After striking out five times earlier this week, Giancarlo Stanton managed to wear the golden sombrero once again, as the newly-acquired slugger went 0 for 7 in this extra-inning battle against the O’s. That being said, it is unfair to place all the blame on Stanton’s shoulders considering the number of opportunities the offense had but failed to take advantage.
Switching to the pitching side, starter Jordan Montgomery simply did not have it today, needing to grind through every pitch he threw to the opposing lineup. Even though the offense gave the young starter an early five-run lead, Monty was unable to make it past the fifth inning.
Another game, another extra-inning loss to the Orioles
As Wallace Matthews recently mentioned on Twitter, the Yankees have roughly ninety-four percent of their schedule remaining, so it is way too early to jump to any harsh conclusions. However, these are the kind of games the Yankees should win, especially with the number of chances they had throughout the ballgame. With fourteen runners left on base and going 6-20 with runners in scoring position, you certainly cannot expect much out of an offense. That being said, there were quite a few bright spots coming from the offense.
Filling in for the injured Gary Sanchez, veteran backstop Austin Romine tallied 3H, 3RBI, and 1BB. It is safe to appoint Romine as the best catcher on the team, thus making Sanchez expendable: (I kid, I kid)
Austin Romine collected three RBI singles Sunday afternoon. pic.twitter.com/0Pv4a7peJx
Despite getting lifted in the 7th, SS Ronald Torreyes contributed with 1H and 1 RBI, giving the Yankees a five-run lead in the first inning, resulting in a very short outing for Oriole starter Mike Wright, Jr.
Since we are living in the year 2018, here is a GIF of Ronny Torreyes picking up an RBI double:
Toe's RBI double gives a 5-0 Yankees lead and a new Orioles pitcher in the first inning.
Montgomery, bullpen unable to hold early lead
Despite the five-run lead, LHP Jordan Montgomery was unable to steer the Yanks to a win. Starting in the 2nd, RF Anthony Santander singled, driving in 3B Tim Beckham. The very next inning, Beckham added another run to the ledger, shrinking the lead to 5-2.
One of the big blows came off the bat of DH Danny Valencia, who hit a 2-run home run off Montgomery, officially turning this laugher of a game into a nail-biter. This was Montgomery’s last inning, ending with the stat line: 4.1IP, 4K, 2BB, 10H, 4ER, 86 pitches, 57 strikes. Boone opted to replace his starter with RHP Domingo German, who was recently recalled from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes Barre. This move ended up backfiring, as German surrendered a 7th inning homer to Anthony Santander, giving the Orioles a 7-6 lead.
Heartbreak in extras
Fast Forward to the bottom of the 12th, Aaron Judge stepped into the box with no outs and the bases loaded, looking to give his team the W. Instead, Judge hit into a double play, crushing any hopes of a rally.
The final nail in the coffin resulted from another K from Giancarlo Stanton, ending the slugger’s disappointing 0-7 day. Closer Brad Brach got the job done, as the Orioles beat the Yanks, 8-7.
Set-up man Dellin Betances and closer Aroldis Chapman looked great in relief today, collectively striking out 3 while only allowing 1 hit in 2 innings. This was a good sign for the Yankees as they attempt to righten the ship early in the season, hoping the duo performs up to their abilities down the stretch.