Whatever. I didn't want home field advantage for the WC game anyway. The Yankees followed up yesterday afternoon's loss by completing the wrong side of the sweep in the nightcap and dropping both games to the Orioles. They've lost 5 of 6 and 8 of 13 as they stumble into the postseason. Can't put this one on Luis Severino. He gave up a solo home run to Nolan Reimold on the second pitch of the game and got into big trouble in the bottom of the 1st, but he held that damage at 2 runs and settled down quickly to turn in a pretty good start. Manny Machado bopped a solo shot off him in the 3rd for Baltimore's third run, then Severino worked the next 4 innings efficiently and scorelessly to keep his team in the game.
The Yankees battled back from the early deficits with a Didi Gregorius sac fly in the 2nd and a big rally against Ubaldo Jimenez in the top of the 5th. Rob Refsnyder doubled, Didi singled, and Slade Heathcott doubled to score one run, and a hit batsman (Jacoby Ellsbury) and bases loaded walk to Carlos Beltran scored the second to tie the game at 3.
The offense went dormant after the 5th, however, managing a lonely base hit in the 9th that was immediately erased by Rico Noel getting picked off first base. This came after the O's put runners on the corners in the bottom of the 8th against Dellin Betances and scored the go-ahead run on a Betances wild pitch. Of all the ways to lose in late innings, this was a new one.
- 7 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 0 BB, 6 K for Severino. He got better as the game went on and was only a handful of pitches away from a really good start. But he was definitely off in the 1st and that really hurt him.
- Refnsyder was the only guy in the lineup with multiple hits. The Yanks had 6 as a team.
- Betances finished the wild pitch at-bat in the 8th by striking out Machado. He struck out the side in the inning because of course he did, but the wild pitch was all that mattered.
- Little emotion in the middle innings when Ellsbury took a pitch in the back from Jimenez and Severino responded by firing one over Paul Janish's head in the 5th. Both benches were warned. Wonder if anything carries over to today.