The Yankees dropped the second game of today’s doubleheader at Camden Yards, 6-3. The loss marks the end of the Yankees’ 19 game winning streak against Baltimore.
It’s late, it’s a Friday night, and it’s the second game of a doubleheader where the first game took nearly four hours. That means an abbreviated takeaways, bullet points style. Off we go:
- The Orioles put Deivi García to work, despite just one player really getting to the rookie. The 21 year-old righty wasn’t as good as his first start, but he did a nice job nonetheless. He exited with two on and two out in the fifth and Ryan Mountcastle due up. The Yankees ahead 3-2. Those two runners did come around to score, leaving Deivi with a final line of: 4 2/3 innings, 5 hits, 4 runs, 2 walks, 6 strikeouts, and 1 homer. It wasn’t as efficient of an outing as last time out because the Orioles fouled off 23 of his 95 pitches. His big mistake: a two-run homer by Mountcastle in the 2nd inning. It wasn’t a bad pitch as it was in and off the plate. Boone probably didn’t want to let him see Deivi a third time, by the way. To close on a positive note: he showed nice poise after recovering from two fielding errors (one official) earlier in the game. He himself made an error and Miguel Andújar played a routine grounder into an infield single.
- In retrospect, Clarke Schmidt’s debut should have been in a clean inning. Hindisght is 20/20, but Aaron Boone perhaps should have brought in Adam Ottavino instead of Schmidt to inherit Deivi’s two runners. It’s asking a lot to have Ottavino go for a third straight day, but I suppose he only wanted to use him if a save situation arose. Keep in mind Aroldis Chapman, Zack Britton, Chad Green, and Jonathan Holder were all unavailable after pitching game one. Well, that save situation never came. Schmidt surrendered three straight hits upon entrance and the Orioles took a 6-3 lead, which wound up being the final score. Schmidt wasn’t hit hard though: the exit velocities were 75, 94, and 81 MPH. He escaped with his first career strikeout (Dilson Herrera), but struggled with his command in the sixth. We’ll just have to see Schmidt at his best his next time on the mound, preferably as a starter.
- Seeing Erik Kratz get a big hit with Deivi starting was delightful. We know how fond Kratz is of tonight’s starter. He was emotional in discussing it before today’s games. So to pick up the rookie with a two-run single in the fourth inning, which gave the Yankees a 3-2 lead at the time, was nice to see. Not much more to add to that.
- Miguel Andújar’s defense at thid base is — you guessed it — not good. I think many of us wanted to see Andújar back from the Alternate Site to give the offense a lift, but not under these circumstances. Rather than displace Mike Ford, Mike Tauchman, or Brett Gardner, he’s back as a result of Gio Urshela’s IL stint. As mentioned before, he turned what should have been an easy 5-3 into a base hit. He double-clutched before he threw, which gave Mountcastle enough time to beat the throw.
After almost 7 hours, this day of Yankees baseball is over. It’s a good thing the Bombers have a night game tomorrow. That starts at 7:35 p.m. EDT. Have a good night.