A sturdy gathering ventured to the Stadium on Monday evening for the opportunity of seeing a few lengthy balls from the Yankees’ two new prized lefty sluggers.
The most pleasure of the evening for the house crowd of practically 29,000 got here in the underside of the eighth inning, when the lopsided recreation was delayed for a number of minutes whereas the grounds crew tried to corral an elusive stray cat free on the warning monitor, prompting the followers to chant, “MVP” and “Let’s Go Cat.”
That was the peak of the cheer-worthy moments, nevertheless, as imported lefty Andrew Heaney grew to become the primary pitcher in Yankees historical past to permit 4 or extra house runs in his staff debut in a lackluster 7-1 loss to the AL-worst Orioles to open a seven-game house stand.
The Yankees (56-49) had received 5 of their earlier six on the street by a weekend sweep in Miami, however they managed solely two hits and went 0-for-11 with runners in scoring place in opposition to Baltimore starter Jorge Lopez — who entered with a 2-12 report and a 6.19 ERA — and three relievers in the Stadium debuts of deadline acquisitions of Anthony Rizzo and Joey Gallo.
Before the sport, supervisor Aaron Boone claimed he was “excited” to watch Heaney, who was 6-7 with a 5.42 ERA in 18 begins this season with the Angels earlier than arriving in a deadline deal for 2 minor league pitchers.
“We think we got a really good pitcher, a guy that we feel like is a guy that can really give us quality innings,” Boone stated. “We feel like you look at his peripherals this year, and they’re probably a lot better than even his ERA would suggest. But we think we got a really good pitcher and I’m looking forward to seeing him go out and make his first start for us and hopefully get this homestand off to a good start.”
Heaney adopted that script throughout an ideal first inning, drawing large cheers whereas he walked off the mound following a strikeout of No. 3 hitter Trey Mancini. Heaney posted one other zero regardless of a leadoff double by Ryan Mountcastle in the second, however Cedric Mullins and Austin Hays took him deep for back-to-back house runs one inning later for a 2-0 Baltimore lead.
Lopez clipped Rizzo with a pitch and walked Gallo in the primary, however Giancarlo Stanton bounced out to third to finish the inning. Lopez additionally walked two in the second, however DJ LeMahieu — beginning for the primary time since Thursday due to a triceps concern — grounded out to second to finish that risk.
Heaney surrendered two extra solo homers in the fourth, with Mountcastle and Ramon Urias each taking him deep to left for a 4-0 gap. It marked the primary time Heaney had allowed 4 house runs in one begin since August 2017, additionally in opposition to Baltimore.
“It ultimately comes down to things that we feel like we can potentially help him with, with his pitch sequencing and whether there are some delivery things to get into. We do feel like this is a guy who can really pitch and has a chance to be a really good starter for us,” Boone stated of Heaney. “We’re really excited that we were able to get him and add him to the mix. Obviously as we get into these final couple of months, to add that kind of depth of a guy that’s capable of giving quality innings is huge.”
Heaney was changed by Joely Rodriguez, who was acquired from the Rangers together with Gallo, to begin the fifth. The lefty reliever permitted two extra runs to rating in the sixth on sacrifice flies by Pedro Severino and Maikel Franco for a 6-1 recreation.
The Yankees plated a run with out managing successful in the fifth on walks to Gleyber Torres and Brett Gardner and a sac fly into foul territory by Rizzo. It was the previous Cub’s fourth RBI in 4 recreation for the reason that commerce. Gallo’s leadoff double in the sixth represented the primary hit of the evening for the Yankees.