Sonny Gray imploded once again as the Yankees couldn't claw back into this one, losing 7-5 to the Orioles in the Bronx. >> Box score
Things to know about tonight's game
1) It's the same story over and over again with Gray. After tossing a great outing in his last start, he took the Yankee Stadium mound on Wednesday and threw a dud. He allowed seven runs on eight hits over 2.2 innings against an Orioles offense he dominated just a few weeks back. As fans booed him off the mound, you got to wonder what the Yankees are thinking of doing with Gray down the road.
2) One reason why the Yankees may want to congregate about Gray's next start is due to Lance Lynn's first outing with the Yankees today. Lynn, who Boone said would work out of the bullpen, threw 4.1 innings of shutout baseball. He allowed five hits while striking out five and walking none in his debut. Lynn has been a starter all season with the Twins, and after an outing like this, maybe he and Gray can switch spots.
3) At least Gleyber Torres hasn't lost a step since returning from a short DL stint. Torres went yard twice today, accounting for three of the Yankees' five runs. But the bigger story was the Yankees' offense once again leaving runners on base -- 10 to be exact. That's not going to get the job done.
Highlights from today's game
Hmm, what should we talk about?
Sonny Gray? Lance Lynn? Aaron Boone? More ineptitude (besides Gleyber Torres) at the plate? Let's very quickly hit it all.
Gray began to turn the corner, but the Orioles -- yes the worst team in the game -- scared him back into his hole. He once again put the Yankees in a huge deficit and his performance today might be the last start he makes for a bit (or at all) with the addition of Lynn to the roster.
Lynn, who barely had his stirrups on for 10 minutes, found himself in the ballgame by the third inning and did a fine job holding the Orioles to zero runs in 4 1/3 innings. However, the call to Lynn was late as Boone continues to wait too long to make moves to the bullpen.
Finally, the Yanks had a slew of offensive chances, twice failing to build strong rallies with the bases loaded. The Yankees stranded 10 runners in all, but imagine if they came through on one of those chances after Torres' second home run of the game cut the Orioles' lead to two.
The performance was sloppy across the board to the point that third base coach Phil Nevin was seen screaming at the players in the Yankees' dugout. Isn't that something the manager should do? Nope, apparently not this one.
The Yankees travel to Boston for a big series with the Red Sox, beginning Thursday at 7:10 p.m. CC Sabathia will get the ball and face Brian Johnson, who gets the spot start in place of Chris Sale.