The Baltimore Orioles snapped their seven-game losing streak with a 3-2 win over the Yankees today.
Jordan Montgomery simply did not have his best stuff, and some poor execution by the Yankees ultimately proved too much to counter. Montgomery got into too many 3-ball counts, yet only walked one batter. Trouble began immediately as Mark Trumbo rapped an RBI single into left field to give the O’s an immediate 1-0 lead.
That lead did not last very long, as the Yankees struck back in the following frame. Starlin Castro was hit by a pitch leading off, then alertly moved to second on a deep fly out from Aaron Judge. He moved to third on an infield single by Didi Gregorius, though he missed third base coach Joe Espada‘s violently windmilling arm telling him to score. That mistake was absolved three pitches later when Aaron Hicks drove him in on a sacrifice fly.
Starlin Castro was again involved in the action when he misplayed a Mark Trumbo ground ball in the bottom of the third. Trey Mancini singled two batters later, then Jonathan Schoop knocked them both in with a line drive into the right field corner to make the score 3-1. Both of those runs were charged to Montgomery as unearned runs.
The Yankees pulled closer in the seventh inning when Aaron Judge homered for the second straight day. Today, it was a laser beam to center field that traveled 431 feet, per Statcast.
All of the scoring came against the starting pitchers. Both bullpens locked the game down, and the Yankees’ Jonathan Holder and Chasen Shreve performed extremely well in extended outings. Each struck out three batters, and only allowed one baserunner (Shreve walked Trumbo in the 7th).
Chase Headley recorded a hit in his first game back in the lineup after being given the weekend off to clear his head. Another Yankee remains mired in a terrible slump in the form of Chris Carter. He went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts today, and drops to two for his last 27. It’s unclear whether or not the Yankees will bench Carter like they did Headley. Other first base options for the Yankees are Chase Headley sliding across the diamond, Matt Holliday or Rob Refsnyder.
Girardi told reporters that he hoped the rehabing Tyler Austin would get at least 50 minor league at-bats because he missed all of Spring Training with his foot fracture. Austin is slashing .400/.500/.650 in five games at AA Trenton and two games at AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. The Opening Day first baseman, Greg Bird, is expected to start his rehab games with the Class-A Advanced Tampa Yankees at some point this week.