O’s over­matched at Yan­kee Sta­dium

Mi­ley bat­tered by Yanks in 1st in­ning, end­ing stretch of strong starts by ro­ta­tion

Baltimore Sun - - SPORTS - By Ed­uardo A. Encina

NEW YORK – The Ori­oles’ start­ing ro­ta­tion seemed to have turned the cor­ner this week in Toronto, and even though the club dropped two of three at Rogers Cen­tre, it re­ceived solid start­ing pitch­ing in three one-run games.

But then the Ori­oles ar­rived in the Bronx, where Yan­kee Sta­dium’s typ­i­cal vol­ume was sub­dued early Thurs­day night by a mal­func­tion in the ball­park’s sound sys­tem, leav­ing them lis­ten­ing to only the crack of the Yan­kees’ bats bat­ter­ing left-han­der Wade Mi­ley for six runs in the bot­tom of the first in­ning. That led to a 13-5 de­feat, the lat­est in a string of lop­sided losses in New York.

Mi­ley (8-13) lasted just one-third of an in­ning, his short­est out­ing in 194 ma­jor league starts, pulled af­ter six of the seven bat­ters he faced came up with base hits.

The Ori­oles are still play­ing for an op­por­tu­nity to play in a win-or-go-home Amer­i­can League wild-card game, and in all like­li­hood — as their post­sea­son chances be­come more re­mote by the day — that game would in­volve a trip to Yan­kee Sta­dium.

If the Ori­oles’ games at Yan­kee Sta­dium this year — Thurs­day’s se­ries opener in­cluded — are any in­di­ca­tion, the Ori­oles have a bet­ter chance of win­ning on Mars.

Cer­tainly, the Yan­kees’ dom­i­na­tion of the Ori­oles (72-75) in New York this sea­son is out of this world.

The Yan­kees have scored more than twice as many runs as the Ori­oles in their past seven meet­ings in the Bronx, outscor­ing them 81-35.

The Ori­oles have dropped six of seven at Yan­kee Sta­dium, los­ing those six games by an av­er­age of 8.2 runs. The Yan­kees scored

in dou­ble dig­its in five of those wins.

That stretch in­cludes a three­game sweep in June in which the Ori­oles were outscored 38-8.

Mi­ley’s brief out­ing marked the fourth time in seven games in New York that the Ori­oles starters failed to get through four in­nings, and the sec­ond time a starter couldn’t get through the sec­ond in­ning.

Mi­ley was on the mound for the Ori­oles’ only win at Yan­kee Sta­dium this year, post­ing one of the team's bet­ter starts there — a five-in­ning, two-run out­ing in a 7-4 ex­tra-in­ning win on April 30.

He also had a 3.25 ERA in his eight starts com­ing into Thurs­day.

But on Thurs­day, he lasted just 19 pitches. The Yan­kees put their first three bat­ters of the in­ning on base and scored their first run af­ter just six pitches, when Gary Sánchez’s dou­ble drove in Jacoby Ells­bury.

Mi­ley’s high walks to­tal have been his buga­boo this sea­son — his 84 walks en­ter­ing Thurs­day were the most in the ma­jor leagues — but the Yan­kees didn’t feel the need to work any counts against the left-han­der, jump­ing on poorly ex­e­cuted pitches in the zone early on.

Mi­ley’s four-seam fast­ball, which av­er­ages nearly 92 mph, reached 90 mph just twice through his first 11 fast­balls. And once Todd Fra­zier hit a three-run homer over the cen­ter-field fence on a 3-1 92-mph fast­ball, man­ager Buck Showal­ter quickly jumped out of the dugout to pull Mi­ley in fa­vor of right- han­der Mike Wright.

Mi­ley’s six-run first in­ning wasn’t the first time the Ori­oles fell be­hind big at Yan­kee Sta­dium. In their past three games at the Yan­kees, the Ori­oles were outscored 17-0 in the open­ing frame.

In­clud­ing Mi­ley’s start, Ori­oles starters have a com­bined 13.50 ERA at Yan­kee Sta­dium this sea­son and have al­lowed 12 homers in 251⁄ in­nings.

The Ori­oles have al­lowed more homers at Yan­kee Sta­dium this sea­son than any op­pos­ing ball­park (26) — 17 more than any­where else. For em­pha­sis, Aaron Judge hit his 10th and 11th homers against the Ori­oles this sea­son through the first six in­nings. He has no more than six against any other op­po­nent.

Back in June, the Yan­kees’ three-game sweep of the Ori­oles served as an in­di­ca­tor of how far apart the two teams were at the time. This se­ries could be a re­minder of that, and by the end, could be the knock­out blow to all but math­e­mat­i­cally end the Ori­oles’ play­off hopes.


Ori­oles start­ing pitcher Wade Mi­ley leaves the game af­ter record­ing just one out in the first in­ning against the host Yan­kees. He sur­ren­dered six runs on six hits.

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