Rodon BOMBED. Gleyber Error Doesn’t Help. Baltimore 7 NY 2

Carlos Rodon was bombed for 3 homer balls and wasn’t helped by Gleyber Torres, who muffed a double-play ball in the 5th that led to 3 more runs as the Yanks got crushed 7-2 by the Orioles in Baltimore on a sunny, warm Thursday afternoon.

The win allows Baltimore to take 3 of 4 in the important early season series, and vault into 1st place in the AL East by a game.

The Orioles threw Kyle Bradish at the Yanks at the last second — the starter for the game was listed as TBA by Baltimore just before game time. It was Bradish’s first appearance of the year; he has been in the minors rehabbing from a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament in his elbow he suffered in January. Bradish pitched 4 good innings, and the Baltimore pen took it from there.

Gleyber Torres did make some amends for his error by hitting his first homerun of the year in the top of the 6th — it was his first homer since September 7th of last year; over 300 plate appearances.

“You have to secure the ball,” said Manager Aaron Boone afterwards about Gleyber’s costly play. “This is the big leagues and you gotta make the play, and he didn’t make the play. I don’t know; trying to do too much. With the ball being hit the way it did; chance at a double play ball. He’s made that play a lot; didn’t in that spot.”

1. Yanks Jump on Top Early

The Yanks jumped on top 1-0 in the top of the 3rd when Anthony Volpe led off with a double and Anthony Rizzo got a 2-out RBI single.

2. Rodon Rocked

Carlos Rodon has pitched very well so far this year for NY, but he got rocked in this important early season game.

He pitched out of trouble in the 2nd inning — allowing two singles and a hit-by-pitch to load the bases with nobody out, then struck out Colin Cowser and James McCann before getting a fly out to end the inning.

Maybe that tired him, maybe not — but he allowed:

  • a solo homer to Ryan Mountcastle in the 3rd to tie the game at 1-1,
  • a solo HR to Jorge Mateo leading off the 4th to make it 2-1 Baltimore, and
  • a solo homer to Ryan McKenna later in the 4th to make it 3-1 Baltimore.

3. Gleyber Error

In the 5th, Rodon allowed a leadoff double to Adley Rutschman and a single to Ryan Mountcastle for a 4-1 Baltimore lead.

Anthony Santander hit one up the middle that Anthony Volpe made a fine play on, tossing it to Gleyber for an easy double play — but Gleyber dropped the ball and everyone was safe.

Instead of 2 outs and nobody on, there was 1st and 2nd, nobody out. Jake Westburg tripled in 2 runs, and Mateo hit a sac fly to score Westburg — it was 7-1 Baltimore and the Yanks were done.

“Stuff was good,” said Rodon afterwards. “Pitches I’d like to have back — fastball down the zone that got hit; could have been better with some location. Good hitting team, but got to be better with where I’m throwing the ball. Try to limit the long ball and get outs sooner. Yea it sucks.”

4. Gleyber HR

Gleyber atoned a bit for his big error with a homer in the top of the 6th.

5. Marinaccio & Tonkin with 4 Shutout Innings

Ron Marinaccio pitched a shutout 5th and 6th; Michael Tonkin pitched a shutout 7th and 8th.

For the Orioles, Danny Coulombe, Jacob Webb, and Cionel Perez combined to shutout the Yanks the last 3 innings for the old ballgame.

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