Another day, another loss for the New York Yankees. Looking to snap a five game losing streak in the series opener against the Orioles, the offense was shut down again, this time by Chris Tillman. Luis Severino fell to 0-4 on the season, as the Yankees dropped their sixth straight, 4-1.
The Yankees managed to strike first in the second inning. Brian McCann worked a walk, and Carlos Beltran singled to put runners on first and second with no one out. A Starlin Castro 4-6-3 double play put a damper on the rally, but Didi Gregorius singled with a grounder up with the middle to score McCann from third. 1-0 Yankees.
The lead lasted mere moments. Mark Trumbo hit a monster home run to start the bottom of the second, launching the ball at a 113 mph exit velocity. Severino left a fastball out over the plate, and Trumbo absolutely crushed it:
Severino worked into a jam from there, yielding a groundball single to Matt Wieters and a walk to Pedro Alvarez. He retired Jonathan Schoop and Ryan Flaherty, but ran into further trouble when leadoff hitter Joey Rickard grounded to first. Severino ran to cover first base, but dropped the throw from Mark Teixeira for an error, loading the bases. However, Manny Machado popped a first pitch slider up to Teixeira, ending the inning with the 1-1 tie still intact.
The fourth inning brought more fielding issues for Severino. After two quick outs, Jonathan Schoop doubled, and Ryan Flaherty ground one towards Teixiera. Teixeira made a great diving stop, flipping to a covering Severino, who again dropped the ball, literally, resulting in his second error and an unearned run. Not his finest moment:
Things unraveled in the fifth. Trumbo took Severino deep again for a two run homer, scoring Adam Jones for a 4-1 advantage. Trumbo's pair of bombs gave him a total of eight for his season, which has been a pleasant surprise for the Orioles. Acquired in the offseason at the cost of just reserve catcher Steve Clevenger, Trumbo has mashed for Baltimore, posting a .337/.381/.612 line thus far.
Tillman struggled with control, but the Yankees failed to capitalize. Sound familiar? The best opportunity to get to Tillman came in the top of the sixth, when Teixeira walked and McCann singled to put two on with no outs. Beltran then lined out to right, and Starlin Castro hit into a double play, as Schoop snagged Castro's liner off the bat and flipped to Chris Davis at first base to double off McCann.
Tillman finished with seven solid innings of work, walking four and striking out nine, only surrendering the lone run in the second. Severino ended with a fairly unique line: six innings, five hits, four runs, three earned, with two walks and four strikeouts. He shot himself in the foot with a couple errors in the field and a couple of wayward fastballs over the middle to Trumbo, but his performance was at least more palatable than his most recent start in Texas, where he yielded six runs in three innings.
Injury news made the night even worse, as Dustin Ackley was forced to pinch-hit for Alex Rodriguez in the eight inning. Rodriguez apparently injured his hamstring running out a groundball in the fifth inning. He went 0 for 3 on the night, and is batting just .194 on the season, but has looked like the Yankees' best hitter as of late. Missed games from Rodriguez would do nothing to help an already struggling offense.
Kirby Yates and Johnny Barbato each recorded a scoreless inning of relief, but the Orioles' bullpen had no trouble squelching any chance of a comeback. Darren O'day worked the ninth for his second save of the season.
The Yankees have now lost twice as many games as they have won, and stand in last place in the AL East at 8-16. They will look to end their losing streak tomorrow, as the Orioles start Tyler Wilson opposite of CC Sabathia. If this were 2011, the Yankees would surely have a great chance to end their skid with Sabathia on the mound. Alas, it is 2016, and there is nothing but losing and misery in sight.