Monday, May 29, 2017
The Orioles used seven stellar innings from Dylan Bundy and a clutch two-out, two-run double from Jonathan Schoop to snap their season-high seven-game skid with Monday’s 3-2, series-opening win over the first-place Yankees at Camden Yards.
“It’s a challenge every day not living in that world, staying strong mentally through the challenges that every season presents, good and bad,” Orioles manager Buck Showalter said of his club finally getting a W. “It’s one of those things—I talk to them all the time—that separate you from some people that don’t have the skills to do this. Everybody is skilled at this level.”
The Memorial Day win, which began a key homestand for Baltimore against New York and Boston, improves the O’s to an American League-best 16-7 at home. The Yankees, who started the day with a three-game lead in the AL East, couldn’t overcome a critical third-inning error by second baseman Starlin Castro.
“I always make that play. I just tried to attack it,” said Castro, whose one-out error permitted Mark Trumbo to reach base. “It’s a bad feeling right there. Tomorrow’s another day. We’ll come tomorrow and try to win.”
While it’s tough to lose due to a silly error like that and it’s also tough to see the offense be so anemic once again, it was also good to see Jordan Montgomery pitch pretty well and then Holder and Shreve were electric. It’s interesting, without Chapman here (and he’s apparently due back soon), it’s been been the top end of the bullpen that has been the iffiest (basically Tyler Clippard and Adam Warren). The bottom end of the bullpen has continued its strong play. Holder gave up a home run the other day and so did Chad Green, but in general, they’ve both been great, as has Chasen Shreve. I’m omitting Tommy Layne from the equation because he should not be on the team.
The Yankees take on the Orioles tomorrow, and hopefully Luis Severino can get the good times going again!
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