Game one of today’s doubleheader turned into an impromptu home-run derby. The Yankees and Orioles combined for seven homers on the afternoon! The Bombers came out ahead, however, taking the game by a score of 5-3.
We’ll have a full recap later on, but first, here are a few highlights:
Winner of the Game
There were plenty of candidates to choose from, but I’m going with Gleyber Torres. The Yankees shortstop hit two home runs, including the go-ahead shot in the fifth inning. Torres’ game one performance raised his season line to .291/.327/.497 (115 wRC+). Remember when he was slumping? Safe to say that’s over.
Honorable Mentions: Gary Sanchez, Cameron Maybin, the Yankees bullpen
Loser of the Game
J.A. Happ allowed three runs over just 5.1 innings. While Aaron Boone had an admittedly quick hook, Happ did serve up two homers to a weak Orioles lineup. The left-hander has struggled all season to keep the ball in the park. He followed up his best start of the year by coughing up more dingers. For context, Happ now sports a 2.03 HR/9. That’s not good at all. In fact, it’s the fourth worst mark among all qualified starters.