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Yankees Game 135: Scoreless bullpen secures win

New York Yankees 5 – Baltimore Orioles 2

Looking to exit Baltimore with a win, the Yankees sought offense to support Michael Pineda.

In the first inning against the Orioles’ Wade Miley, Brett Gardner and Rob Refsnyder led off with a pair of walks but the no-contact start to the game continued with strikeouts of Gary Sanchez and Starlin Castro. Fortunately, Chase Headley saved the inning with a two-out bloop single dropped into left field for a run. Following a wild pitch that moved Refsnyder and Headley into scoring position, Austin Romine came through with a two-run single to left field that got through the infield. Two hits with two-outs put the Yankees ahead by three before Michael Pineda touched the mound.

In the third inning, Chase Headley continued two-out run production. Rob Refsnyder led off with a single and Gary Sanchez reached on a walk but Starlin Castro grounded into a double play. Chase Headley got on base when Manny Machado could not throw him out at first for a run-scoring infield single.

Michael Pineda worked in and out of trouble over the course of three innings. In the fourth inning, the lead off walk of Mark Trumbo came back to haunt him. Chris Davis put runners on the corners with a single and a ground out by Steve Pearce scored Trumbo, putting the Orioles on the board. In the fifth inning, Adam Jones led off with a single and Pedro Alvarez brought him home with a double that knocked Pineda out of the game.

In four innings, Michael Pineda allowed two runs on five hits with two walks. He struck out four. Because Pineda could not get through five innings, he did not qualify for the win.

Luis Severino came on in relief but put himself into a tight spot with a wild pitch advancing Alvarez to third base. He struck out Machado for the first out of the inning but walks of Trumbo and Davis loaded the bases, further elevating the danger of this inning. A strikeout of Pearce and a ground out from Matt Wieters ended the inning with the two-run lead intact.

After two innings of relief from Severino, Tommy Layne and Adam Warren combined for a perfect seventh inning. Tyler Clippard gave up a lead off single in the eighth inning but rebounded with a pair of strikeouts. Closer Dellin Betances got the call for a four-out save and got the final out of the eighth inning when Jonathan Schoop grounded out.

The offense was quiet since the third inning. In the ninth inning, Tyler Austin hit a fly ball to right that Mark Trumbo did not catch, allowing Austin to reach second on the fielding error. Ronald Torreyes advanced him to third and Brett Gardner provided an insurance run with a sacrifice fly. Dellin Betances returned for the ninth inning and started with strikeouts of J.J. Hardy and Adam Jones. A fly out by Pedro Alvarez sealed the win for the Yankees. The bullpen combined for five innings of one-hit baseball and Luis Severino was easily rewarded for his two no-hit innings with the win today.


Win – Luis Severino (2-8)

Loss – Wade Miley (8-12)

Save – Dellin Betances (8)



*Chase Headley – 2 for 3, R, BB, 2 RBI (46)

*Austin Romine – 1 for 2, 2 RBI (22)


*Adam Jones – 2 for 5, R

*Pedro Alvarez – 1 for 5, 2B, RBI (46)


Current Yankees Record: 70-65