Baltimore Orioles

Two Mark Trumbo homers lift Orioles over slumping Yankees

Outfielder Mark Trumbo hit a pair of home runs to give him eight on the season and lead the way for a 4-1 Orioles win over the struggling New York Yankees before an announced 16,083 at Camden Yards on Tuesday.
Trumbo, whose two-home run inning on April 15 in Texas represents the high-water mark of the Orioles' prodigious power this season, had just one home run since then. But to lead off the second inning he rocketed a ball well into the left-field seats for a solo home run that erased an early Orioles deficit, and then skied one in the fifth inning that just made it over the left-field fence to score two more runs.

The 30-year-old outfielder said his first month-plus with the Orioles has "been a lot of fun."

"At-bat wise, I think I've done kind of what I was hoping to do," he said. "There's still a number of things I'd like to accomplish as we go and shore up a few mechanical things. But as far as the numbers themselves go, I think that it's all I can ask for."

He now leads the Orioles with eight home runs and 21 RBIs, and is batting .337.

The four runs were plenty for Orioles starter Chris Tillman, who scattered five hits in seven innings and picked up his third win of the young season.

Tillman rides the slide:
Tillman wasn't at his sharpest Tuesday, issuing four walks but striking out six while relying heavily on his new slider/cutter as a two-strike pitch. But he got better as the game on, punctuated by a 14-pitch seventh inning that he began with 96 pitches and finished on a 94 mile-per-hour cutter for his ninth strikeout of the day and third straight that inning.
Tillman now has a 2.81 ERA in six starts.
Save for O'Day: With closer Zach Britton nursing a sprained left ankle, it was Brad Brach pitching the eighth inning and Darren O'Day coming in for the ninth. O'Day allowed a leadoff single to Carlos Beltran, but got out unscathed for his second save of the year.

Eye on the ball
: Twice in the first four innings, Yankees starter Luis Severino muffed an on-target flip at first base from Mark Teixeira. The first was ultimately harmless, when in searching for the bag on a ground ball by Orioles left fielder Joey Rickard, Severino took his eye off the ball and dropped it. On the next pitch, shortstop Manny Machado popped out to end the inning.
But in the fourth, after a two-out double down the right field line by second baseman Jonathan Schoop, Severino again had a ball bounce out of his glove. Third baseman Ryan Flaherty was safe at first, and Schoop scored to put the Orioles up 2-1.
Mixed bag for Manny: Put him wherever you want, and Machado will deliver a play few others at his position will make. His fifth-inning play in the hole by second base, when he spun and made a perfect one-hop throw, showed that.
But there's also growing to do at shortstop, as when he seemed to misjudge a foul ball in short left field earlier that inning, and on the basepaths, as when he was thrown out going to third base on a ground ball in front of him after a double to lead off the fifth inning. Machado has now made three outs at third base in questionable circumstances this season.