It was a pitcher’s duel into the sixth. In the bottom of the sixth, Aaron Judge hit his second HR of the year to make it 1-0 Yankees.
But Masahiro Tanaka couldn’t hold the lead. He gave up a two-run HR and Chad Green, brought in to slam the door, instead opened the floodgates and the Orioles scored three more runs in a five-run seventh for them which won the game for Baltimore, 5-2.
So far this season, the Yanks have gotten good performances from their starters but the bullpen, predicted to be one of the best bullpens ever, has failed them.
The Yanks got only four hits tonight. Judge’s blast being only the second hit.
In the third, Wade doubled and moved to third, but with one out and Gardner up, no squeeze. Perfect situation for one. Speed at third and at the plate. No one squeezes home runs anymore. Instead Gardner struck out, couldn’t even get the SF, and Judge made out.
We will have to see if Boone is like Girardi and never squeezes.
After Judge broke the scoreless tie in the bottom of the sixth with a HR (2), Tanaka gave up a 2-run HR to Adam Jones in the top of the seventh. After a ground out and single, Chad Green replaced Tanaka.
A single and double made it 3-1 O’s. Then a strikeout but another single made it 5-1 O’s. Instead of slamming the door, it was kicked wide open.
The Yanks got a run back in the bottom of the inning on a double by Didi and a single by Neil Walker.
They loaded the bases for Walker in the eighth but he grounded out.
A lot of guys aren’t hitting right now. Whether it is the cold or something else, who knows.
Tanaka (L, 1-1) 6 1/3 IP, 3 R, 6 H, 0 W, 7 K. Gave up 1 HR. 2.92
Green 2/3 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 0 W, 2 K. 4.50
Warren 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. 3.86
Betances 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 w, 3 K. 6.75
The Yanks fall to 4-3 on the season.
Trayce Thompson to the Yanks didn’t last long. The Yanks wanted to send him to AAA SWB but to do so, Thompson, who was out of options, had to clear waivers. He did not and Oakland claimed him. So off he goes to the Bay.