Alexander Wells got the fun task of starting against the New York Yankees last night at a Camden Yards. The good news is that he didn’t give up any manufactured runs. The bad news is that the Bronx Bombers lived up to their nickname last night. Wells’ line: 4.0 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 1 BB, 3 K.
Wells allowed a two-run homer to Judge almost right off the bat in the game. This came in the first inning. Two innings later in the third, Stanton added a two-run shot of his own. This putting the O’s behind, 4-0.
Voit joined the homer parade later in that third inning with a solo shot. However the O’s tried to rally two innings later in the fifth. Ryan Mountcastle’s RBI-double cut the lead to 5-1. But New York would smack two additional homers, both of the solo variety. Gallo in the eighth, and LeMahieu in the ninth.
The O’s attempted to rally a bit in the ninth, putting some runners on base. They got an RBI-single from Kelvin Gutierrez, making the final score 7-2. But they also forced New York to utilize their closer (Chapman) to get the final out, something they just as soon as would not have done.
Manager Brandon Hyde lifted catcher Pedro Severino with leg soreness during the game. It’s a nagging injury that’s bothered Severino for about a week. Hyde on the injury:
Kind of aggravated it early in the game. After that second at-bat, running out of the box, it looked like it grabbed him a little bit, so took him out of the game for that. These things happen. For the most part, we’ve been pretty fortunate throughout the year and now we’ve got almost three weeks left and we do have a lot of nagging things going on. That just gives other guys opportunities and we hope that some of these guys can get on the mend quick and be OK. But you just never know.Quote courtesy of Roch Kubatko, MASNsports
The series continues this evening at Camden Yards. John Means gets the start for the O’s, and he’ll be opposed by NY’s Nestor Cortes Jr. Game time is set for just after 7 PM.