The Yanks (74-39) slugged six HR in a 9-4 win over the Orioles Tuesday night. The lead in the AL East stays at 9 over Tampa Bay (since it is 15 1/2 over Boston, I won’t even mention Boston henceforth). The magic # to clinch the division, if you are interested, is 40. More once it gets under 20.
The win is the Yankees’ seventh in a row, and they have won 14 in a row at Camden Yards, a “home away from home.”
But the concern is over Gleyber Torres. For the second time in three days, he was pulled from the game, and more tests are coming. He says same thing as Sunday night. Core issue pain. He is headed back to NY for more tests.
The Yanks hit three HR in the third inning to take a 3-0 lead. Mike Tauchman (10) and D.J. LeMahieu (18) went back-to-back, then after Aaron Judge struck out, Didi Gregorius hit #8.
After that inning, Torres was pulled.
I don’t understand why Aaron Boone let Jonathan Holder, the “opener”, pitch a third inning. As the “opener”, he is supposed to pitch one, maybe two innings. Why push him to a third? It backfired when Holder gave up two runs in the third. Lead down to 3-2, Yanks.
The Yanks came right back with two in the top of the fourth to go up 5-2. Cameron Maybin led off the inning with a walk and Mike Ford doubled him to third. Austin Romine then doubled both runners home.
Tauchman robbed Pedro Severino of a HR in the top of the fourth.
Stephen Tarpley gave up a 2-run HR in the fifth that cut the lead to 5-4.
Romine homered (6) in the sixth to put the Yanks up 6-4.
Romine and Tauchman hit back-to-back doubles to lead off the top of the eighth to make it 7-4.
The Yanks got more insurance runs in the top of the ninth when Brett Gardner (17) and Cameron Maybin (6) hit back-to-back HR for the final score of 9-4.
The six HR the Yanks hit in the game make their total 38 this year at Camden Yards, with today’s game to go.
LeMahieu 2 hits, RBI. Solo HR (18)
Gregorius solo HR (8)
Gardner solo HR (17)
Maybin solo HR (6)
Romine 3 hits, 3 RBI. HR (6)
Tauchman 2 hits, 2 RBI. HR (10). Robbed an Oriole of a HR.
Holder 2 2/3 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 0 W, 2 K. 6.31
Tarpley 2 IP, 2 R, 6 H, 1 W, 0 K. 8.31
Cortes (W, 5-0, 4.37) 2 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 1 K.
Ottavino (S, 1) 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K. 1.41