The New York Yankees lost to the Baltimore Orioles 4-3 in 11 innings. This game was crazy, wild, confusing, frustrating, weird, exciting, and eventful. Let’s just dive right into it.
Taillon solid in Yankees debut
Jameson Taillon was on an MLB mound for the first time in almost two years. Still, he was able to put out a strong showing.
Taillon picked up 7 Ks over 4.2 innings, allowing just 3 total base runners. Yet, two of those base runners went yard in the 4th, crediting Taillon with 2 ER in his first outing. Taillon was dealing his first time through the order, retiring 9 consecutive batters to start the game before Cedric Mullins homered to start the 4th. His slider today was particularly nasty, yet he had nice command of his fastball today too. He did not have the best command over his low curve, but it is so deceptive that he got batters swinging on it anyway. He also dropped in a few changeups throughout his outing. Ultimately, a very encouraging first start.
After Taillon, the Yankees bullpen continued their beginning of the season dominance. Nick Nelson came in to finish the 5th and worked through the 6th as well. After him, Darren O’Day, Jonathan Loaisiga, and Aroldis Chapman came in to hold the O’s at 2 before extras.
Chad Green came in 1st in extra innings. A Gleyber Torres error allowed 1 run to come in the 10th, but the Yankees matched it with a Kyle Higashioka RBI single. Then, in the 11th, Green started to struggle, giving up one run and leaving two on-base and one out for Luis Cessa. Cessa walked one to load the bases before striking out the next two. All in all, another strong outing from the pitchers.
Yankees rack up hits, struggle to score
Meanwhile, on the offensive side of the ball, the Yankees had an interesting game. Even though the Yankees reached base 15 times, they were only able to score 3 runs the whole game. During the first 9 innings, they only scored 2 despite racking up 12 hits.
Down 1 in the bottom of the 10th, Higgy’s clutch RBI single brought the game to the 11th. Unfortunately, the Yankees could not match the O’s in the 11th, ending on a play at home with Gio Urshela getting tagged out.
Though it hurt badly missing Judge’s bat in the lineup, the Yankees have no excuses, as they were unable to score at all with RISP.
The Bronx Bombers head south to face off against the Tampa Bay Rays as part of a two-series road trip. The Rays will be raising their AL Pennant winning banner during the first game. Corey Kluber is slated to face off against Rich Hill.
One final note is that Aaron Judge did not play today due to a sore side. Though there is not much information from the organization about the injury, it seems to be a re-aggravation of an existing injury from Spring Training, not a new injury. It remains to be seen how long Judge will be out, but with the injury-causing Turf Monster at Tropicana Field, don’t be surprised if Judge sits a few games.