The New York Yankees kicked off a four-game set with the Baltimore Orioles at Orioles Park as Camden Yards in Baltimore. The last time the two teams met, the Yankees took 2 of 3 from the Orioles, outscoring them 18-5. Tonight see the return of Deivi Garcia to the rotation after missing out on the starting rotation. He has been working on his slider pitch and hopes to win his first game of the season. He faced the Orioles Matt Harvey in his fifth start of the season. The game-time temperature was 65 degrees, and the game was played under sunny/clear skies with just a light breeze. The Yankees lost the game 4-2.
DJ LeMahieu led off the first against Matt Harvey, and he went down looking. From 2012 to 2015, Harvey was one of the best pitchers in baseball until he was beset by several injuries, including Tommy John surgery. Giancarlo Stanton walked. Aaron Judge hit into a double play to end the half. At the bottom, Cedric Mullins lead off Deivi Garcia making his season debut, and Mullins hit a blast into the stands for the early lead for the Orioles. Trey Mancini ground out to short. DJ Stewart ground out to short. Maikel Franco, with two outs, struck out swinging, but the O’s picked up a run. O’s 1 Yankees 0.
Rougie Odor struck out to start the second. Gio Ushela singled. Gleyber Torres walked, and Aaron Hicks flew out to center. But Urshela moved to second base on a close call. Gary Sanchez, with two on and two outs, struck out, leaving two Yankees on base. At the bottom, Austin Hayes led off by striking out. Pedro Severino walked. Ryan Mountcastle flew out to a backpedaling Torres beyond short. Freddie Galvis doubled driving in Severino for the two-run O’s lead. Ramon Urias Ramon Urias struck out swinging to end the half, but the O’s picked up another run. O’s 2 Yankees 0.
At the top of the third, the New York Yankees’ Frazier lined out to second. LeMahieu also lined out to the second baseman. Giancarlo Stanton stuck out swinging for a 1-2-3 inning for Harvey. Mullins led off the bottom by flying out to Frazier in the left. Mancini walked. Stewart flew out to the shift. Franco flew out to Aaron Judge in right field to end the inning. O’s 2 Yankees 0.
Aaron Judge led off the fourth inning by flying out to the right-field wall. Rougie Odor flew out to left. Gio Urshela ground out for Harvey’s eighth put down in a row. At the bottom of the inning, Hays led off, flying out to Aaron Judge. Severino flew out to Frazier in left. Mountcastle had a two-out double over Judge’s head. Galvis walked on four pitches. Urias, with two on and two outs, struck out on a nine-pitch at-bat. O’s 2 Yankees 0.
At the top of the fifth, Gleyber Torres ground out to short. Aaron Hicks flew out to left field. Gary Sanchez struck out to end the half, and it was 11 up and 11 down for Harvey. At the bottom, it was the top of the lineup for Baltimore. Mullins faced the new Yankee pitcher Lucas Luetge and doubled to right. Mancini ground out to Urshela at third. Stewart struck out and Franco grounded out, so the O’s wasted a double when Luetage put down the next three batters. O’s 2 Yankees 1.
Frazier walked, but DJ LeMahieu hit into a double playing the sixth. Giancarlo Stanton doubled. Aaron Judge doubled to left, scoring Stanton as the Yankees picked up a run. Rougie Odor flew out to left, but the Yankees closed the gap. O’s 2 Yankee 1. At the bottom, Darren O’Day took over for Luetge. A pitch hit hays. Severino singled, moving Hays to third. Mountcastle, with two on and no outs, struck out. Rio Ruiz in for Galvis, O’Day balked scoring Hays. Ruiz struck out. Urias flew out to Hicks. The third balk in O’Day’s career led to another O’s run. O’s 3 New York Yankees 1.
At the top of the seventh, Travis Lakins Sr. took over for Harvey. Gio Urshela ground out. Gleyber Torres walked. Aaron Hicks flew out to far left. Gary Sanchez out for the force ending the half. At the bottom, Mullins had a homer off Justin Wilson to center for another run for the O’s. Mancini one-hopped to Odor. Stewart flew out to Urshela, who made a long run to make the catch. Franco doubled to far left on a ball the Judge couldn’t get to. Hays flew to Hicks, but another O’s run scored. O’s 4 Yankees 1.
Clint Frazier led off the eighth inning by walking against Scott. LeMahieu also walked. Giancarlo Stanton, with two on and no out, flew out to left. Aaron Judge walked for the third walk in a row. Rougie Odor chased a pitch out of the zone for the second out. Cesar Valdez came in to get the final out. Urshela instead singled down the left-field line scoring two runners, but Judge was called out at third for the final out of the inning. As it turned out, DJ was called out because Judge was out before DJ scored. Boone argued and was ejected from the game. Upon YES review, DJ did score. At the bottom, Chad Green replaced Justin Wilson, Severino singled on a throw that pulled DJ off the bag. Mountcastle and Ruiz both ground out, ending the inning. O’s 4 Yankees 3.
With last licks on the line for the Yankees, Gleyber Torres ground out to short. Aaron Hicks struck out swinging, and Gary Sanchez ground out to end the game. The final score was New York Yankees 4, Baltimore Orioles 2. The winning pitcher was Matt Harvey, and the loser was Deivi Garcia. Cesar Valdez got the save.