The Yankees came to Baltimore knowing this is their biggest series of the season to date. They’ve responded by being shut out in the first two games. Only six total hits too. And two were infield singles. The Yankees have actually been shut out in three straight games by the Orioles dating back to last weekend’s series at Yankee Stadium. Good job, good effort. This final score was 2-0. It’s Saturday night and it’s a holiday weekend, so this one is getting bullet points:
- Strong Sabathia: Two runs (one earned) in six innings against the O’s in Camden Yards? CC Sabathia did his job. Aaron Judge bobbled a broken bat single in the fourth inning, allowing the first run to score, then Adam Jones hit a solo homer into the first row in the fifth. Sabathia allowed six hits and walked two in his six innings. He only had one strikeout and did have to battle through some innings, but, at the end of the day, two runs in six innings against that offense in that park is really good. Sabathia deserved better.
- Cy Gausman: For the fifth time this season, the Yankees were completely shut down by Kevin Gausman. They’ve scored three runs total in 33.2 innings against him, and two of the three were driven in by a guy who was forced into retirement. The Yankees had their best chance to score in the fourth, when a walk (Jacoby Ellsbury), an infield single (Gary Sanchez), and a hit-by-pitch (Didi Gregorius) loaded the bases with one out. Starlin Castro then struck out on a 3-2 pitch way out of the zone (surprise surprise) and Brian McCann flew out weakly (surprise surprise) to end the threat. Gausman has a 0.80 ERA against the Yankees and a 4.41 ERA against everyone else in ’16.
- Leftovers: Sanchez, Castro, McCann, and Chase Headley had the team’s four hits, all singles … Ellsbury and Judge drew the only walks … Adam Warren and Tyler Clippard both pitched into and out of trouble in their scoreless innings … the Yankees have been shut out in three straight games by the same team for the first time since 1973 (White Sox). They’ve also been shut out in back-to-back games for the first time since last season and only the second time this century.
Here are the box score, video highlights, and updated standings. Also check out our Bullpen Workload and Announcer Standings pages. The Yankees and Orioles wrap up this three-game series Sunday afternoon. It’s pretty much a must-win if this team wants to remain relevant a few more weeks. Michael Pineda and Wade Miley are the scheduled starters.