Yankees 2-7 Orioles: Carlos Rodon allows 7 runs, and Bronx Bombers’ offense sputters in loss

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New York Yankees 2-7 Baltimore Orioles

In Thursday’s pivotal showdown between the New York Yankees and the Baltimore Orioles, the stakes went beyond the mere outcome of the series. Unfortunately for the Yankees, their hopes were dashed as they were handed a resounding defeat with a final score of 7-2 this past evening.

Following a rebound victory on Wednesday, they had surged back to a tie atop the AL East. The team emerging victorious in this final showdown would seize early control of the division. Unfortunately for the Yankees, it wasn’t to be their day, as Baltimore clinched the lead.

Yankees stumble as Carlos Rodon falters, bats stay cold in 7-2 loss to Orioles

Carlos Rodon, player of the new york yankees

Despite a promising start by Yankees’ starter Carlos Rodon, who held strong in the initial innings, he struggled later on, conceding several home runs and hard hits, marking perhaps his toughest outing of the season. Concurrently, the Yankees’ batting lineup remained mired in a slump, mustering only two runs from six hits against Kyle Bradish, who returned to the Orioles’ roster. Consequently, the Orioles clinched a 7-2 victory in the series finale, reclaiming their lead in the AL East.

After both teams squandered early scoring opportunities, the Yankees drew first blood in the third inning. Anthony Volpe, despite a lukewarm series performance, kickstarted the inning with a double down the third base line. Two batters later, Anthony Rizzo’s single to left field allowed the speedy Volpe to dash home, although aided by a subpar throw.

However, the Orioles swiftly responded in the bottom of the inning, with Ryan Mountcastle sending a Rodón pitch soaring over center field, leveling the score. In the subsequent inning, former Yankee prospect Jorge Mateo added another solo homer, followed by Ryan McKenna’s solo shot.

The game slipped further from the Yankees‘ grasp in the fifth inning. Hits from Adley Rutschman and Mountcastle set the stage for Santander, whose ground ball to Anthony Volpe initiated a fielding error, prolonging the inning. This blunder proved costly as Jordan Westburg’s triple forced Rodon’s exit from the mound. Rodon’s final line read seven runs (six earned) from eight hits across four innings, a stark contrast to his promising start.

Though the Yankees managed to snag a run back in the sixth inning courtesy of Gleyber Torres’ home run, their hopes of a comeback were dashed. Despite sturdy relief performances from Ron Marinaccio and Michael Tonkin, the Orioles’ lead remained intact. The Yankees’ last glimmer of hope fizzled out with an Oswaldo Cabrera double play.


The Yankees' lineup against the Baltimore Orioles, on May 2, 2024

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With the series loss, the Yankees now find themselves trailing behind Baltimore in second place. Their focus now shifts to their upcoming home series against the Tigers, with Marcus Stroman and Reese Olson slated to start in the opener at 7:05pm ET tomorrow night.

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