NEW YORK — In a game that seemed to have everything, the New York Yankees lost a marathon of a game to the Baltimore Orioles, 7-3, at Yankee Stadium. A grand slam by Pedro Alvarez in the 14th inning off of Jonathan Holder was the big hit that got the O’s the victory.
CC Sabathia only lasted four innings, giving up three solo shots to the Orioles. He left the game early with a hip injury.
Manny Machado opened the scoring early for Baltimore, hitting his fourth career home run off of Sabathia in the first inning. The Orioles shortstop would then add another to his tally in the third inning.
Luckily for the Yankees, they were able to respond accordingly to both of Machado’s homers. In the bottom half of the first, Giancarlo Stanton hit a bloop-single to right field to bring home Brett Gardner. Aaron Judge would then hit an RBI single in the third to tie the game at two.
In the next frame though, Sabathia would once again leave a pitch in the middle of the plate to Chris Davis. Davis went deep with a long shot to the bleachers in right field.
Over the next few innings, the Yankees would find it difficult producing offense against Kevin Gausman, who gave up just five hits and two runs in five innings of work.
New York’s next best chance to score would come in the sixth inning, when Stanton and Didi Gregorius would open the frame with singles. After Gary Sanchez grounded into a fielder’s choice, confusion would commence on a soft ground ball by Neil Walker.
With Stanton caught in a rundown between third and home, Baltimore catcher Caleb Joseph would force him all the way back to third base, with Sanchez already standing on it. Smartly, he tagged Sanchez, before tagging Stanton who had overrun the base. The umpires, however, would only call Stanton out, which prompted Buck Showalter to put the game under protest. It would not matter in the end as Ronald Torreyes would ground out to end the threat.
In a game wherein they could not get the big hit, the Bombers would finally get one in the eighth. Gregorius, who has been the Yankees’ most consistent offensive threat in the early going, continued to produce in the cleanup spot. He tied the game at three with a homer off Miguel Castro. The score would holdup as the teams entered extra innings.
In the eleventh, Gregorius would once again be involved in a potential Yankee run. With him 90 feet away from a Yankee win, a slider would get past Joseph and warrant Didi to run home. As he slid into home plate, however, O’s pitcher Mychal Givens would make an excellent play, simultaneously catching the ball and blocking home plate to prevent the run from scoring. Upon review, it was ruled that the blocking of the plate was legal, and brought the game to the twelfth inning.
With Chasen Shreve on for his second inning, the Orioles would threaten. With the bases loaded, Colby Rasmus was at-bat, looking to give Baltimore the lead. With his 40th pitch, though, the Yankee lefty would strike him out to keep the score levelled.
The next highlight would come in the top of the thirteenth inning, when Judge robbed a home run from Joseph, who hit one to the opposite field off of Holder. The right fielder timed his jump perfectly and used all of his 6’7 frame to bring that ball back.
New York’s offense, however, continued to remain dormant in the latter stages of this game. As for Baltimore, the grand slam by Alvarez was enough to get them the win in the fourteenth inning.
The injury bug continued to bite the Yankees in this game as Brandon Drury and Tyler Wade left the games early with apparent injuries. Torreyes and Tyler Austin, respectively, came in to replace them. Sanchez also had to be taken out in the final inning, as Romine came in for him on defense.
Both teams will need to get some length out of their starters, as Sonny Gray faces Chris Tillman in the third game of this series tomorrow.