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Yankees lose heartbreaker to Orioles in 14

April 7, 2018

 

The Yankees suffered their fourth loss of the season on Friday night/Saturday morning in gut-wrenching fashion. CC Sabathia got the start for the Yankees, pitching just four innings, allowing three runs on four hits while striking out three and walking none before exiting after the fourth due to hip soreness. He would have an MRI later that night that, according to MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch on Twitter, didn’t show much. The Orioles got on the board early on a solo home run by Manny Machado in the first inning. Giancarlo Stanton stepped up and answered back with an RBI single that scored Brett Gardner the very next half inning to tie the game. After a scoreless second, Machado came up again in the third inning and did just what he did in the first, hitting another solo shot off CC.

Machado’s second home run was answered by the Yankees the same way as his first, with an RBI single in the next half inning to score Gardner, this time by Aaron Judge. The 2-2 tie did not hold up for long, as first baseman Chris Davis hit a solo home run off of CC in the fourth to put Baltimore up 3-2. In the sixth, Brandon Drury was removed from the game due to an undisclosed injury, and Ronald Torreyes would take his place as a pinch hitter. It was later reported by Hoch that Drury was dealing with migraines and blurred vision.

Tyler Wade Also appeared to sustain an injury on a groundout in the seventh, though it appeared in the dugout that he was sick, and this was confirmed by Hoch on Twitter as well, as he claimed Wade is suffering from a fever and flu-like symptoms. The score would remain the same until the bottom of the eighth when the red-hot Didi Gregorius came up big with a solo home run off of Miguel Castro to tie the game.

After a scoreless ninth, the game headed to extra innings, and, despite many opportunities for each team, remained tied at 4 until the fourteenth inning. The Yankees nearly walked off on a wild pitch by Orioles’ pitcher Mychal Givens in the eleventh, but catcher Caleb Joseph got a fortunate bounce from the ball off the backstop and flipped the ball to Givens who tagged Didi Gregorius out at the plate. Aaron Boone challenged the play, but the call on the field would stand. After a scoreless twelfth, the Orioles nearly took a three-run lead, but Judge robbed Joseph of a home run to end the frame and keep the score tied.

After the offense failed to plate a run in the bottom of the thirteenth, Jonathan Holder, who has struggled in the early going of this season, came on to pitch. The Orioles loaded the bases on a walk to Trey Mancini, a single by Adam Jones, and Jonathan Schoop reaching on a bunt after Tyler Austin failed to scoop the ball out of the dirt on a one-hop throw from Ronald Torreyes. Holder struck out Adam Jones looking for the first out, but surrendered a grand slam to Pedro Alvarez on the first pitch he threw to him, giving the Orioles a 7-4 lead. The Yankees went down in order in the bottom of the inning, as Brad Brach slammed the door on a game that lasted over five hours. The Yankees fall to 4-4 on the season, and will look to get back on track Saturday afternoon for the third game of this four game set. Sonny Gray will get the ball against Chris Tillman. First pitch is at 1:05 PM ET.
 

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