NEW YORK—After two days of rain, the Orioles played a doubleheader on Wednesday and suffered two defeats.
David Hess allowed four home runs in a 5-3 loss to the New York Yankees in Game 1. Andrew Cashner turned in another strong performance in the second game, allowing just four hits and two runs in six innings, but the Orioles lost, 3-1. Cashner struck out seven, and his fastball hit 96 mph.
The Orioles are 14-28 and have lost six of seven. They move on to Cleveland to begin a four-game series against the Indians on Thursday.
Cashner didn’t allow a hit until the third when D.J. LeMahieu lined a ball off the pitcher’s glove and wrist and reached on a single. Athletic trainer Brian Ebel and manager Brandon Hyde checked on Cashner, who threw one warmup pitch and said he was fine.
But, on the next pitch, Luke Voit doubled to score LeMahieu. Gleyber Torres led off the fourth with his third home run of the doubleheader, eighth of the season and sixth against the Orioles.
Yankees starter Domingo German gave up just one hit in the first four innings. Stevie Wilkerson and Rio Ruiz began the fifth inning with singles to right, and Wilkerson scored from third on Hanser Alberto’s sacrifice fly to center.
The Orioles had one more scoring opportunity against German in the seventh. Chris Davis and Ruiz singled, and Pedro Severino walked to load the bases, but Joey Rickard grounded out to end the inning.
“We just didn’t get the big hit tonight,” Wilkerson said. “We had some opportunities to do that and just didn’t get the job done.”
German, who’s 8-1, allowed a run on six hits, striking out eight.
Cashner was removed after six innings and 92 pitches. He’s 4-2 with a 4.10 ERA.
“I think I’ve got a good feel right now,” Cashner said. “I think it’s just a full mix of pitches. I’m really working on my curveball, so I think that’s a big part. I think it comes down to fastball command and working both sides of the plate.”
Shawn Armstrong gave up a run in the seventh on a double to Thairo Estrada, and Voit’s RBI single.
The Orioles were 0-for-5 with runners in scoring position in the first game and 0-for-8 in the second game.
“I think all teams kind of go through those struggles at times,” manager Brandon Hyde said.
“I think when you’re not scoring a ton of runs and you’re in that kind of a situation, it’s natural to press. Guys try to do too much maybe and try to score the guy instead of taking their at-bat. So, I just think we still have to continue to have a middle-of-the-field approach and be able to think through the big part of the field and not try to do too much when we have runners out there.”
Zack Britton and Aroldis Chapman worked the eighth and ninth for the Yankees in both games.
“We’re facing a pretty good pitching staff,” Hyde said. “We faced Britton twice in day and Chapman twice in a day. It doesn’t get much harder than that. We were in both games, a couple hits short. They hit a couple more home runs than we did in the first game and one more than we did in the second game. Yeah, we just came up a little short in both games.”