Yankees Walk to Victory to Prevent Sweep

Wade Miley walked the first two hitters he faced, both on 3-2 counts. Both those players scored resulting in a Yankees 5-2 win over the Orioles. Miley walked five, throwing 102 pitches after the fifth inning and did not come out to start the sixth.

After Brett Gardner and Rob Refsnyder led the game off with walks Miley struck out Gary Sanchez and Starlin Castro to give fans hope he could escape the inning. A Chase Headley bloop single into left field scored the first run. A wild pitch advanced the runners to second and third and Austin Romine sneaked a single through the third base hole to drive in both for an early 3-0 lead.

The Orioles appeared to come back in the bottom of the first. Adam Jones and Manny Machado lined singles to put two runners on with one out. Michael Pineda got out of the inning, striking out Mark Trumbo and Chris Davis to end the threat.

Another walk assisted the Mets in the third inning. Rob Refsnyder singled up the middle and Gary Sanchez walked to put two runners on with no out. Starlin Castro grounded into a double play, Refsnyder advancing to third. Chase Headley got another two out hit, a slow roller between short and third. Machado jumped in front of Hardy to make the play but his one bouncer to third skipped by Davis allowing Refsnyder to score. The official scorer ruled it a hit giving Headley his second RBI of the game.

The Orioles mounted a comeback off Pineda in the fourth. Mark Trumbo started the inning with a walk. Chris Davis advanced him to third with a line single up the middle off the glove of Headley playing on the right side of the infield. Steve Pearce hit a grounder to short, but a slow pivot throw by Starlin Castro could not get two and Trumbo scored. A hit batsman put two runners on with one out but Pineda was able to strike out Jonathan Schoop and get Hardy to ground to short to limit the damage to one run.

In the fifth a single by Adam Jones and a double by Pedro Alvarez into the left field corner against the shift moved the score to 4-2, ending the day for Pineda. Luis Severino came on to pitch, threw a wild pitch to advance Alvarez to third. Manny Machado struck out for the first out. Two walks loaded the bases and brought out the Yankee pitching coach. Steve Pearce struck out and Matt Wieters grounded to second to end the O’s opportunity.

The Orioles only put one runner on base in the last four innings, a single in the eighth by Chris Davis off the right shoulder of Tyler Clippard. Dellin Betances retired the last four hitters to pick up the save.

The Yankees scored their final run in the ninth when Mark Trumbo dropped a line drive from Tyler Austin for a two base error. Ronald Torreyes bunted him to third and Brett Gardner hit the ball deep enough to Trumbo in right to score Austin. The throw from Trumbo hit Wieters on the fly but his tag was a little late.

Game Notes: It was a small crowd for a Yankee series. The announced crowd was 31,000, but the crowd at the park appeared smaller. It is possible that the hurricane threat prevented many Yankee fans from traveling south to watch the game. The increase in ticket prices may also be a cause for the reduced overall attendance at Oriole games this year. It seemed odd for the Orioles and Yankees to both be in a playoff race but play before a stadium that seemed very empty with nary a chant of “Let’s go Yankees” being drowned out by “Let’s go O’s” chants, at least from where myworld was seated…It was announced that after Cal Ripken broke the consecutive game streak held by Lou Gehrig with his 2,132 consecutive game played the O’s bench pushed Ripken out of the dugout to take his lap around the field. The time was 9:31 or in military time 21:31…Myworld is amazed at the number of people holding up cardboard signs claiming to be homeless on the back end walk to the parking lot near Ravens stadium. There were seven sitting on the sidewalk, many claiming to be former veterans…September games bring in the worst of long games, with managers trotting out lots of pitchers, some just to face one hitter. It would be nice for major league baseball to require relief pitchers to face at least three hitters per inning. If an injury prevents them from doing so they must be placed on the 15 day disabled list the next day…Aaron Judge is a big dude with a big strike zone. He struck out twice. Myworld does not see him hitting for a high average. In the sixth he made a slide into second base to beat the throw from Hardy that would have loaded the bases, but his body rolled past the bag and Schoop tagged him out…The Orioles walked seven Yankees in the game…J.J. Hardy appeared to be limping as he jogged onto the field in the eighth inning.,,The Yankees had been shut out by the Orioles for three straight games until they erupted for three runs off Miley in the first inning…The Orioles were 0 for 10 with runners in scoring position, striking out five times. A team can not live on homeruns alone.

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