For the Baltimore Orioles’ sake it’s a good thing they won the first game of yesterday’s twin bill. New York seemed to be a team on a mission in game two. Although more often than not it seems that teams split doubleheaders, so perhaps the Birds were all but guaranteed a win yesterday.
Yefry Ramirez ended up getting knocked around a bit, and he took the loss. Ramirez’s line: 4.0 IP, 9 H, 4 R, 2 BB, 4 K. Ramirez did show a bit of poise, as his change up was getting over for a strike. However New York was still able to get to him and touch him up for four runs. Ramirez of course came from New York’s system, and he addressed facing his former team after the game (quote courtesy of Steve Melewski, MASNsports):
It felt good to face them, even though I wanted to have a really good game so I could show them that they lost a really good player. But things didn’t work out my way. I think I wasn’t able to command my fastball at all. I missed some sliders, as well. The combination of that didn’t lead to good results today. I will take this as a learning opportunity and growing experience. Get feedback from the veteran guys and hopefully I can have better success in the next starts.
Before the Orioles had even recorded an out in the first inning New York already had a lead on Gregorius’ RBI-double. Gardner’s two-run homer in the fourth extended that lead to 3-0. Incidentally, the Orioles hit several balls deep and all around the outfield, including one very late that appeared to be a home run. Gardner chased them all down.
Gardner’s always been a gamer and he’s always been consistent throughout his career. He doesn’t say much, but lets his playing speak for him, which is a great trait in baseball. It’s just frustrating from the Orioles’ perspective to see every hard-hit ball get chased down in spectacular form, but yet opponents reach base on softly hit bloopers. Is less really more?!
New York would extend their lead to 5-0 on Bird’s RBI-single in the fifth, and Romine would add a two-run homer in the eighth. By the time the smoke cleared and the game was over, New York put ten runs across on Oriole pitching. The Birds would get two back on an eighth inning two-run homer by Tim Beckham, his second home run of the season. (Keeping in mind of course that Beckham’s missed much of the first part of the year.)
Again, most doubleheaders end up being split. And that’s what happened yesterday in Baltimore. The Orioles following the game returned Jimmy Yacabonis to triple-A Norfolk. Yacabonis had been the Birds’ 26th man, as allowed by major league rules for doubleheaders.