Well, that was quite the game. Baseball can be interesting sometimes — but this one was just an odd game. The Orioles won 5-2 in the Bronx against the Yankees to pick up the second win of the season, but it wasn’t exactly conventional.
Regardless, a win is a win. And any time you can beat the Yankees, it’s a good night.
Below, the recap and some analysis pertaining to the lovely totals.
The Orioles offense had its first opportunity in the top of the first courtesy of a Trey Mancini leadoff single against Yankees starter Masahiro Tanaka. With Boom-Boom on first with two outs, Adam Jones roped a double to left that looked to be good enough for the game’s first run.
There was a relay to the plate and a bit of a collision, but Mancini appeared to get his hand in before the tag from Gary Sanchez. It looked like a quick 1-0 edge, but a decision from Aaron Boone to go to replay proved to be fruitful for the home team (although the evidence was a bit inconclusive). The call on the field was overturned, Mancini was ruled out and Tanaka had his first zero on the scoreboard of the night.
And little did any of us know, it’d be the start of quite the pitcher’s duel.
Following the top of the first, both Tanaka and O’s starter Andrew Cashner absolutely rolled. The pace was quick, both got outs and despite Cashner falling behind quite a bit, he hurled it and kept things under control. Keeping up with a hot Tanaka is no easy task. But batter after batter, that’s exactly what Cashner did.
Through five innings, both starters traded zeroes and really didn’t allow much of anything. For a while it seemed as though this one would end in two hours flat.
Things were going swimmingly for Cashner until Aaron Judge did what he seems to do best against the Orioles — turn the scoreboard in the Yankees direction. With two outs on Cashner’s 94th pitch of the night, Judge went to the opposite field and cleared the fence with his second long-ball of the season. It put the Yankees up, 1-0, and helped end Cashner’s night after the sixth.
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