So, tonight was not pretty to watch at all. The Yankees traveled to Baltimore on their travel day yesterday for the weekend series there. And tonight, the Orioles used whatever magic they have at Camden Yards to force the Yankees into their worst loss in Baltimore since Camden Yards was built (1992).
Chad Green got the start tonight and got into trouble right from the start. He loaded the bases in the 1st inning with 2 outs before getting out of the jam with a nice strikeout. But then his trouble continued into the 2nd inning. A 1-out double scored on a 2-out single, and then a 2-run home run to add to the Orioles’ score. After walking the next batter with his 54th pitch, Green didn’t take the mound again. He signaled for the trainer and came out of the game with right elbow soreness. That is never a good thing.
Nick Goody came on to replace him and promptly gave up consecutive home runs to put the Orioles way ahead. But then Goody found his way to keep the O’s off the scoreboard in the 3rd. Kirby Yates had a spot of trouble in the 4th, giving up a walk and a 2-run home run to start the inning. But then Yates kept the O’s off the bases through the 5th inning.
Jonathan Holder made his MLB debut in the 6th and sailed through the inning in just 16 pitches, with a nice strikeout.His dad and brother drove up from Mississippi to watch his debut, and they certainly had something to be proud of tonight. Severino and Parker kept that momentum going by keeping the Orioles scoreless through the 7th and 8th innings, respectively.
The Yankees just couldn’t break through the Orioles pitching much at all. They only got 2 hits and 4 walks off the starter in his 6 innings, but nothing they could combine together for any runs. Yes, the Yankees were very much shut out of the game tonight.
Final score: 8-0 Orioles.
September Call-ups: Welcome to September Baseball! Before the game, the Yankees recalled Rob Refsnyder, Nick Goody, Luis Severino, and Kirby Yates. They also selected recently signed outfielder Eric Young Jr. and pitcher Jonathan Holder, who contributed to tonight’s game. To make some room on the roster, the Yankees reinstated Nick Rumbelow from the 7-day DL, recalled him from AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, and then placed him on the 60-day DL due to his Tommy John surgery earlier this year.
Injury Update: At Wednesday’s game, Aaron Hicks came up limping with a sore hamstring. The doctors in Baltimore saw Hicks, and after some tests, Hicks was diagnosed with a grade 2 strain of his hamstring. Because the rosters are expanded, he won’t be placed on the DL and is expected back “soon”.
Green’s fate is still to be determined, but there are a handful of AAA pitchers that could be in consideration should Green’s injury be something more serious, including the recently returned Bryan Mitchell.