Another day, another straightforward win over the Orioles. Baltimore has had the misfortune of facing the Yankees twice over the past week-plus at a time when New York is firing on all cylinders, and the Bombers are on the verge of a second-straight series sweep of the AL East cellar dwellers. They took both sides of a doubleheader yesterday, and today tagged starter John Means early, jumping out to a quick lead and cruising to an 8-3 victory.
Winner(s) of the Game
The stories of the season continued to be the stories of the season tonight. On the hitting side, Gio Urshela churned out three hits and scored and drove in a run. On the pitching side, Domingo German continued to cement himself as the Yankees’ most consistent starter, tossing seven strong innings, striking out seven and walking just one. As it is 2019, his only mistakes were home runs, solo shots by Anthony Santander and Stevie Wilkerson that provided the bulk of the Orioles’ scoring.
Honorable mention: Shouts to Adonis Rosa, who made his major-league debut after being called up earlier in the day and tossed two innings while allowing one run.
Loser of the Game
It’s typically just not easy to pick a “loser” when the Yankees play Orioles; such a contest usually produces a bevy of strong performances for the Yankees, and relatively few poor showings. In this case, not only did every starter record a hit, but every hitter except for Didi Gregorius actually reached base at least twice. If we turn to FanGraphs’ Win Probability Added metric, WPA indicates that Mike Tauchman’s contributions actually had a negative impact on New York’s chances of winning. Yet tabbing him a loser for the night would feel exceedingly wrong given that Tauchman had the misfortune of grounding into a double play in the second and otherwise walked, singled, and doubled. In short, there were no losers tonight.