Yanks Split Twinbill W Orioles: NY 6-5, Balt 6-3 — Sept 4, 2020

Another day; another 7-inning doubleheader. This one left the Yanks scrounging for pitchers in the 2nd game, for example bringing in high prospect Clarke Schmidt for his major league debut in a high-pressure situation — 2 runners on and a 3-2 lead in the 5th. It didn’t go well — he allowed a couple of seeing-eye singles and a double by leftfielder Ryan Mountcastle to ruin another good start by Deivi Garcia and sink the Yankees to the 6-3 loss. The loss ended a streak of 19 straight Yankee wins at Baltimore’s Camden Yards.

Yankee Twitter Blames Boone

Yankee Twitter blamed manager Aaron Boone, for bringing in the kid — a starter — into a high-pressure relief situation for his first appearance. Deivi Garcia was pitching well and had gotten 2 outs, with a runner on, then allowed a single to put 2 on — and his pitch count was at 95.

The Yankees had already used 6 pitchers in the 1st game, which went ‘extra innings’ — the Yanks won in the 9th, 6-5. So it was Clarke Schmidt to the mound. After the single-single-double he did get the final out (1st baseman Dilson Herrera) on a strikeout and pitched a scoreless 6th.

Deivi Looked Good Again

Garcia looked good again — and finished with 4.2 innings, 5 hits, 6 strikeouts, and left with the 2 runs in but got tagged with 4. He allowed a 2-run homer to Mountcastle in the 2nd for the Orioles first 2 runs.

Deivi’s ‘daddy’, 40-yr-old catcher Erik Kratz, had just gotten a HUGE, CLUTCH 2-out, runners on 2nd and 3rd, 2-RBI single to left in the top of the 5th to give the Yanks and Garcia the 3-2 lead.

Baltimore’s Pitchers Allow No Earned Runs

Baltimore’s 6’2 righthanded starter Jorge Lopez looked good — 5 innings, 3 hits, no earned runs, and he was relieved by Cesar Valdez who pitched 2 shutout innings. Aaron Hicks went 0-4; Luke Voit went 0-4; Clint Frazier went 0-3, etc — the Baltimore pitchers did a good job.

The Boxscore


1st Game — Yanks 6 Orioles 5

In the first game the Yanks raced out to a 4-1 lead with Mike King on the mount. “Gary Sanchez hit a bombaroo his first time up” (John Sterling) in the 2nd to tie the game at 1.

In the 3rd, Brett Gardner singled in 2 runs.

King left with a 4-3 lead after 4 innings, after allowing a 2-run bomb to 3rd baseman Rio Ruiz in the 4th.

Ben Heller allowed the tieing homerun to 1st baseman Renato Nunez in the 5th. Aroldis Chapman pitched with the winning run on 2nd with 2 outs in the 7th and got the final out.

On the Brink Due to Coronavirus Rules

And then it was all about who would crack first — due to Coronavirus special rules, each team is allowed to start each extra inning with the leadoff batter automatically placed on 2nd base. So each team is in a jam to start it off.

Jonathan Holder got out of his jam in the bottom of the 8th — a runner on 3rd and only 1 out — he struck out Herrera, walked a batter who went to 2nd on indifference — and with 2nd and 3rd, 2 out, and the game on the line, got rightfielder Anthony Santander to LINE OUT to left.

Yankee Rally in the 9th

In the top of the 9th, the Yanks, having pinch hitter for the DH earlier, put leadoff batter Jonathan Holder at 2nd because of the Coronavirus rules.

Miguel Andujar singled in Holder for the lead, and Clint Frazier singled in Andjuar for a 6-4 Yankee lead.

With a Baltimore runner automatically on 2nd to start the bottom of the 9th, Chad Green allowed a leadoff infield single to put runners on 1st and 3rd nobody out, but got out of the jam with a big double play, then got the final out when pinch hitter Bryan Holaday flied out to left.

The Boxscore


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