Baltimore Orioles fall to New York Yankees in series opener
It’s always a sad day when the Baltimore Orioles lose a game, but especially when the team starts out with a lead.
After the Baltimore Orioles were up by three runs at the close the third inning, the New York Yankees came back and won the game by a score of 7-4.
This loss was especially painful after Dylan Bundy pitched so well in his previous start when he shut out the Seattle Mariners on Aug. 29.
Pitching gave up too many walks
By the time Bundy’s day was over, he pitched four innings and into the fifth. He gave up five hits and earned runs. He walked four batters and struck out five. It was a far cry from the shutout just a few days ago. This loss also pushed his ERA back over four.
The biggest problem was walks. The combined total of 10 is simply too much for any Major League team to give up, especially to a team like the Yankees. The Bronx Bombers know how to take advantage of every mistake, which is exactly what they did. Aaron Judge, Todd Frazier, and Jacoby Ellsbury all ended up scoring off of walks. Add those to the pair of home runs and it is clear why the Yankees won this game.
Orioles couldn’t convert their walks to runs
Unfortunately, the Orioles could not convert their walks into runs. There were only three walks given up by Yankees pitching, but they came at opportune times. In the bottom of the eighth, Tim Beckham and Manny Machado were both walked, and with no outs the three batters who followed could not get them across home plate.
The Orioles offense, as usual, came in the form of home runs. Beckham got the game started with a 3-1 lead-off home run to right center. Chris Davis hit his 23rd of the season and scored Mark Trumbo in the process in his first at-bat of the game. Welington Castillo added to his total, which is now 19, by hitting the final one of the game in the 9th. Unfortunately, it was too little, too late and the O’s got the loss.
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Big hitters were quiet
Yankees pitching only gave up six hits all day. Jonathan Schoop and Adam Jones were rendered silent as was Joey Rickard. All of the other Orioles in the lineup recorded one hit a piece. And, the hot Manny Machado was walked twice.
Chris Davis did have a notable day as he managed to make a double play on his own at first base. Check out the video here. The other double play included Davis, Machado, and pitcher Richard Rodriguez, who made his second appearance of the season on the mound in the seventh inning.
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The Orioles face the Yankees on Tuesday night at 7:05. C.C. Sabathia is scheduled to face Jeremy Hellickson. The offense will need to come up big tomorrow as Sabathia has pitched well in his last two starts. Hellickson, on the other hand, has regressed to an ERA over eight in his latest starts for the Orioles.