A game featuring the Yankees’ two top pitching prospects should have been exciting. And, in a way it was. There’s no denying the excitement that comes from seeing the future on the mound. It just would have been even nicer if the Bombers could have pulled off the win. Instead, they fell to the Orioles by a score of 6-3.
Since it’s a Friday night, and a doubleheader, let’s recap this bullet-point style.
- Dealin’ Deivi Gets an ERA - Deivi García made his second major-league start on Friday, and while not as dominant as his debut, I think in ways it was more important. García got his first taste of adversity as Ryan Mountcastle hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the second to give the O’s an early 2-0 lead. He had traffic on the bases all night, especially the fifth inning. His final line: 4.2 IP, 5 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 6 K. García pitched better than the box score reads, as his curveball and changeup looked great. I don’t know about you, but I’m excited for his next start.
- Schmidt Happens - Clarke Schmidt made his major-league debut, and wow, did he enter the game in a brutal spot. The right-hander, a starter by trade, came out of the bullpen with two on and two outs in the bottom of the fifth. He fired two curveballs to Mountcastle, the first batter he faced, who took one for a strike, then singled on the second to tie the game. Rio Ruiz followed with a groundball single to put Baltimore ahead 4-3. Neither hits were well-struck, basically both seeing-eye singles. The next hit, though, off the bat of Pat Valaika, was hit quite well. Valaika extended the Orioles’ lead to three runs and gave Schmidt a rough welcome to the big leagues.
- Father and Son - Erik Kratz, who gave an emotional pregame interview describing the seriousness with which he takes mentoring Latinx players like García, delivered the go-ahead hit. How’s that for a storyline? Kratz faced Jorge López in the top of the fourth, with two on and two out, and he lined a single that plated both runs. Perfect.
- Leftovers - The top half of the Yankees’ lineup (Aaron Hicks, Luke Voit, Brett Gardner, Clint Frazier, and Mike Voit) struggled at the plate, going a combined 0-for-16 with one walk. In addition to Kratz, Miguel Andújar picked up a hit, as did Tyler Wade. And, it appears Gleyber Torres is in Baltimore. He posted an Instagram story from his hotel room in Charm City. Maybe he can give the lineup a boost tomorrow!
Gerrit Cole and Keegan Akin are tomorrow night’s scheduled starters. First pitch is set for 7:35 PM. Here’s tonight’s box score, and the win-probability chart is below.