Bombers & the Bullpen Strafe Baltimore. Yankees 10 Orioles 5

The Yankees were losing this game 2-0 in the bottom of the 5th when the Bombers arrived — not the heavy artillery but machine-gun single strafing that plated run after run until Aaron Judge hit a big bomb late.

Meanwhile Jameson Taillon couldn’t get one last out in the 5th — missing a win by ‘this’ much. NY sent in a wave of 6 relievers to hold Baltimore at bay — at one point leading 10-2 before the Orioles scored 3 in the 9th.

Thus NY wins its 6th in a row, sweeping the 3-game set against Baltimore, on a chilly, sunny Thursday afternoon game in the Bronx. NY is now 13-6 and in 1st place in the AL East. Baltimore is the opposite of that — 6-13 and in last.

1. Taillon Good

Jameson Taillon missed the win but pitched overall pretty well — 4.2 innings, 2 runs on 7 hits. He allowed the 2 runs in the 2nd — he hit Cedric Mullins with a pitch to lead off the inning, and he came around to score on a groundout after a two wild pitches by Taillon moved him to 3rd. Austin Hays hit a double to make it 2-0 Baltimore but that was all Taillon would allow.

With 2 outs in the 5th, Austin Hays singled and Boone gave Taillon the hook at 83 pitches.

Miguel Castro came in, allowed a double to Rougned Odor, then walked a batter before getting the final out — and HE got the win. Vulture.

2. Bombers Strafe Orioles

With Taillon out, the Yanks IMMEDIATELY put runs on the board in the bottom of the 5th.  Tim Locastro was safe on a throwing error by the 3rd baseman that he caused with his speed, then Marwin Gonzalez doubled him home. DJ LeMahieu got on due to an error, and then consecutive RBI-singles by Aaron Judge and Anthony Rizzo made it 3-2 NY and knocked out Baltimore lefty Bruce Zimmermann.

Giancarlo Stanton met reliever Brian Baker with another single that made it 4-2 NY.

Locastro’s speed caused an error by the pitcher in the 6th — allowing Joey Gallo (who had walked) to move to 3rd, where he scored on a sac fly by Gonzalez plated.

Josh Donaldson singled in LeMahieu in the 7th to make it  6-2 NY.

3. Judge Bomb

Aaron Judge hit a 3-run bomb in the 8th to make it a rout — 10-2 NY.

4. Tough Luck for Marinaccio

The only bad news on the day was that Ron Marinaccio — the rookie reliever who strikes out so many — had another bad night: he struck out the first batter he faced in the 9th, but then double, double, double, strikeout, single made it 10-5 and he was gone — from the game and the Yankees, down to the minor leagues after the game.

Lucas Luetge came in to get the final out for the old ballgame.


  • Aaron Judge is now batting .296 (.367 OBP) with 5 homers. Pay the man.
  • Anthony Rizzo is now batting .290 (.402 OBP) with a league leading 7 homers.
  • DJ LeMahieu is at .313 (.389 OBP)

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