BALTIMORE — Not even a trip to Camden Yards can cure what ails this Yankee team. After seeing their three-game winning streak snapped in Cleveland on Sunday, the Yankees fell back into last place
BALTIMORE — Not even a trip to Camden Yards can cure what ails this Yankee team.
After seeing their three-game winning streak snapped in Cleveland on Sunday, the Yankees fell back into last place in the AL East with a 4-2 loss to the Orioles on Monday night.
And they found a new way to lose: on the basepaths.
They had a chance to get back in the game in the top of the eighth, but Aaron Judge was thrown out at third on Gio Urshela’s RBI single.
The hit would have scored a second run, but the umpires ruled Judge was thrown out before DJ LeMahieu crossed the plate, which would have gotten the Yankees to within a run.
As the Yankees considered whether to challenge the play, first base umpire Greg Gibson ruled they were out of time.
Aaron Boone said he didn’t believe he was given enough time for a decision and was tossed after coming out of the dugout.
Afterwards, though, he said the run likely wouldn’t have counted.
“I thought Gio smoked the ball down in the corner and I’d play aggressive and make something happen,’’ Judge said of his mindset in going for third. “In that situation, you’ve got to play it safe. In my eyes, I thought 100 percent I got in there, but I’ve got to play smarter ball. You don’t want to end an inning like that, especially when you’ve got a team on the ropes.”
It was one of many things that went wrong for his stumbling team, which was shut down for six innings by Matt Harvey.
The former Met delivered his best start in years, allowing just one run in six innings. And Cedric Mullins hit a pair of homers and a double for Baltimore.
“When the team needs it the most, hits aren’t exactly falling now — for me or anyone,’’ LeMahieu said. “We’re pressing offensively. I know we’re gonna be better than we’ve been. It’s extremely frustrating. All I can say is we’re all frustrated.”
And it came in a place where the Yankees normally rack up victories. After winning 18 in a row in Baltimore, they’ve now lost four consecutive games dating back to last season.
The game didn’t take long to go the wrong way for the Yankees.
Deivi Garcia, in his first start of the season after being called up from the alternate site in Scranton, got off to a rough start, allowing a leadoff homer to Mullins in the first and an RBI double to Freddy Galvis in the second.
Harvey, meanwhile, turned back the clock for the Orioles, keeping the Yankees scoreless for the first five innings.
After a one-out flare hit by Urshela and walk by Gleyber Torres in the second, Harvey went on to retire 11 straight.
The 21-year-old Garcia battled through the fourth, but his night ended after 65 pitches, with the Yankees looking to keep him from facing the lineup a third time.
Down by a pair, the Yankees finally got to Harvey in the sixth, with Clint Frazier leading off with a walk.
Harvey got a double play from LeMahieu, but Stanton crushed a laser down the left-field line for a double, just the second hit of the night by the Yankees.
Judge followed with another hard double to left to drive in Stanton to get the Yankees to within 2-1.
With Harvey on the ropes, Rougned Odor flied to left.
Darren O’Day allowed a run on a balk in the sixth and Justin Wilson gave up Mullins’ second homer of the night in the seventh before the Yankees came back in the eighth against left-hander Tanner Scott, who walked the bases loaded with one out.
But Scott struck out Odor for the second out.
Urshela singled to left against Cesar Valdez, scoring Frazier before Judge tested Austin Hays’ arm in left and paid the price.
This story originally appeared on: NyPost - Author:Dan Martin