Today, the Orioles took on the Yankees, matching Tyler Wilson up against new Yankee Scott Baker. It seems that the Yankees used up all their offensive good luck yesterday - after scoring ten runs in just six innings against Philadelphia yesterday, the Yankees offense did not show up today. Unfortunately, the Orioles' offense did, and in a big way.
The Orioles jumped on the Yankees in the second inning, scoring five runs off Scott Baker. Baker, who joined the Yankees in camp in a bid to return to the majors after Tommy John surgery, hasn't looked that bad this spring. In fact, in his previous two appearances, he gave up just one run in over seven innings of work. Unfortunately, he just didn't have his best stuff today, and the Orioles made him pay. After a pair of hits, Steve Clevenger loaded the bases with a single to right. Shortstop Ryan Flaherty knocked home the first run, scoring Travis Snider on a sacrifice fly to center. The Orioles immediately tacked on another run, as the next hitter Jonathan Schoop singled up the middle. However, the real damage came when during the next at bat, as Baker surrendered a three-run homer to Alejandro De Aza. Baker finally got out of the inning by striking out Manny Machado, but the Yankees were well behind already.
One somewhat scary moment occurred in the second. Shortstop Didi Gregorius sprained his wrist diving for a grounder, and he did not return to the game. While it appears that he should be fine after a few days off, any injury concerns with this Yankee team are especially troubling.
The Orioles tacked on another run in the third, again loading the bases. This time, though, they faced "The Strikeout Factory," Jacob Lindgren, who's looking to secure a spot in the major league pen this spring. While he struck out the first batter he faced, he then gave up a pair of singles and walked Everth Cabrera to load the bases. Clevenger scored Chris Davis from third with a deep sacrifice fly to right. Fortunately, Lindgren was able to get out of the jam, and while he didn't look extremely sharp, he displayed a wipeout slider that should be giving major leaguers plenty of trouble before long.
The Yankees finally got on the board in the fifth, as Stephen Drew followed up his 3-for-3 performance yesterday with a line drive home run he smacked out to right. After De Aza notched another RBI in the 6th, the Yankees added another run of their own in the second when Alex Rodriguez smoked a homer to left field. Rodriguez really tagged this one, and has had a great spring so far. Perhaps he really might have something left in the tank.
The Yankees wouldn't get any closer than 7-2, and the Orioles added two more runs in the eighth and one in the ninth. Few of the Yankee pitchers looked particularly sharp today - Baker got tagged for five runs, Lindgren and Dellin Betances both surrendered one run apiece, Justin Wilson gave up two and Nick Rumbelow surrendered one. Andrew Bailey and Chasen Shreve were the only Yankees to pitch scoreless innings today. Needless to say, it was not one of the best days the Yankees have had this spring.
The Yankees take on the Astros tomorrow afternoon at 1:05 EST.