After taking two out of three games from Tampa Bay in Tampa Bay the O’s traveled back north to the Bronx to start a four game series with a New York Yankees team who are suffering their worst record through 91 games (45-46) since 1992. Both of the starting pitchers featured in this game: Kevin Gausman and Ivan Nova, both have had bad luck seasons so far this year. It would come down to one bullpen keeping their team in the game tonight as New York’s unit of Dellin Betances, Andrew Miller, and Aroldis Chapman would shut down the O’s 2-1 to win game one of this series. The Yankees are 18-1 when Betances, Miller and Chapman pitch in the same game.
Being pushed back a day for his turn to start due to Dylan Bundy’s starting pitching debut O’s right-handed starter Kevin Gausman hoped to keep his dominance of the Yankees going. Gausman came in tonight with a 2.22 ERA in 13 appearances against the Yankees. Unfortunately early runs given up and lack of run support would spoil a masterful pitching performance causing Gausman to drop to 1-7 on the season. He would pitch six and one-third innings giving up two runs on six hits, with one walk and six strikeouts. Despite losing the righty had a period where he retired 12 straight batters, he hasn’t won since June 25th. The lone run for the O’s came from Jonathan Schoop in the third inning with a solo home run.
Yankees right-handed starter Ivan Nova hadn’t completed six inning in any of his past five starts coming into this series opener tonight. He would change that by pitching six innings only giving up one run on four hits, and walked three. Nova now improves to 7-5 on the season and 8-4 in his career against the O’s. Alex Rodriguez showed why he has hit .455 against Gausman by going yard for a solo homer in the second inning. Brian McCann added the other Yankees run with a sac fly and Carlos Beltran went 3-for-4 with two singles and a double.
Game two of this four game series will continue Tuesday at 7:05 PM/ET. Starting pitchers will be: Vance Worley (BAL 2-0 2.87 ERA) vs. Nathan Eovaldi (NYY 7-6 5.11 ERA).
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Written by Brendan Keelan
Former High School and College athlete (football, Wesley College).