The New York Yankees looked to salvage their series against the Baltimore Orioles on Sunday afternoon, but it wouldn’t be easy without Gary Sanchez or Greg Bird in the lineup. However, they were able to grind out a nice come-from-behind 7-3 victory.
CC Sabathia was on the mound for the Bronx Bombers and he allowed two early runs in the second inning. Sabathia settled down, though, going six innings — the longest of any Yankees starter this season. The lefty allowed six hits and struck out three on the day.
Up until the top of the sixth inning the Yankees looked lifeless against Orioles starter, Wade Miley. Miley issued seven walks but only allowed one hit to the Yankees over five innings.
Ronald Torreyes tripled into the right-center gap and drove home two runs, adding to his team high RBI total of seven, in the sixth. The triple brought the Yankees within striking distance, down 3-2. Torreyes went 3-5 on the day and has been a huge reason the Yankees have been able to score any runs this season.
Yankees designated hitter Matt Holliday didn’t record a hit on the day but walked a career-high five times, which also tied a Yankees club record. Holliday’s patience at the plate proved vital in his final at-bat when Jacoby Ellsbury pinch-ran for him and was able to score on a Starlin Castro single which gave the Yankees their first lead of the game.
The Yankees then opened things up in the ninth inning, scoring four runs off of reliever Darren O’Day. On the other hand, the Yankees bullpen was flawless. Tyler Clippard, Dellin Betances and Aroldis Chapman didn’t allow a hit in the three innings they pitched and struck out five batters combined.
It’s back to the Bronx on Monday afternoon following a solid 7-3 victory. The Yankees will play the Tampa Bay Rays in their home opener and will look to get their record above .500 before facing the St. Louis Cardinals on Friday.
Win- Dellin Betances (1-1)
Loss- Darren O’Day (0-1)