The New York Yankees took on the Baltimore Orioles on Thursday night in the final game of the two-game series. Coming off a great offensive performance in their previous game against the Orioles, the Yankees continued to rake and won the game with some 9th inning magic by a score of 8-6.
The Yankees scored five runs in the first inning as Giancarlo Stanton drove in a run with a single to left and Luke Voit smashed his first career grand slam. New York didn’t lose a step from their previous game on offense. However, JA Happ didn’t look his greatest.
Let’s take a look at the winners and losers from the Yankees’ five-inning win over the Orioles:
LOSER: LHP J.A. Happ
J.A. Happ got his first start in 2020 last night and already started looking more and more like his 2019 self. In 2019, he had the second-highest HR/9 in the MLB and didn’t seem to improve that stat at all. In the first, he gave up a 2-run shot to Hanser Alberto and shortened New York’s lead to only three. Then in the second, he gave up another 2-run shot. This one by Rio Ruiz. Now, you could blame his performance on the fact that he hasn’t had enough time to prepare. He looked tired right after giving up the first home run to Alberto and got lucky on a couple of missed pitches. Not the greatest start to the season for the 37-year old veteran.