BALTIMORE, Md. — The New York Yankees kept their streak of winning a series intact but once again could not complete the sweep against the Baltimore Orioles. Considering how much the Yankees hammer the Orioles it should be a layup for a sweep almost every time out but you take the series and keep that train rolling. Additionally, it was great to hear Ken Singleton back on the YES Network broadcast. LOOKOUT!
Plus, there was some good Bronx Pinstripes “juju” at the park as well.
While Austin Hays touched up Corey Kluber with a homer of his own in the home half, Judge would victimize Kremer again during the fourth frame, smoking a 2-1 fastball to dead center to regain the lead.
PLEAD THE FIFTH
I don’t want to talk about the fifth inning but I suppose I have to. After making a nice trap and throw to second on a ball off the bat of DJ Stewart, Tyler Wade dropped the ball on what would’ve been a putout at second base. This, coming after in the top half where Wade popped out on a bunt attempt. Adding insult to injury, the Yankees challenged for some odd reason and obviously lost.
Later in the inning, an RBI double by Pedro Severino, RBI single from Pat Valaika and a Trey Mancini RBI double made it 4-2 Orioles. It could’ve been worse if not for a nice relay throw from Judge to DJ LeMahieu to Kyle Higashioka to cut down Hays for the third out.
GIO WITH A TRIO
In the seventh inning, manager Aaron Boone decided Urshela at 10% was better than Wade at 100%. Facing Travis Lakins Sr., Urshela drilled a 2-2 cutter to deep center for a three-run homer and a 5-4 lead for good.
Once again the Yankees struck early and built themselves a snowman with an 8-2 victory.
This one unraveled quickly for the Orioles. In the first frame, LeMahieu scored the initial run on a passed ball by Chance Sisco. With runners both remaining runners in scoring position, Gary Sanchez plated two with a base knock, back up the box against Jorge Lopez.
The Yankee offense was so good, even Wade collected three hits on the evening.
Domingo Germán welcomed the support but didn’t need much the way he was rolling. Germán kept mixing his fastball and slider in baffling O’s batters. He also kept his quirky streak going with exactly six strikeouts in five consecutive outings. In six innings, Germán allowed one run on four hits and two walks.
For whatever reason, this team simply cannot pull off a sweep. They’re 1-7 when they have an opportunity to sweep this year. New York couldn’t hold leads of 4-0 and 5-2 and fell 10-6.
On an afternoon where the O’s trotted out opener Adam Plutko, the Yankees could’ve blown this one out of the water even more so in the first frame. With the bases packed and zero outs, Urshela banged into a double play but the LeMahieu was able to give them a 1-0 edge. Yet, picking them up was Sanchez with a three-run jolt to left and Clint Frazier, the ensuing batter, smacking a solo shot to left-center for the 4-0 lead.