Yankees Didi Gregorius out at the plate

Bullpen Runs out of Steam as Yankees Lose 7-3 to Orioles

John Salvatore

Yankees Bullpen was Solid

The Yankees bullpen did everything they could in this game, but still ended up with the loss. After CC Sabathia left the game with hip soreness after the 4th , the bullpen combined to throw 9 1/3 scoreless innings.

Tommy Kahnle threw two innings, giving up no hits on two walks and two strikeouts. Kahnle was followed by scoreless innings from Dellin Betances, David Robertson, Aroldis Chapman, and Chad Green.

Jonathan Holder pitched a scoreless inning in the 13th. Unfortunately, Holder couldn’t keep it going, eventually giving up a grand slam in the top of the 14th inning to Orioles DH Pedro Alvarez.

The bullpen combined for 13 strikeouts in 9 1/3 innings and only 5 hits, though they did walk 8 batters.

More Injuries

The Yankees had four players leave the game for various ailments in this game. In addition to Sabathia, Brandon Drury left early with blurred vision, Tyler Wade also left with flu-like symptoms. In the top of the 14th, Gary Sanchez was removed from the game with leg cramping just before Alvarez hit his grand slam.

Strange Play in 11th

After hitting his third home run of the season in the 8th inning Didi Gregorius looked like he could have scored on a wild pitch. It seemed that Orioles pitcher Mychal Givens illegally blocked home plate. However, the Yankees appeal was overturned, and the game continued on. It turns out, the rule about blocking the plate only applies to the catcher, and the pitcher is free to do so. Ya learn something new every day.

Highlight Reel Catch by Aaron Judge

In the 13th inning, Aaron Judge made the best catch of the season so far. Caleb Joseph squared one off of Holder that was on its way out of the yard. Fortunately, athletic skyscraper Judge was there and made an incredible catch.

The Yankees are in action again tomorrow at 1:05pm EDT. Sonny Gray will be taking on Chris Tillman of the Orioles.