NEW YORK - The Orioles and Yankees will determine a winner tonight in extra innings.
Didi Gregorius homered off reliever Miguel Castro with one out in the eighth inning to produce the third tie of the night. Castro returned for the ninth and retired the side in order to move the game past regulation with the score 3-3.
The Orioles wasted two Aroldis Chapman walks in the top of the ninth, with Caleb Joseph bouncing into a force at third base and Trey Mancini striking out. Chapman received two mound visits, the second apparently to check on his health.
Seems like a nice way to bend the rules.
Asked by a New York reporter this week whether he liked playing at Yankee Stadium, Manny Machado refused to take the bait and pointed out how everyone likes playing baseball.
Some people just do it better than others.
Machado hit his first two home runs of the season tonight within the first three innings against CC Sabathia, reaching the second deck in left field and the back of the visiting bullpen. The ball was chucked onto the field only once, and not by a teammate.
Chris Davis also got into the power act with his first home run, a 400-foot shot to right-center field in the fourth inning that broke another tie. He provided a lead that held up until Gregorius homered.
Kevin Gausman left after allowing a leadoff single in the sixth, Richard Bleier passed the baton to Castro in the seventh and the lead vanished an inning later. Meanwhile, Davis’ solo shot is the last hit for the Orioles.
Machado’s home runs were measured at 410 and 421 feet. Tonight marked his 15th career multi-homer game, the most recent against the Yankees on Sept. 5, 2017. Sabathia and Dellin Betances were the victims.
Sabathia lasted four innings and 58 pitches tonight, his departure coming with the Orioles leading 3-2. Three solo shots did the damage, but he might have bigger issues with an MRI scheduled for later tonight due to soreness in his right hip.
Machado has three career multi-homer games against the Yankees. According to ESPN Stats & Info, the only player to produce more before his 26th birthday since 1920 is Hall of Famer Jimmie Foxx.
Davis was 11-for-53 with one home run and 22 strikeouts against Sabathia before tonight. He was hit by a pitch in the second inning and launched a 79 mph slider over the home bullpen in the fourth.
The night began with Davis owning only two hits in 25 at-bats and still waiting for his first RBI. He moved down to sixth in the order, the leadoff experiment tabled.
Gausman threw 96 pitches, 61 for strikes, in five-plus innings and allowed two runs and five hits with one walk and three strikeouts. He surrendered the tying run in the bottom of the first and again in the third, but he registered a shutdown inning in the fourth. His fastball was touching 95-95 mph in the early innings, a marked improvement over his first start, when the Twins collected three home runs off him in four frames.
The first three batters reached in the first inning tonight on Brett Gardner’s four-pitch walk, a fastball that struck Aaron Judge on the left arm and Giancarlo Stanton’s RBI single on an 0-2 fastball. The inning could have gotten away from Gausman, but he retired the next three on ground balls without the go-ahead run scoring.
There was a price to pay beyond the RBI single. Gausman already had thrown 26 pitches. He was up to 90 through the fifth inning after getting a called third strike on Judge, who stared at a 95 mph fastball.
Machado’s second home run was countered in the third by Gardner’s leadoff double and Judge’s soft single into center field. Stanton struck out and Gregorius bounced into a 1-6-3 double play.
The Orioles stranded Tim Beckham at third base in the sixth inning after a two-out walk, throwing error by reliever Tommy Kahnle and a wild pitch. Bleier began to warm as Gausman returned to the mound, and he entered after Stanton’s leadoff single.
Bleier stranded runners on the corners by retiring pinch-hitter Ronald Torreyes on a grounder to third, but not before a lengthy argument from manager Buck Showalter related to a rundown off Neil Walker’s slow roller in front of the mound.
Joseph chased Stanton back toward third base, tagged Gary Sánchez as he stood on the bag and kept pursuing Stanton, who ran past his teammate and turned toward the Orioles’ dugout.
Joseph also tagged Stanton and Showalter wanted two outs instead of one, presumably citing Rule 5.09(b)(9) that indicates the Yankees catcher should have been out once Stanton passed him, and Stanton should have been out because he never made it back to third. Showalter settled for getting his money’s worth.
Castro replaced Bleier in the seventh after a two-out walk to Gardner and he struck out Judge to preserve the lead. He induced three ground balls in the eighth, but Gregorius found the seats in right field, turning on a 95 mph fastball and sending it a modest 344 feet.
Update: Pedro Álvarez hit a grand slam off Jonathan Holder in the 14th inning to give the Orioles a 7-3 win over the Yankees. Rule 5 pick Pedro Araujo earned his first major league win with two scoreless innings.
The Orioles loaded the bases with no outs and Álvarez homered after a disputed called third strike on Adam Jones.
Judge made a leaping catch to rob Joseph of a home run and end the top of the 13th.
Araujo retired the side in order in the 12th and stranded Judge at second base in the 13th.
The game almost ended in the 11th. Gregorius led off with a walk and stole second base. Neil Walker was walked intentionally with one out, Torryes grounded into a force - the double play was reversed - and Gregorius was out trying to score on a pitch that got past Joseph.
Mychal Givens, who struck out the side in the 10th, was sitting on the plate as he applied the tag. No rule against being stretched across it while fielding a throw.
Givens logged two scoreless and hitless innings after throwing 26 pitches last night in two-thirds of an inning.
Pinch-hitter Colby Rasmus struck out to end the top of the 10th and strand two runners. He struck out again to leave the bases loaded in the 12th and is 2-for-21 with 13 strikeouts this season.
Álvarez had a pinch-hit single with two outs in the 10th for the Orioles’ first hit since Davis’ homer in the fourth inning. He drew a two-out walk in the 11th off left-hander Chasen Shreve before Rasmus struck out.
Machado homered twice, singled twice and walked twice.
Brad Brach retired the side in order in the bottom of the 14th.