The Yankees continue to find ways to lose. Although they out-hit the Orioles 10-6, the team failed to push more than 1 run across the plate in another wasted CC Sabathia start. If you missed this game for whatever reason, consider yourself lucky. It was a slow moving, boring 3-1 loss that featured a 97 minute rain delay. Just enough time for Aroldis Chapman to prepare to execute his first blown save of the season.
CC overall did a nice job but it took him 71 pitches to get through three innings. Orioles hitters, especially Joey Rickard, who had a pair of 12-pitch AB’s really worked him with foul ball after foul ball, and Sabathia himself didn’t display his finest command. He allowed six walks, which ties career high, but he was able to grind through those five innings to not allow any runs. Enough to set your team up for a win. Right? Wrong. The RISP Fail really came back to bite the Yanks again. They had had runners in scoring position in six different innings, and they only scored 1run. They were 1-for-11 with runners in scoring position, which is awful. In the top of fourth, with a 1-0 lead, they had a chance to make it even bigger. However, in the most 2016 Yankees fashion, Aaron Hicks grounded into a force out and Ellsbury struck out to end the inning.
Once again the bullpen failed. The 8th inning started awfully shaky with Dellin Betances allowing a walk to Mark Trumbo and single to Chris Davis. After striking out Nolan Reimold, Joe Girardi decided to bring Chapman and then the umps called for the tarp for the impending storm. Once play resumed, it took roughly fifteen minutes for the Yankees to relinquish the lead and ultimately lose the game. Chapman was all over the place as his control was a bit off, but he eventually blew away Jonathan Schoop with a 100-mile high heat. After allowing a single to Yankee coach Tony Pena’s son Francisco, (Rut-roh) bases are loaded. Next up, on a 0-2 count, pinch-hitter Matt Wieters hits a single to center that scores 2 and 1 more on Ellsbury’s throwing error which Chapman failed to back up at home. Yankees got completely shut down by Zach Britton in the 9th to lose the game.3-1 Orioles.
It’s obvious the 3 headed bullpen monster isn’t scaring anyone. The Yankee big 3 pen arms tossed 5.1 IP this series and allowed 4 runs with 2 losses (both charged to Betances). Not a good couple of days for them.
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