The New York Yankees avoided the sweep in Baltimore but have more problems on their hands in this edition of the Bronx Buzz.
Welcome to the world of the New York Yankees, where success is expected and championships rain down on the town with great frequency. This world of the Yankees has changed a little since the last time we met.
The Yankees squeaked out a victory against the Baltimore Orioles, despite struggling to get a hit in the first few innings off of Wade Miley. The best part about the comeback by the Yankees is that it came late in the game off some seemingly unhittable relievers.
Overcoming a 3-0 deficit at the hands of their American League East rivals started with a two-run triple from shortstop Ronald Torreyes and ended with the Yankees exploding for four runs off of Darren O’Day.
Aaron Judge also added two RBIs on the afternoon, one coming off a solo shot in the eighth inning to tie the game.
— Sung Min Kim (@sung_minkim) April 9, 2017
While it’s easy to get overshadowed, there is one important stat to look for. Matt Holliday may have gone 0-0 this afternoon, but he got on base all five times.
After getting his 2,000th hit on Saturday, it might be safe to say that maybe the Orioles just didn’t want to pitch to him? Either that or Holliday showed incredible poise and patience at the plate and put them in a position to win.
Holliday is the 4th player in #Yankees history to go 0-for-0 with 5BB. Joins Hersh Martin ('44), Lou Gehrig ('35) & Roger Peckinpaugh ('19).
— ChristianKouroupakis (@TheRealCk260) April 9, 2017
Either way, Holliday made history and joined some of the greatest names in sports. That is your obscure, incredible fact for the day.
While all was good on the field, the news surrounding Greg Bird simply got worse. While Bird is sitting out for the ankle, he also might not make the big Opening Day start this afternoon.
If it’s not one thing, it’s another. Bird’s ankle kept him out but his illness might keep him out even longer.
Greg Bird said his ankle is feeling better. Problem is, he was up all night with the flu or food poisoning. #Yankees
— Bryan Hoch (@BryanHoch) April 9, 2017
Unsure of the exact diagnosis, I think it’s safe to say that he might simply have the avian flu. What else would a Bird get?
We’ve also clarified that he is, indeed, an actual bird. Just ask Brett Gardner.
— Yankees On Demand (@YankeesonDemand) March 28, 2017
After handing the Orioles their first loss of the season, the Yankees will return home to show just what home-field advantage is all about.
And remember, it may be an early victory but don’t forget to flex those muscles and brag about it a little. This guy definitely did.
Two more runs score and it's a 7-3 Yankees lead. Current mood: pic.twitter.com/g00QV9GbXx
— New York Yankees (@Yankees) April 9, 2017
Happy Monday and may the Yankees crank out another win for old time’s sake.