Thursday, June 1, 2017
Adam Jones homered and drove in five runs, Chris Davis added a two-run shot and plated three and the Orioles’ struggling bats broke out in a big way on Wednesday night for a 10-4 victory over the Yankees at Camden Yards.
The win, Baltimore’s fifth in its last 19 games, dropped first-place New York to 13-12 on the road this season as the Orioles’ lineup supported a solid effort by starter Kevin Gausman. The Yankees have lost 11 straight series in Baltimore.
“We feed off the energy of the starting pitcher, and Gausman went out there and worked his tail off,” Jones said. “I know he wanted to go out there and go longer, but we appreciate his efforts, and he kept us in the game, and we were able to go out there and put some runs up against [Yankees starter Masahiro] Tanaka.”
Ugh, being barely over .500 on the road is not going to cut it. Especially with the Red Sox coming on strong.
Anyhow, the key story tonight is, “If he is not hurt, does Tanaka just suck now?” That is a scary thought, if true. I don’t think I’ve ever wanted a pitcher to actually be hurt more than this, as if he is healthy and just can’t pitch well? That is a terrible position for this team to be in.
In any event, one slight positive from this game is that despite their early deficit, the Yankees actually challenged a few times early on. You have to give it to this team, no matter the deficit, they seem like they can make a run on ANYone at ANY time. It has been a long time since the Yankees have had an offense like that.
The Yankees’ road trip does not get much easier as they head to Toronto for a match-up with Marco Estrada (who dominated the Yankees earlier this season) and CC Sabathia, who is…well…CC Sabathia. That does not bode well for the Yankees.
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