Considering his last couple starts, it seemed reasonable to be somewhat optimistic about the direction Sonny Gray was headed. Those feelings did not last long into this game.
Gray lasted less than three innings, as he allowed seven earned runs on eight hits and two walks against the Orioles. Add in a sub-standard offensive performance from the Yankees’ lineup against Alex Cobb (despite the late rally that made the game close on paper), and you get one of the worst losses of the season. The Yankees lost the series finale 7-5 to the Orioles, somehow getting yet another series split against a very bad team.
After an easy first inning, Gray reverted to his usual 2018 self in the second inning. The first three runners reached to lead off the second, with the third being a RBI single from Trey Mancini. It then got worse when Caleb Joseph reached on an attempted sac bunt, and Renato Nunez scored two with a double. By the time the inning finally ended, it was 5-0. Some of the hits were definitely unlucky for Gray, but he was still bad.
The Yankees cut into that deficit a little bit in the bottom of the second inning. Gleyber Torres led off the frame with a solo homer. The Yankees then put on a couple more runners in the inning, including Greg Bird on another shift-beating bunt, but they couldn’t add any more runs.
Gray got two quick outs in the third, but then gave up a home run to Mancini. He somehow then made things already worse than they were by allowing a walk and a single. His day was finally over after that as Lance Lynn was brought in for his Yankees’ debut.
Lynn got a ground ball against the first batter he faced, but upon Didi Gregorius making a diving stop, Torres didn’t cover second, and Gregorius couldn’t make the throw to first in time. That allowed yet another run to score. Lynn finished off the inning after that, but the Yankees were now down six.
After that, there was a brief rain delay. On the positive side, it was short enough that the Yankees could bring back Lynn and not waste him on just one out. On the negative side, it was short enough to not get the game cancelled and restarted on another day.
Following the delay, Lynn was pretty solid. He went 4.1 innings. allowing no runs on five hits, with five strikeouts.
After missing a rally attempt in the eighth, the Yankees got a little bit of something going in the ninth. With two outs, Gregorius kept the game alive with a single. Hicks drew a walk, and Torres then homered for the second time of the day. That cut the deficit to two runs, but the rally would stop there. Greg Bird popped up to end the game after that.
Now that all of that is over, the Yankees will head to Boston to play the Red Sox. That doesn’t sound good considering what just happened, but the Yankees actually have a better record against them than against Baltimore, so who knows.