If you had to miss this game for whatever reason, consider yourself lucky. Although the Yankees out-hit the Orioles 10-6, the team failed to push more than one run across the plate. With two runners on and one out in the bottom of the eighth inning, the game went into a rain delay for approximately 97 minutes. Once play resumed, it took roughly fifteen minutes for the Yankees to relinquish the lead and ultimately lose the game.
CC Sabathia did not give up a run today, but he did work his way into several jams. He loaded the bases in the third inning then struck out Mark Trumbo to end the inning. A similar scenario unfolded in the fifth inning when Francisco Pena reached on a ball deflected by Sabathia. Next, Paul Janish was hit by a pitch, Joey Rickard grounded into a fielder's choice, and Manny Machado walked to load the bases. Once again, Sabathia worked out of the jam by striking out Trumbo. The Orioles really made Sabathia work and he finally left the game in the sixth inning with a pitch count of 111. He also struck out five batters and walked six, while giving up just two hits total.
Working with a one-run lead, Kirby Yates pitched a clean sixth inning before handing the ball over to Dellin Betances. He gave up a single in the seventh and struck out two batters, but he got into trouble when he came back out for the eighth inning. Betances issued a leadoff walk to Trumbo, gave up a single to Chris Davis and struck out Nolan Reimold before his day was over. With Aroldis Chapman set to enter the game, the Orioles' grounds crew put the tarp out on the field.
The rain delay lasted for an hour and 37 minutes. When Chapman finally took the mound, he struck out Jonathan Schoop then gave up a single to Pena. Aaron Hicks bobbled the ball, but the third base coach had already held Trumbo up at third. Matt Wieters entered the game as a pinch hitter and promptly hit a two-RBI single up the middle. Jacoby Ellsbury committed a throwing error that allowed a third run to score.
The Yankees' one run came in the third inning after Ellsbury singled off the glove of Machado and advanced to second on a wild pitch. Brett Gardner moved Ellsbury over on a ground out, and Alex Rodriguez singled up the middle to bring him home. Gardner hit two doubles in this game, but he was left stranded both times. Their best chance to score came in the fourth inning when the Yankees loaded the bases with one out. Unfortunately, Aaron Hicks grounded into a force out and Chase Headley was called out at the plate, and Ellsbury struck out to end the inning. It's also worth pointing out that although he went hitless tonight, Rob Refsnyder looked fine playing first base.
The Yankees will head home to kick off a four-game series against the Angels tomorrow night. Masahiro Tanaka will square off against Matt Shoemaker at 7:05 EST.