I was sick to my stomach when I woke up this morning and saw the final score was Baltimore 7 Yankees 6. I feel asleep in the 8th inning, something I'd almost never do, however the game didn't start until like he 10pm last night, so I'm sure a lot of fans missed out on this one. Let me just say right now, this was a good game to miss. A game that looked like it was won early in the 3rd inning, turned into one of the most devastating defeats the Yankees have encountered this season.
Yankees were riding high coming into this game, just having taken 3 of 4 from Boston in the previous series, and they won the opener in this series. Now, all was left to do was win this series, even better sweep this series, carrying all momementum into the Yankees next serie as they continue to chase the top spot in the AL East. Unfortunately, any momentum we had is probably gone after last night. The Yankees were leading 6-1 in the 3rd inning. A lead that anyone would feel comfortable with saying this game is essentially won, especially when you have a great bullpen like the Yankees do. Anyways, Manny Machado comes up in the bottom of the third, hits a laser beam homer to left center, and the Yankees lead was cut to 6-2. Still, no big deal, big enough lead where I'm very comfortable. Then, in the bottom of the 5th Jonathan Schoop, who is quietly making a nice little MVP campaign, blasts his 31st home run of the season, and the score was now 6-3. Still not worried. The 6th inning is where the scaries started creeping in after Mark Trumbo hit a 2 run Camden Yards special that just made it over the wall. Anywhere else, even at Yankee stadium this a routine fly ball, but at Camden Yards it was a 2 run homer cutting the Yankee lead to 6-5. Now, I was worried.
Still a one run lead with a bullpen of unlimited flame throwing arms should be enough to get the Yankees the W. Tommy Kahnle came in to finish off the 6th and that's exactly what he did without much problem. David Robertson shut down the O's in just 10 pitches in the 7th. Aroldis Chapman came in the 8th leaving me in doubt due to him being awful this season, but even he was lights out last night. We were about to win the series and remain just 2 1/2 games out of first place in the AL East. Dellin Betances came in for the save, usually I'm more than confident with him on the mound, however there's something about him closing games in September that just never sits right with me. Probably because last year he was horrendous as the closer in September. Whatever, that was last year, this is this year, I had nothing to worry about, right. Well, turns out my initial gut wrenching feeling was right, Betances just isn't the same pitcher in September for whatever reason. Worst part was he gets the first two outs of the inning, Yankees are marching on to victory, then he walks Tim Beckham, big mistake, leaving Manny Machado an opportunity to win this game for his team. Machado hit an absolute bomb to centerfield, ball game, walk off, Orioles win, and the Yankees suffer a devastating loss blowing a 5 run lead.
Nothing worse than being one out away from victory and then losing the game. Demoralizing loss for the Yankees, hopefully they bounce back quicker than I do because I might be upset over this one for awhile. Yankees had their chance to bury the Orioles, instead we gave them a second life. Big big mistake. Yankees need to bounce back in a big way today, I have faith they can do it, I mean that has been their mantra all season. Forget about the last one and move onto the next one, baby. Unfortunately, Boston won a marathon game against Toronto in 19 innings, so the deficit in the AL East is back to 3 1/2 games. Still plenty of time to catch those cheating basterds, though.