After the nightmare of a baseball game that was last nights 7-3, 14 inning loss, the Yankees really needed a win today. With Sonny Gray on the mound in front of a short handed bullpen, he led his team to an 8-3 victory.
Things didn’t look good for the Yankees in the offensive half of the first. Gardner led off the game with a double and Stanton followed with a walk but, the Yanks would waste the opportunity and after 1 inning the score was 0-0.
Bottom 2 and Miguel Andujar would line his first base hit of the year into centerfield. A double by Ronald Torreyes made it 2nd and 3rd as the Yankees would have yet another opportunity to score. To the delight of many who had to sit through the lethargic offensive performance last night, a Brett Gardner single made it 2-0 Yankees.
Top of the third and Manny Machado would step to the plate with 2 men on and drive them both in to tie the game at 2. The performance by Machado in this series has surely made many Yankee fans wish him to be in a Yankee uniform next year.
Jumping to the top of the 4th, Pedro Alvarez makes the Yankees pay for the second straight game. He doubled in Tim Beckham to give the O’s a 3-2 lead.
In the bottom of the 5th, Aaron Judge would step to the plate with men on 2nd and 3rd. He did the bare minimum, as far as RBI’s in that situation go, as he grounded out to tie the game. Judge has been putting the bat on the ball much more than he did last year. Which is obviously a great sign after a year in which he punched out over 200 times.
Bottom 6 and Miguel Andujar stepped up to the plate with a chance at his first RBI of the year. He would come through with an RBI sacrifice fly to give the Yankees a 4-3 lead. With the injury to Drury, it’s imperative that Andujar is at least serviceable offensively. Later in the inning Austin Romine would bloop one into no-mans-land in shallow right field off the glove of Chris Davis. 5-3 Yankees.
Bottom of the 7th and the Yankee offense would continue padding the lead. Aaron Judge cranked in RBI double to left to make it 6-3. Even more for the Yankees in the 7th as Tyler Austin singled in two more runners to bring the lead to 5 runs.
Bottom of the final frame and newly called up Luis Cessa would toss a 1-2-3 inning as the Yankees bounce back from yesterday with an 8-3 victory.
That was exactly what the Yankees needed. 6 quality innings from Sonny and 8 runs from a depleted lineup.
The Yankees are back over .500 and look to make it 2 games over as they take on the Orioles again for the final game of the 4 game set at 1:05 PM ET tomorrow.