BALTIMORE – Gleyber Torres was absent from his favourite highway ballpark Friday, quarantining at Tampa, Fla., because of a constructive COVID check.
By late afternoon, Aaron Hicks was listed among the many Yankees’ reserves however unavailable to play, nursing a left wrist damage that may require surgical procedure.
And simply earlier than recreation time at Camden Yards, designated hitter Giancarlo Stanton was scratched from Aaron Boone’s lineup, because of a good left quad.
Left with a two-man bench, Boone picked Gio Urshela to pinch-hit in a crucial late-game spot. And the supervisor picked appropriately.
After fouling off 4 pitches, Urshela’s go-ahead, three-run homer off reliever Travis Lakins lifted the Yankees to a 5-4 win in opposition to the Orioles earlier than 10,809 followers.
“Simply making an attempt to be prepared for that chance,’’ mentioned Urshela, who took swings and watched video of Baltimore’s relievers earlier than his seventh-inning at-bat.
Urshela was additionally coping with the lingering results of a stiff left knee, although “I felt so much higher’’ Friday following pregame remedy.
In his first two at-bats Friday, Aaron Decide belted solo house runs – his ninth and tenth of the yr – off O’s starter Dean Kremer.
And the Yanks (21-17) overcame one other baserunning blunder by Clint Frazier and a three-run fifth inning by the Orioles (16-22) aided by Tyler Wade’s fielding miscue.
After the sport, Boone mentioned that Stanton may require “a pair days” to treatment “a bit of little bit of” quad tightness.
The difficulty first surfaced throughout a Thursday evening at-bat at Tampa Bay and lingered into Friday’s pregame.
Hicks is coping with a torn tendon sheath and had the potential to overlook just a few months if his wrist didn’t reply to relaxation and drugs.
At the very least Torres had the potential to “be again actual quickly,’’ Boone mentioned, giving the impression that one other unfavorable check or two might hasten the shortstop’s return.
Falling behind, getting forward
Yankees starter Corey Kluber had a blended efficiency, yielding 4 runs over six innings and surrendering a solo homer to Austin Hays.
He might need had a greater destiny had Wade, beginning at shortstop once more for Torres, not dropped Decide’s relay from proper subject to open the fifth inning.
As a substitute of being tagged out at second, D.J. Stewart had a double as Wade didn’t catch Decide’s correct throw.
Kluber gave up three extra hits, capped by Trey Mancini’s RBI single, placing Baltimore up 4-2 (and ending the inning, as Decide relayed to DJ LeMahieu, nailing Hays on the plate.
However within the seventh, in opposition to Baltimore’s bullpen, Miguel Andujar snapped a private 0-for-15 with a one-out single, Kyle Higashioka walked.
Batting for Wade, Urshela drilled a 2-and-2 pitch out to heart for his second profession pinch-hit homer, giving the Yanks a 5-4 lead.
“Glad I had that sitting over there tonight as a weapon,” Boone mentioned. “I used to be assured he could possibly be a participant for us tonight and he was able to go.”
Chad Inexperienced, Wandy Peralta and Jonathan Loaisiga closed it out, with nearer Aroldis Chapman being held out a second straight evening because of his latest workload.
Chapman had made 4 appearances in 5 days by Wednesday.
Frazier’s second baserunning blunder at Baltimore in two weeks helped to defuse a possible Yankees rally within the fourth.
And it robbed Brett Gardner of a badly-needed base hit.
After Decide led off the inning along with his second homer of the evening, for a 2-1 Yankees lead, Frazier’s one-out single was adopted by a sinking liner by Gardner that dropped into left subject.
Solely, Frazier went again to first base, with Gardner standing on the bag.
“(Frazier) simply thought he caught it…and began to retreat,” Boone mentioned. “Simply didn’t see it correctly.”
Left fielder Austin Hays relayed to second base for the simple drive out.
On April 28 at Camden Yards, Frazier tried to advance from second base on a grounder to shortstop with none out and was simply thrown out at third.
Gardner (0-for-4) is in a 6-for-55 slide (.109) unable to get any traction to date this season.
“Bodily, I’m wholesome. I really feel good. I’m seeing the ball effectively,’’ Gardner mentioned earlier than the sport. “I really feel like I’ve taken some higher swings lately.
“Haven’t gotten many outcomes however I really feel like I’m in a reasonably good place,’’ mentioned Gardner, including he’s reviewed extra video recently of his at-bats. “May very well be only a timing factor.’’
Pete Caldera is the Yankees beat author for NorthJersey.com. For limitless entry to all Yankees evaluation, information, trades and extra, please subscribe at this time and download our app.