Matt Holliday and Gary Sanchez gave the Yanks a 5-1 lead, but they couldn’t hold it as the Yankees fell to Baltimore 6-5 Friday night. The loss drops them to 1-3.
Holliday singled in a run in the first, and after the Orioles tied it in the bottom of the first, he hit a two-run HR (1) in the third. Sanchez hit a 2-run HR (1) in the top of the fifth.
But in the bottom of the fifth, Luis Severino gave up a 3-run HR to Manny Machado, and Tyler Clippard gave up a 2-run HR in the seventh to Seth Smith which cost the Yanks the game.
Brett Gardner only stole 16 bases last year, but last night was the Gardner we want to have. 3 hits, 3 runs scored, 2 SB.
Sanchez had 2 hits and 2 RBI. Holliday was 2 for 2 with 2 walks and 3 RBI.
Starlin Castro added 2 hits.
It was a strange night for Chase Headley, who made two sparkling plays on line drives but who also made two costly throwing errors.
Severino 5 IP, 4 R, 6 H, 1 walk, 6 K. 7.20 Gave up 1 HR
Holder (H, 1) 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 1 K. 0.00
Layne (H, 1) 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 0 k. 0.00
Clippard (BS, 1; L, 0-1) 1 IP, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 H, 0 walks, 1 K. 4.50 Gave up 1 HR.
Mitchell 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 Walks, 1 K. 0.00
The Yankees bullpen has been great in four games, with only Clippard giving up any runs. The starters still need to go deeper in games. Severino and CC went five, the longest of the starters.
But the winning of spring training has escaped the Yanks for now. Tanaka tries to right the ship and rebound from his poor Opening Day performance today.
Greg Bird, who hit .451 or so in spring training, is really struggling. His 0 for 4 with 3 strikeouts last night has him at .063. Aaron Judge was 0 for 3 with 2 strikeouts and is at .133. Hopefully Sanchez’ 2 hits get him going. He’s at .167. With these kids, growing pains, but it is still early.
But hopefully things turn around soon.