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Orioles Split Doubleheader Opener With Yankees

July 10, 2018 - 10:02 am
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By Joe Schiller

Following a winless six-game road trip against the Philadelphia Phillies and Minnesota Twins, the Baltimore Orioles returned back home. Monday’s slate featured a divisional doubleheader against the visiting New York Yankees.

The Orioles split the matchup with a 5-4 win in the afternoon and a 10-2 loss in the evening.

 

Game 1

With Jimmy Yacabonis on the mound, the Orioles played catch up baseball early. Giancarlo Stanton got ahold of a high pitch in the zone on a 2-1 count and smacked a solo shot to left field to give the Yankees a 1-0 lead. Stanton and the rest of the stadium knew the ball was out of Camden Yards once it hit the bat. Aaron Judge and Didi Gregorius added back-to-back RBI singles in the third inning to extend the lead to 3-0.

But despite a shaky start through three innings, Yacabonis settled down. He notched a three up, three down inning in the fourth and allowed just one hit in his final two innings of work. In 71 pitches on the mound, he allowed six hits and three runs, keeping the Orioles within striking distance and they did just that with the long ball.

Manny Machado doubled in the bottom of the fourth inning and Mark Trumbo followed with a 386-foot bomb, his 12th home run of the season, cutting the lead to 3-2. Trumbo finished the day 1-3 and continues to see the ball well at the plate and raise his batting average (.264). Jonathan Schoop didn’t tack on an RBI but led the Orioles with three hits of his own on the day.

Mike Wright Jr. pitched in relief of Yacabonis following the fifth inning and allowed a Neil Walker single that scored Stanton. Luckily, Danny Valencia proved to be the unsung hero.

Valencia connected on a deep three-run home run to center field, providing the winning runs for the Orioles. The homer snapped a dreaded 0-for-25 skid for Valencia.

The Yankees threatened in the ninth with the tying run on third with two outs but closer Zach Britton forced Brett Gardner to ground out and earned the save.


Game 2

Following their much-need win that snapped a six-game losing streak, the Orioles failed to carry that momentum into the nightcap.

Another young arm – Yefry Ramirez – took the mound following two impressive previous performances but didn’t see the same success against a talented Yankees lineup. He allowed nine hits and four runs in just four innings of work on the mound.

The Yankees exploded for 10 runs in a blowout that started with an RBI double by DiDi Gregorius in the first inning. He was one of three players to hit home runs for the opposition as the Orioles couldn’t produce on either side of the plate.

A recalled Luis Cessa put together a confidence booster on the mound in six innings of work for the Yankees. He kept the Orioles silent at the plate and allowed three hits and no runs to earn the best start of his career.

Similar to Sunday’s loss to the Twins, Tim Beckham hit a two-run home run in the eighth inning gave the Orioles some offensive production but it didn’t change the result of the game whatsoever. By that time it was too late as the Yankees cruised en route to a 10-2 lead.

The Orioles drop to 25-66 on the season but even with the loss, splitting a doubleheader against one of the top teams in the American League is a positive takeaway.

There’s no break in baseball as the two sides face off again tonight. Andrew Cashner is slated to start on the mound and will take on Masahiro Tanaka.