While Dellin Betances has been mostly strong since taking over the job for Aroldis Chapman, he showed the last two nights – and particularly in Tuesday’s walk-off loss to the Orioles – why he might be better off in a set-up role.
It just so has it that the Orioles seemed to snap into form after getting embarrassed by the Chicago Cubs at home in the first series of the second half.
Again saving his best for last, Machado hit a two-run homer with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning for a 7-6 victory on Tuesday night. For me, I need to be ready to pitch when they need me. Machado smashed Betances’ hanging curveball for the game-winner. “Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to do it”.
The Yankees have lost 11 consecutive series in Baltimore dating back to a four-game set from September 9-12, 2013, when NY earned three wins.
Kevin Gausman (10-9, 4.79 ERA) will go head-to-head against Sonny Gray (8-9, 3.36 ERA) in the series finale on Wednesday.
Furthermore, Orioles starting pitcher Jeremy Hellickson was unable to complete three innings of work as worked just 2.1 innings, allowing three earned runs and four walks.
Betances threw mostly breaking balls in this outing because, he said after the game, he was not happy with his fastball. “He just hung one [breaking ball]”. “I think electronics makes things easier, more accessible and more risky”.
“We’ve just got to fight through it, stay with it, not worry about what happened that inning, go ahead and come back to the plate, and chip away, little by little”, Machado said. Fellow C Austin Romine is still waiting to hear about his punishment for his involvement in that same fracas. “I was trusting whatever (signs) he put down”.
“He’s back”, said one AL talent evaluator after Chapman’s scoreless seventh inning.
“It’s special because … you’ve got to beat those guys”, Showalter said.
“This is a huge game us”, said Mark Trumbo, who help fuel Baltimore’s comeback from a five-run deficit. The 37-year-old lefty gave up five runs on eight hits, walked one and struck out three. Then Machado followed with his third game-ending home run since August 18. Castro gave the Yankees a 5-3 lead with another two-run homer that ended Bundy’s day in the fifth.
The Orioles magic comes after a calamitous third inning where the Yankees scored six runs, including a costly error from center fielder Adam Jones.
After a Didi Gregorius two-run single to right gave the Yanks a 2-1 lead, Matt Holliday walked, ending Hellickson’s night.