Coming off a series win against the Texas Rangers and heading home in good spirits, the Baltimore Orioles were trying for two series wins in a row by playing the New York Yankees. It didn't work out in their favor, as the Orioles dropped two out of three to drop to 4-5 to open the season. It's takeaway time!
Baltimore Orioles 3 takeaways from the series loss to the New York Yankees
Friday, 4/7: The Ramón Urías clutch gene
With the home opener pushed back a day due to rain, the Orioles were able to gut out a win over the Yankees in a back and forth battle. A big reason why was the reigning gold glover Urías. In the seventh inning with the game tied 5-5, Urías delivered a double to plate Ryan Mountcastle and put the Orioles ahead 6-5. He then also scored the eventual winning run on a wild pitch from Jimmy Cordero.
That wasn't the extent of his contributions. With Bryan Baker entering the game with two runners on and no one out, in the eighth inning, Urías turned a big double play, snaring a sharp grounder and stepping on third before throwing to first for the second out, undoubtedly saving a run with the Orioles ahead by one. He's a big reason the Orioles took home the win this time.
Saturday, 4/8: Cole Irvin's struggles continue
With Cole Irvin on the mound for the middle game, the Orioles were unable to win two in a row. They jumped out to an early 1-0 lead, but Irvin gave up an RBI single in the fourth inning and then an RBI double and sac fly in the fifth, getting tagged for three runs on four hits and four walks in 4 2/3 innings.
It was an encouraging start for Irvin after a few scoreless innings to start, but things went downhill after that. The Orioles will need Irvin to step things up if they want to have a shot at a playoff spot this season.
Sunday, 4/9: Down early, down permanently
Needing to win to take a series win, the Orioles were unable to do so in a 5-3 loss. Nestor Cortes was the starter for the Yankees and only Adley Rutschman was able to crack him with a 4-for-4 performance.
They also fell into an early hole on the pitching side. Tyler Wells gave up two runs in the first inning, a home run to Aaron Judge in the third, and a home run to spring training friend Franchy Cordero in the fifth inning, with the Yankees win probability just over 90 percent following that blast.
The Orioles tried to fight back with a two run double from Anthony Santander and a solo home run from Rutschman, but in the end it was too little too late, resulting in their second series loss of the year, both to AL East teams.