It’s almost September, and two of the Yankees’ hottest bats are Luke Voit and Miguel Andujar, just as we all predicted. Voit and Andujar each recorded three hits and two RBI to lead the Yanks to a 5-3 win over the Orioles, completing a four-game sweep and pulling the Bombers within six games of the AL East lead. Luis Severino earned his league-leading 17th win of the season in an improved effort, and David Robertson nailed down his fourth save of the year.
The Bombers struck first in the top of the second, courtesy of new Yankee legend Voit, who stroked a two-run homer to right center to give New York a 2-0 lead. Voit jumped on a first-pitch fastball from Dylan Bundy, who thought he had escaped a potential jam after center fielder Craig Gentry laid out to rob Gleyber Torres of a single. Voit made sure to avenge the robbery by putting the ball where nobody could catch it.
Andujar continued the scoring in the third with his second hit of the night, a line drive double down the right field line to plate Shane Robinson and Aaron Hicks, who had each reached on singles. The two-bagger was Andujar’s 60th extra base hit of the year, as he continues to add to his case for American League Rookie of the Year.
The Orioles snuffed themselves out of a potential rally in the bottom of the third. Jace Peterson and Caleb Joseph started the frame with a pair of singles, but an attempted sacrifice bunt by Jonathan Villar was ruled an out when the bunted ball bounced up and struck Villar’s knee in fair territory. The O’s would still load the bases after a single by Gentry, but Severino rebounded to strike out Trey Mancini and force Adam Jones to fly out to shallow right field to end the threat.
Severino continued his crawl back to his early season form, but still wasn’t fully himself in a grind-it-out performance that saw him rack up 62 pitches through the first three innings. An encouraging sign for Severino was his efficient fourth inning where he struck out the side after narrowly escaping that bases loaded conundrum in the third. He finished with two earned runs and eight strikeouts over 5.2 innings, departing after 107 pitches.
Severino’s hiccups began in the fifth when Peterson led off with a four-pitch walk, eventually coming around to score on a sac fly by Villar. The Yanks would take the run right back after Voit continued his tear with a single up the middle, and would eventually score on a wild pitch from reliever Cody Carroll.
The O’s struck right back in the form of a Mancini solo homer to dead center in the bottom of the sixth. It appeared Severino would be able to finish the inning after recording two straight outs, but Gleyber Torres’ throwing error opened the door for back-to-back singles by the Orioles off of Chad Green to cut the Yankee lead to 5-3.
From there, though, the score would hold. Zach Britton and David Robertson held the Orioles at bay through the final 2.2 innings. Giancarlo Stanton failed to record career home run number 300, striking out four times in five at-bats. He’ll try again tomorrow night at home against the White Sox.