The Yankees kicked off their last series of the season with a loss to the Orioles tonight. This had the potential to be an exciting series if the Yankees hadn’t already been eliminated from playoff contention. Instead, it was a boring night featuring a lot of rain, too many Baltimore home runs, and several Yankee slip-and-falls.
Michael Pineda did Michael Pineda things tonight. He pitched three scoreless innings, then gave up three two-out hits in the fourth inning to put the Orioles up 2-0. The game spiraled out of control in the fifth inning after Adam Jones hit a lead-off home run. Hyun Soo Kim singled, then Pineda surrendered a two-run bomb to Mark Trumbo. That brought Pineda’s night to an end. James Pazos took over, and with two outs, Chris Davis doubled, J.J. Hardy drew a walk, and Jonathan Schoop homered to left.
The rest of the Yankees’ bullpen combined to pitch four clean innings. Anthony Swarzak struck out a batter through two innings of work, then Chasen Shreve came out for the eighth inning. Schoop drew a lead-off walk, and Michael Bourn singled to center as Eric Young Jr. slipped trying to field the ball. Next, Shreve walked Jones to load the bases. He was able to get out of the bases-loaded jam without giving up a run.
In the ninth inning, Hardy reached on a throwing error charged to Rob Refsnyder, who threw the ball over Ronald Torreyes’ head. Bourn also singled after Tyler Austin slipped attempting to field the ball. Considering the fact that it rained continuously throughout the entire game, and play was never suspended, both teams are lucky that everyone appears to have walked away uninjured.
Offensively, the Yankees managed just three hits all night. Their only run came in the fourth inning after Chase Headley drew a lead-off walk, Brian McCann singled, and Mark Teixeira hit a sac fly. The Yankees threatened in the ninth inning after McCann singled, and Refsnyder and Aaron Hicks both walked. With one out, Mason Williams struck out, and Torreyes grounded out to end the game.
The Yankees will be back at it tomorrow at 4:05 EST, and the weather is not expected to be much better. There was some thought that Masahiro Tanaka might pitch tomorrow, but the Yankees have announced that he will not. We’ve likely seen the last of him for this season. Luis Severino is scheduled to start the game instead (apparently he did not receive any sort of suspension after the Blue Jays game). Wade Miley will make the start for the Orioles.