(Jacob Gaba is a big fan of SSTN who aspires to join our team as a writer. He contributed this excellent recap. Look for more from Jacob very soon!)
Starting with Chad Green’s spectacular nine-pitch first inning, the Yankees got out on the right foot for Game Two of yesterday’s doubleheader against the Orioles. After Green retired the one batter he faced in the top of the second, Aaron Boone brought in reliever Joe Mantiply for his Yankees debut.
Given a 3-0 lead on a Brett Gardner bases-loaded triple in the bottom of the first, Mantiply was able to work three innings. He gave up three earned runs on three hits, two walks, and two strikeouts before Boone came out to give the 26-year-old Brady Lail the ball for his Major League debut.
Lail worked masterfully until the seventh. With two on and nobody out, he surrendered a home run to Hanser Alberto, who collected five hits off Yankee pitching between the two games today.
Nestor Cortes Jr. came in to pitch the eighth, which he worked flawlessly, but when he allowed all three of the batters to reach base off him in the ninth, Aaron Boone was forced to bring in Adam Ottavino to try to close out the game.
All told, the middle relied pitchers (Mantiply, Lail, and Cortes Jr.) worked seven innings allowing eight runs on eight hits and three walks. They combined for five strikeouts.
But the story was Gleyber Torres who once again stole the show and proved that he owns the Baltimore Orioles. Cracking two three-run homers, Torres has now hit a whopping 13 long balls against Baltimore this season, breaking Sammy Sosa’s record (for the divisional era) of 12 against a single opponent from 1998. Those home runs against the Orioles make up half of Gleyber’s 26 bombs on the season.
The 22-year-old star also made a stellar play in the field. On a soft grounder to the second baseman Breyvic Valera with a man on first, Torres received Valera’s toss with his bare hand before quickly snapping a throw to Mike Ford (who also homered tonight) at first base for the double play.
As stated above, Adam Ottavino came in to relieve Nestor Cortes Jr. in the ninth as Cortes had trouble retiring the Orioles. Trey Mancini actually came up as the tying run with two outs as the Yankees lead 11-8. Number 0 had other plans for Mancini, though, as he induced a pop-fly to Gardner in centerfield for the final out of the game.
Joe Mantiply was credited with the win, the first of his major league career. Prior to tonight, he had only logged 2.2 innings of work in the majors. Adam Ottavino was credited with the save after bailing out Cortes.
With two games left to play against Baltimore, the Yankees have won every single game against the Birds since dropping their first two contests of the season. That makes for 15 straight wins against Baltimore. Now 79-41, the Yankees are 38 games over .500, their highest mark of the season!