J.A. Happ has 10 wins and you don’t.
And the Yankees had J.A. Happ last night and the Baltimore Orioles didn’t.
Not to say the 39-81 Orioles would want a 36-year-old pitcher. The rebuilding Orioles started 26-yr-old Dylan Bundy who took the loss and is now 5-13 5.25. He may never achieve the success of one J.A. Happ.
Happ — who has been raked over the coals by Yankee Twitter this year — gave the Yanks a quality start (6 innings, 2 runs) to help the Yanks to their 16th straight win over Baltimore this season in an afternoon game at the Stadium. Happ is now 10-7 5.40. Gary Sanchez hit a 3-run homer in a 4-run 1st inning after Didi Gregorius had singled in Aaron Judge, and Mike Ford drove in 2 insurance runs in the 6th with a single — and that was ballgame.
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— New York Yankees (@Yankees) August 14, 2019
Luis Cessa followed Happ and pitched a scoreless 6th but allowed a 2-out, 2-run double by DH Renato Nunez in the 7th, Adam Ottavino came in and immediately allowed a double by 2nd baseman Jonathan Villar, scoring Nunez, which was charged to Cessa. So Cessa ended up with 1.2 innings, 3 runs — which looked a little worse than it was. Zack Britton and Aroldis Chapman pitched a shutout inning each for the 6-5 win, each allowing a baserunner — so the game was not without tension throughout the late innings.
Gary Sanchez finished 3 for 3 with a walk (and that 3-run homer) to raise his average to .235. Great to see him hot; he has a long road to go to raise that average back up. His 3-run homer in the 1st was his 10th homer against the Orioles this season, bringing back memories that a few months back — ages ago seemingly — Gary Sanchez was quite the sensation hitting so many homers against the Orioles — until a slump, and an injury, and a return from injury and further slump, knocked Sanchez’s batting average down so low and Gleyber Torres became the year’s hitting-against-the-Orioles sensation.
Aaron Judge — the last few year’s hitting-against-the-Orioles sensation — went 0-4 with 3 strikeouts.