Orioles drop two games in shortened series against visiting Yankees

Game 1 (PPD): Thursday’s series opener was delayed almost two hours before finally being called off. The makeup game will take place on Monday, Jul. 9 as part of a single-admission double header.

Game 2 (4-1 NYY): After an unexpected but much appreciated night off, the Orioles and Yankees got their second series of the season underway on Friday.

Manny Machado appeared to jump start the lineup with a solo home run off of Sonny Gray in the first inning but that would end up being the O’s only run. Gray and the New York bullpen shutdown the Orioles lineup after the solo shot and allowed just four more hits.

Andrew Cashner took the mound for the Orioles and turned in another start that was rough around the edges but still quality. Cashner has been inconsistent and far from flashy since joining the O’s rotation, but usually puts his team in a position to win more often than not. Friday was no different but once again the offense was not able to score runs to support their starter or pick up a win. It marked the seventh straight game where the O’s have scored three runs or less.

Gleyber Torres and Greg Bird knocked in the Yankees first two runs with an RBI single and triple respectively. Aaron Judge capped off New York’s scoring with a solo home run in the seventh. The blast marked Judge’s fourth homer and eighth RBI at Camden Yards since debuting last season.

Game 3 (8-5 NYY): After another lengthy rain delay, the Orioles offense finally broke out on Saturday for a quality afternoon at the plate. The bad news is Kevin Gausman and the bullpen were awful and the O’s five-run outing went to waste.

Just like Friday’s game, the O’s got things started with a solo homer in the first inning. This time it was Adam Jones sending one to center field for his tenth home run of the season. Joey Rickard and Machado would follow with solo shots of their own off of Masahiro Tanaka in the third and sixth innings.

Tanaka was chased from the game after one out in the sixth, but Danny Valencia’s RBI double off of Jonathan Holder later on in the inning was credited to the Yankees’ starter.

Unfortunately, by the time the O’s pushed their fourth run across they were still down by two runs. Gausman worked his way through 5.1 innings but ran into even more trouble than Tanaka and gave up six runs, five of which were earned.

The Yankees scored two more runs in the eighth to make it an 8-4 game and the Orioles offense is just not built to make that kind of comeback. Jones picked up an RBI single in the ninth but that would be it for the O’s in this abbreviated series.

After surprising everyone with a 3-1 series win over the Yankees back in early April, the Orioles have regressed to one of the worst teams in baseball. These two wins not only even the season series but also help the Yankees maintain a slim lead over Boston at the top of the division going into Sunday.

Game 4 (PPD): After a weekend of on and off rain storms, Sunday afternoon’s finale was called off a few hours before the scheduled start. The two AL East rivals will now play another double header on Saturday, August 25. The Orioles announced that this will be a split double header (separate admission) with one game taking place at 1:05 pm and the other at 7:05 pm.

Up next: The O’s will have Monday off before heading out on a six-game road trip. It starts with a two-game set against the Mets, which marks the first road interleague series of the year for the Orioles. Runs have been hard enough to come by recently so who knows how bad it will get with the O’s pitchers taking at bats instead of a designated hitter.

After the short series in New York, the Orioles head to Toronto for four games from Thursday to Sunday.

Image credit: Patrick Semansky / AP

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