The New York Yankees lost their third consecutive game against the Baltimore Orioles on Sunday afternoon by a score of 5-1. They now dropped to 21-18 and are arguably out of the playoff picture for now.
With starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka on the mound, the Yankees had a good opportunity to win a game that was essential for their forward momentum. Tanaka lasted 5.1 innings, allowing two and runs and six hits. He posted a solid performance, but once again, the offense simply couldnâ€™t get going.
Unknown starter for the Orioles, Dean Kremer pitched six innings, allowing just one hit and one earned run.
Overall, it was another embarrassing loss for the Yankees, who simply canâ€™t get anything going at the plate.
Good news and bad news for the New York Yankees:
There are only two pieces of good news to extract from the loss on Sunday. The first thing, it is Clint Frazierâ€™s birthday, so he is deserving of a shout out. He earned one hit and one walk, but also struck out twice on the day. The other positive factor, Miguel Andujar, posted three hits over four at-bats. Andujar is coming around and can finally be factored into the lineup more frequently.
Pitching-wise, Tanaka gave up a home run in the first inning to put the Yankees 2-0 behind, but he ultimately pitched quite well, lasting 5.1 innings.
The bad news â€” everything else. The offense tallied another four-hit performance, lowering their confidence and burying them in a pit of despair and tranquility. DJ LeMahieu was unable to record a hit on a day, and the remainder of the lineup, aside from Andujar, was stagnant. The Orioles made fun of the Yankees lowly spirits, recording nine hits and posting five runs on them. I think we can all agree that Tyler Wade is a liability at the plate, and the Yankees sorely miss Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton.
Manager Aaron Boone did state that Judge and Stanton should be available for the postseason season, but the major issue is that the Yankees might not even be in the running at that point. Assuming they would make the playoffs was a reality for most, but at this point, they are nowhere near capable of making a deep run.