BALTIMORE — Dellin Betances was just one pitch away from a save and a win for the Yankees on Tuesday night. But unfortunately for Betances, and the Yankees, he had to throw that pitch to Manny Machado, one of the hottest hitters in baseball.
Machado won the showdown with a game-ending, two-out, two-run home run as the Baltimore Orioles beat the Yankees, 7-6, on a long night at Camden Yards. The game ended well after midnight because of a rain delay that pushed back the first pitch by 2 hours and 14 minutes.
Machado’s home run, his second of the game and his 32nd of the season, futhered his momentum after a strong August that earned him the American League Player of the Month Award.
The Yankees were dealt another blow about 25 minutes after their game ended, when the Boston Red Sox completed a 3-2 win over the Toronto Blue Jays in the 19th inning at Fenway Park. That victory increased Boston’s lead over the Yankees in the A.L. East to three and a half games.
The Yankees and the Red Sox are not scheduled to each other again in the regular season, but the pennant race and the rivalry has heated up, in no small part because the Red Sox were said to have been caught using electronic devices to illegally steal signs against the Yankees.
But the Yankees have also applied pressure on the field, cutting into their divisional deficit in the final month of the season. But Tuesday night’s loss was a setback.
The Yankees at one point led by 6-1, having scored all of their runs in the third inning, but Baltimore drew within a run in the sixth on a two-run home run by Mark Trumbo, the 200th of his career, off starter C. C. Sabathia. The Yankees’ bullpen, including Tommy Kahnle, David Robertson and Aroldis Chapman, held the lead until the ninth.
The Orioles had two outs in the bottom of the ninth when Betances walked Tim Beckham on a close 3-1 pitch. That brought Machado, who had homered in the third inning, to the plate.
Betances threw mostly breaking balls in this outing because, he said after the game, he was not happy with his fastball. But he but added that the pitch selection was not the problem. It was the poor quality of the offering. And Machado took advantage.
“It wasn’t a good pitch,” Betances said. “A breaking ball that didn’t break. If that doesn’t happen, I don’t think we’re really talking about not throwing as many fastballs. That one just didn’t do anything and he was able to punish it.”
Published at Wed, 06 Sep 2017 07:08:40 +0000