The New York Yankees could not get the big hit needed as the Baltimore Orioles one big inning is enough to hold off the Bronx Bombers.
- New York Yankees 2 (4-3)
- Baltimore Orioles 5 (2-5)
- W: Andrew Cashner (1-1, 4.09 ERA)
- L: Masahiro Tanaka (1-1, 2.92 ERA)
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In their first meeting of the season, the New York Yankees and Baltimore Orioles felt each other out for five scoreless innings. Aaron Judge would open up the scoring with a solo home run in the bottom of the sixth, but the Yankees would not hold that lead for long.
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After dominating for six innings, Masahiro Tanaka found himself in trouble. Adam Jones launched a two-run home run to take the lead. Tanaka would be pulled in favor of Chad Green following a Tim Beckham single. Green allowed the inherited runner to score along with two more. The Orioles put up five in the seventh inning and they would never relinquish that lead.
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Didi Gregorius remains the hottest hitter in the lineup after reaching base safely in all four plate appearances. He showed good plate discipline to draw two walks and was hit by pitch late in the game. His one hit came in the seventh inning. He laced a double into right field and would eventually score to cut the lead to three, but it would not be enough to turn the tide for the Yanks. It is way too early for stats to mean much, but it is notable that Gregorius has an OPS of 1.474 just one week into the season.
Orioles Solve Yankee Lineup
The Yankee bats couldn’t figure out Andrew Cashner tonight and they only managed four hits in total. Cashner surrendered two hits over six innings and kept the Yanks off balance all night. Cashner and the bullpen navigated through the Yankees lineup despite finding themselves pitching in big spots with runners in scoring position. New York’s only hit in eight chances with runners in scoring position came on a Neil Walker single that plated Gregorius.
- Tyler Wade showed off his speed by stretching a base hit into a double in the third inning. Adam Jones looked surprised that Wade went for second and Wade’s aggressiveness paid off. He also worked two walks in potentially big spots.
- Miguel Andujar got his first start at third base this season. He has yet to reach base safely in seven at-bats this season.
- Trey Mancini went 3-for-5 with two RBI in the leadoff spot. Mancini is coming off a year in which he placed third in Rookie of the Year voting—finishing behind Andrew Benintendi of the Red Sox and Aaron Judge.