Yankees 0-2 Orioles: Schmidt solid, but Bronx Bombers’ offense sputters in opener loss in Baltimore

Yankees pitcher Clarke Schmidt (36) throws a third inning pitch against the Baltimore Orioles 7 Yankees pitcher Clarke Schmidt (36) throws a third inning pitch against the Baltimore Orioles.
Amanda Paula
Monday April 29, 2024

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New York Yankees 0-2 Baltimore Orioles

During the latest performance, there was a certain expectation regarding whether the New York Yankees would maintain their hot streak with another win. However, life isn’t all sunshine and rainbows, and this time, the Yankees could not maintain their best performance and suffered another defeat, this time by a small margin of 0-2 in their first meeting of the Series against the Baltimore Orioles  at Candem Park

Therefore, with this first meeting ending in favor of the Orioles, the American League’s standing sees them leading the first spot, ahead of the Yankees in second place. The Orioles secured their position with a 6-4 victory, tallying 1153 runs and allowing 117, resulting in a differential of +36.

How it happened

New York Yankees pitcher Clarke Schmidt (36) twos a second inning pitch against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards
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As mentioned earlier, the Baltimore Orioles handed the Yankees a 2-0 defeat in their first clash of the season at Camden Yards on Monday night. But, despite this pivotal early week when the American League’s powerhouses were squaring off to see who would lead the standings, the game already had some drama even before it began.

Despite Clarke Schmidt’s solid five innings on the mound, highlighted by settling in after giving up a leadoff homer to Gunnar Henderson in the first inning, the Yankees couldn’t muster enough offense to make a difference. 

Hours before the game, the Bronx Bombers announced that Aaron Judge would play as a left fielder for the first time in his career. However, to make matters worse, on the same day, Alex Verdugo, one of the Yankees’ standout players from last weekend, was placed on the paternity list. Despite these setbacks, the Yankees entered the game at a disadvantage, but this doesn’t excuse the scrutiny they faced. 

Schmidt faced trouble in the fifth inning, with Baltimore threatening with runners in scoring position, but he managed to escape with minimal damage. After striking out Anthony Santander in the sixth, he was relieved by Dennis Santana, ending his night with one run allowed on three hits, walking three, and striking out five.

The Yankees made several attempts to break through against Orioles starter Grayson Rodriguez, collecting five hits and three walks, but couldn’t capitalize on scoring opportunities. Clay Holmes nearly navigated out of a jam in the eighth inning, but a defensive error allowed the Orioles to extend their lead.

Gleyber Torres sparked hope with a leadoff single in the ninth, but the Yankees failed to capitalize, ultimately stranding seven runners and going 0-for-8 with runners in scoring position. Aaron Judge made his first career start in left field, adapting well defensively, while Austin Wells continued his recent improvement, reaching base twice.

Gunnar Henderson’s first-inning homer proved to be the pivotal moment, earning him MVP honors for the game.


Upcoming game

Looking ahead, Nestor Cortes is set to take on Dean Kremer as the Yankees and Orioles continue their series on Tuesday at 6:35 p.m.

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