BALTIMORE No matter how horrid the Baltimore Orioles are against most every baseball team, and they've been a terrible last-place ballclub every year since 2017, they sure have given the Yankees the honors.
Last year, the O's were a handful beating the Yankees eight times in 19 games, losing 110 points, and they were again tough in the first meeting of 2022 at Oriole Park.
This time, the Yankees squandered scoring opportunities all night long and lost 2-1 in 11 innings when Aroldis Chapman marched in the winning run.
Clarke Schmidt finished the 11th after pitching a scoreless 10th and retired leadoff hitter Jorge Mateo on a liner to shorten with the ghost runner on second, then walking Anthony Bemboon and Kelvin Gutierrez in a row to complete the bases with one out.
That's when manager Aaron Boone called on Chapman, who faced three batters and walked them all Thursday night in a save situation. Michael King rescued Chapman in that game to keep his Yankees victory going, but there was no room for error this time.
Chapman's performance initially was significantly improved, as he spelled out Cedric Mullins on four pitches for the second out, ahead of Ramon Urias 0-2.
Chapman's next four pitches were off the plate, with a couple of close ones, and Urias had a walk-off walk that gave the Orioles a second win this season in seven attempts. Boone was disgusted with plate umpire Tom Hallion's strike zone against the Urias at-bat, but was ejected after the game.
When leadoff hitter Giancarlo Stanton scored a single to free the Yanks from the game, but Rizzo was ruled out, and Stanton took the first game scored a single, then Joey Gallo was tagged out by the catcher following his squibbler.
In a game that took four hours and 15 minutes, the Yankees managed only one run on seven hits against six Orioles pitchers.
In the 10th, neither team scored, with fan runner Aaron Hicks on second base. Pinch-hitting for Isiah Kiner-Falefa and Aaron Judge bounced to third, then Marwin Gonzalez struck out looking for Kyle Higashioka and Rizzo went down swinging.
Schmidt finished the final out on a grounder and finished with two runners in the scoring position from there.
The Yankees beat Giancarlo Stanton in the second inning, then it remained a 1-0 ballgame until the seventh when the Mateo tied a game-tying hit off a lefty reliever.
Austin Hays led off the home seventh with a double to right, then took third Higashioka's first passed ball. Mateo then rolled a hit to the left field that plated a run and turned into a big first out.
Mateo, a former Yankees forward, was dropped out of the game after stealing 82 bases in A-ball in 2015, but was thrown out at the second base by Joey Gallo, who made a decent play getting to the ball quickly and an even better solid, on-target throw.
Higashioka walked with a double to clear off the Orioles starter after Opening Day. Rizzo's groundout saved Higashioka's first base, then Stanton got a hit for his seventh RBI in eight games.
The Yankees' battered several great scoring opportunities in the first inning when Rizzo was struck by a pitch and Stanton was followed with a single to center, with the threat ending on a two-out and two-out groundout by DJ LeMahieu.
LeMahieu made a nice play on a one-on, nobody-out-out bunt after a replay review.
In his first at-bat game against the Red Sox righty Nathan Eovaldi,Higashioka was hitless in 18 at-bats before his second-inning double. He finished the night 1-for-3, bringing him an.095 average.
Kiner-Falefa and Hicks sank in double plays, bringing the Yankees' total to nine pitchers.
After starting the Yankees' first seven games in a season-starting stretch of ten games in ten days, a judge was out of the lineup for the first time.
Saturday: Yankees at Orioles, 7:05 p.m., YES. RHP Jameson Taillon (0-1, 3.60) vs. RHP Tyler Wells (0-1, 21.60).
Sunday: Yankees at Orioles, 1:05 p.m., YES. LHP Nestor Cortes (0-0, 0.00) vs. LHP Bruce Zimmermann (0-0, 0.00).
Monday: Off duty.
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