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Yankees beat Orioles 7-2 in 2019 season opener

Mancini and Ruiz drive in runs

March 28, 2019 - 5:03 pm
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By Jake McDonnell 

The Baltimore Orioles dropped their season opener to the New York Yankees 7-2 on a sunshiny day in the Bronx. 

Andrew Cashner ran into some trouble early in his first start of 2019. After striking out Brett Gardner, both Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton singled. Then clean-up hitter Luke Voit crushed a ball way beyond the reach of Orioles center-fielder Cedric Mullins for a three-run home run. In the third inning after Judge singled and Cashner walked both Stanton and Voit, the Yankees added their fourth run when Miguel Andujar hit into a 6-4-3 double play that scored Judge from third. 

A half inning later with two outs, Trey Mancini hit a sharp ground ball to Andujar at third base. Andujar tried to make a Manny Machado-like play, but his throw went past the reach of Greg Bird at first base. The ball got away as Mancini approached first, allowing the Baltimore designated hitter to reach second. Then Rio Ruiz got the Orioles on the board for the first time in 2019 when he sent a ground ball into shallow center field. Mancini crossed home before Gardner could get the ball in. 

Cashner ran into more control problems in the fifth inning. He walked Gardner and Judge right away before Brandon Hyde came out to make his first pitching change as Orioles Manager. Mike Wright was called upon and didn't make things any better, walking Stanton and hitting Voit in the arm to score Gardner. Up next, Andujar almost hit a grand slam, but left fielder Dwight Smith Jr. caught the ball on the warning track. Andujar ended up with a sacrifice fly-out as Judge scored from third. Wright retired the next two batters and both runs were charged to Cashner. Over four innings Cashner allowed six runs on six hits, four walks, and three strikeouts. 

"Take away the two walks in the fifth and I thought I had a lot of balls really close on the plate that could have gone either way, but it is what it is," Cashner said after the game. "I think if I don't give up that home run there, it could have been a different ballgame for sure." 

The Orioles added their second run in the sixth inning off the bat of Mancini, who hit a double to score Smith Jr. from first base. The final Yankees run came in the eighth when Bird smacked a solo home run to center-field off Paul Fry. David Hess was the fourth Orioles pitcher to appear on Thursday, giving up one hit and two walks with two strikeouts over two innings. Baltimore pitchers combined for eight strikeouts, but they also racked up eight walks. 

"For the most part, we competed," Hyde said after the game. "We walked too many guys, we allowed them to have way too many opportunties, and we faced some really good pitching. [We'll] come back in two days and do it again." 

Mancini led the Orioles offensively, going 3-for-4 with his one-run double. Jonathan Villar went 2-for-4 and got the first Orioles hit of the season in the first inning with two outs. Other than Ruiz, Smith Jr. and Hanser Alberto tallied hits. Rule 5 picks Richie Martin and Drew Jackson both made their major league debuts. Martin started at shortstop and Jackson pinch-hit and replaced Smith Jr. in left during the eighth inning. 

Following an off-day on Friday, the Orioles will play two 1:05 pm games on Saturday and Sunday to wrap up their first series of 2019. Nate Karns will serve as the "opener" on Saturday, and Dylan Bundy will start Sunday's game.