Another game where the Yank starting pitcher did well — this time Masahiro Tanaka. This time the bullpen did not blow it — it was the offense that couldn’t get anything going in the 5-1 loss.
The Yankee offense was up against another Oriole rookie pitcher — this time Dean Kremer, who was Baltimore’s #10 prospect coming into this year. Kremer was brilliant — 6 innings, 1 hit, 1 run, 7 strikeouts.
The Lone Yankee Run
The lone Yankee run came in the 2nd, when, after a Clint Frazier leadoff walk, a Miguel Andujar single with one out, and a Mike Tauchman walk loaded the bases with 1 out — Erik Kratz hit a grounder to 3rd and just barely was safe at first to escape the double play and score the run.
That made it 2-1 Baltimore and it stayed that way — this was anyone’s ballgame — until the 6th, when Tanaka left with 2 on and 1 out, and Luis Cessa came in — allowed a single, struck out a batter, and then with 2 outs bases loaded, walked in Holaday then allowed an RBI single to Velasquez before getting the final out, for a 4-1 Baltimore lead and the old ballgame.
Kremer Came In Machado Deal
Kremer came to Orioles in Manny Machado deal. Suzyn Waldman said he was a guy Baltimore especially asked for. It was Machado for outfielder Yusniel Diaz, pitcher Zach Pop, 3rd baseman Rylan Bannon, 2nd baseman Breyvic Valera, and Kremer. Many scouts felt Baltimore did quite well in the deal, when it was made — and here is Kremer one year later.
The Kremer Show. pic.twitter.com/69hfqkaEIb
— Baltimore Orioles 😷 (@Orioles) September 6, 2020
Manager Aaron Boone didn’t seem that impressed with Kremer after the game and seemed to blame Yankee hitters more for the loss. He said Kremer, “his fastball played up a little bit even though it was 93-94-95, it did have some life to it. I think getting used to his breaking ball, obviously having not seen much of him at all, other than a little bit of video and for being his first start I thought he commanded the ball pretty well, but we got to do a better job of setting the table, and today felt like a day where, I know guys came in with a really good mindset believing this was the day to turn things around, but it felt like we were pressing a little bit up there today.”
Good News, Bad News
The good news was that:
- Miguel Andujar went 3-4
- Tanaka pitched well despite the loss
- Nick Nelson pitched 2 innings, 0 earned runs, 1 hits, 4 strikeouts
That was it for the good news.
The bad news:
- It was the Yanks’ 3rd straight loss to the Orioles; they are now 21-19, having gone 5-13 in the last 18 games.
- Gleyber Torres and Aaron Hicks didn’t start, but did come in as pinch hitters. Leaving the obvious question: why didn’t they start? This was after all Camden Yards where Torres does so well. Aaron Boone said there was no temptation to play Torres in back-to-back games since he just came off the IL.