Yankees 5-17 Orioles: New York’s struggles continue with heavy loss to Baltimore

Luis Gil in action between yankees vs. orioles, on june 20, 2024
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New York Yankees 5-17 Baltimore Orioles

The New York Yankees dropped the series finale against the Baltimore Orioles in a lopsided 17-5 defeat on Thursday night.

Despite the loss, the Yankees continue to lead the American League standings with a record of 51-26, just ahead of the Orioles, who improved to 49-25.

How it happened

Yankees' superstar Juan Soto during the game against Baltimore Orioles, on June 20, 2024
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Rookie sensation Luis Gil took the mound for the Yankees, but struggled significantly. His first pitch, a 96 mph fastball, was hit for a leadoff double by Gunnar Henderson, setting the tone for a rough outing. Gil was unable to escape the second inning, giving up six runs and pushing his ERA from 2.03 to 2.77.

The Yankees‘ bullpen, already taxed from a 10-inning game the night before, had to cover 7.2 innings and didn’t fare much better. They surrendered nine runs (six earned) on 10 hits and four walks. Even catcher Jose Trevino was called upon to pitch the ninth inning, allowing one run. Newly signed reliever Tim Hill struggled in his debut, giving up three unearned runs on a home run by Anthony Santander.

Defensive miscues added to the Yankees’ woes, with the team committing three errors. Gleyber Torres exited the game due to groin tightness, adding to the Yankees’ injury concerns.

Aaron Judge provided a highlight for New York, going 2-for-3 with a home run in his return to the lineup. However, his efforts were overshadowed by the Orioles’ offensive onslaught, which included 19 hits. Gunnar Henderson had a standout performance, reaching base four times with three hits and two doubles.

Standings

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Looking ahead, the Yankees will seek bullpen reinforcements as they prepare to face the Atlanta Braves next Friday at 7:05 PM EST.

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