees have their most important series start tomorrow. The Yankees will be playing four games with the Blue Jays. David Price is on the mound for the Blue Jays, while rookie sensation Luis Severino will go for the Yankees. First pitch is schedule for 7:05 pm.
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