The Birds were hoping to cut into New York’s 3.5 game lead in the AL East and continue to see improvement from Chris Tillman as he works back into shape from an early season injury. As has been the case in recent weeks following their hot April start, none of what Baltimore wanted to happen happened.
Quick start for the Bronx Bombers
At the 7:05ET first pitch, exactly zero players in the Yankees starting lineup had homered off Chris Tillman during their careers. That fact changed twice by 7:15ET. Leading off the game, LF Brett Gardner hit a bomb to right field giving New York a quick 1-0 lead. With one out in the top of the first, DH Matt Holliday jacked one to left for the second home run of the inning and a 2-0 lead.
SS Didi Gregorius doubled to lead off the second and Tillman did not look sharp. Gregorious scored on a single by CF Aaron Hicks and 1B Rob Refsnyder walked. A Tillman wild pitch advanced the runners, but back to back infield outs got the O’s out of the jam.
Singles by Chris Davis, Trey Mancini and Joey Rickard loaded the bases in the second with two outs. JJ Hardy struck out, the ball got away C Gary Sanchez, but Hardy was retired on the throw to first. After two innings, it was 3-0 Yankees and O’s fans had reason to be worried.
Bombs continue; Chris Tillman not good
Matt Holliday continued to make the game look like batting practice with a first pitch moon shot to left and his second home run of the night. The only good news for the Orioles was that all three home runs were solo blasts. Buck Showalter and Roger McDowell looked sick in the dugout.
Entering his fifth start of the season Tuesday, Tillman had only gone more than five innings once. Manager Buck Showalter specifically said in the pre-game show that he hoped Tillman would go deeper than he has been. Unfortunately for the O’s, that didn’t happen.
Tillman was chased with two out in the top of the third and runners on the corners. His final line – 2.2 innings pitched, five runs allowed, all earned, seven hits, two walks and a strikeout. Not a good outing.
Tillman was replaced by Logan Verrett, making his third appearance of 2017. After getting out of the third, Verrett continued the trend established by Tillman as Brett Gardner hit his second home run of the night to right field, the fourth Yankees blast on the evening. Later in the inning, RF Aaron Judge short hopped the wall to right center for a double, scoring two runs, and it was 8-0 Yankees. The rout was on.
For his part, Verrett pitched three innings and gave up three runs, on five hits, walking one and striking out three.
Mancini impressive; O’s score a run
Through all the bad news for the O’s, and there was plenty, Trey Mancini continues to shine and mature. Defensively, in the top of the sixth he made a great running play on a line drive near the wall, and looked solid on the wet field all night.
Offensively, in the bottom of the sixth, Jonathan Schoop singled, Mark Trumbo walked, Welington Castillo reached on an infield single, and up came Trey with two outs and the bases loaded. Mancini, already 2-2, dribbled one to short that went for an infield single, scoring a run.
In the eighth, with two outs and Mark Trumbo at second base, Mancini walked. He ended the day 3-3 with a walk, run scored and an RBI.
O’s get something going in the 8th; Bullpen worked all night
Joey Rickard singled home Mark Trumbo in the eighth inning, making it 8-2. JJ Hardy followed with a single, plating Mancini and it was 8-3, but that was all the damage inflicted by the black and orange.
Once again the O’s bullpen was heavily used after a short start. Donnie Hart pitched the last out of the sixth inning, and the complete seventh, after returning from Texas and his grandfather’s funeral. He gave up no hits or runs. Mychal Givens pitched the eighth and Richard Bleier the ninth.
Luis Severino excellent; Yankees bullpen was okay
Yankees RHP Luis Severino, entered the game with a 3-2 record and 3.11 ERA, and was on his game Tuesday. That said, a lot of pitchers opposing the O’s in May look quite good, so he definitely has company.
Severino had 17 scoreless innings entering the sixth when he finally gave up a run. The streak was over at 17.2 innings – just 41.1 innings pitched behind the record set by Orel Hershiser’s amazing 59 in 1988. On the night, Severino did exactly what a team wants when they give their starting pitcher an early lead. He went 6.1 innings, gave up seven hits, one run, walked one and struck out eight.
After Severino left, the Yankees used four pitchers and gave up two runs. The pitchers included Tyler Clippard, a one-time Washington National. Clippard retired the four batters he faced in the eighth and ninth.
The final score was 8-3 Yankees over the O’s.
Notes and Wednesday’s game
Adam Jones missed his fourth straight game Tuesday night but is expected to play Wednesday.
The O’s are 18-11 against the AL East during 2017.
Through the sixth inning, New York had the leadoff hitter on base every time. That’s not a recipe for Baltimore success.
This was the second game this season where Brett Gardner had a multi-HR game against Baltimore. It was his eighth career home run to lead off a game.
16,126 was the paid attendance Tuesday at Camden Yards.
On May 30, 1982, 35 years ago today, Baltimore fell at Memorial Stadium 6-0 against the Toronto Blue Jays. The O’s mustered only one hit, a fifth inning single to left by Rick Dempsey, and Jim Palmer pitched 8.1 innings.
Wednesday the O’s play the Yankees at 7:05ET. Kevin Gausman (2-4, 6.17) is slated to face Masahiro Tanaka (5-4, 5.86).