The Yankees will look to rebound from Tuesday night’s 4-3 loss to the Baltimore Orioles when they play the Orioles on Wednesday night in the rubber game of the series. The Yankees beat Baltimore 6-5 on Monday in the first game of the series after Stephen Drew hit a pinch-hit grand slam.
The Yankees had a chance to win Tuesday night’s game but the Yankees were only able to score two runs in the eighth after having runners on first and third with one out. Carlos Beltran’s groundout scored Didi Gregorius and then Chase Headley scored after an error allowed Mark Teixiera to reach first. If Beltran and Teixeira would have both hit doubles they could have had a 7-6 lead instead of a 6-5 deficit after the eighth inning.
CC Sabathia got the start and was unlucky for the most part and pitched better than his stats indicate. He had seven strikeouts and only one walk, and Sabathia now has 15 strikeouts and only one walk in his two starts. Two plays that really hurt Sabathia were Adam Jones’s homer that easily cleared the wall in left in the first and Caleb Joseph’s triple to the gap in right center to leadoff the seventh inning.
Joseph would score on a sacrifice fly to center by Everth Cabrera for what would be the winning run. Cabrera hit a pop up to shallow canter and if Jacoby Ellsbury had a strong throwing arm he likely would have had Joseph out at home.
In the third game of the series, Nathan Eovaldi will get his second start for the Yankees. Eovaldi threw a pitch that was 101 miles per hour in his start last week against the Boston Red Sox, but wasn’t as effective overall as he should be. In 5.1 innings he allowed eight hits, three earned runs and only had one strikeout. He has the stuff and velocity to be a pitcher who can consistently strikeout more than five batters.
Carlos Beltran, who is only hitting .156, is still hitting third in the lineup. He will likely be moved to six or seven in the next week or two if he isn’t more productive.
Didi Gregorius is a player who needs to be better not only on offense but surprisingly on defense as well. He is hitting .154, has made many mental mistakes on the base-paths in addition to not throwing home when he should have & made his first error last night. His struggles could be the result of pressing as he is playing his first few games with the Yankees and replacing Derek Jeter in the process.