Harvey hurts knee, leaves after 4; Yankees score 10 to beat Orioles; Defense falters - BaltimoreBaseball.com

Rich Dubroff

Harvey hurts knee, leaves after 4; Yankees score 10 to beat Orioles; Defense falters

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NEW YORK—The Orioles and Yankees were tied 3-3 heading to the seventh, Baltimore having already spotted New York a run with poor defense in the fourth. Then, walks and more shoddy defense led to a five-run inning, and the Orioles, who once led 3-0, watched New York run away to a 10-3 victory before 30,055 at Yankee Stadium on Wednesday night.

The Orioles (38-69), who played what manager Brandon Hyde said was their “most complete game” on Monday night, came apart completely in the final two games and were outscored by New York, 23-4.

Starting pitcher Matt Harvey, who hadn’t given up a run in 18 1/3 innings, extended that streak until the fourth but was forced to leave the game because of a right knee injury. Harvey said he tweaked the knee when Gleyber Torres grounded back to him to end the second.

“It was nothing serious,” Harvey said. In the fourth inning, he tried to cover first base when the Orioles tried to turn a double play on Joey Gallo’s grounder to Ryan Mountcastle.

“Going forward in the outing, I felt like I couldn’t quite push off the rubber and stay in my mechanics the way I needed to, especially against a lineup like that. I was trying to push through it, trying to get through at least five. They could tell I was in a little bit of pain.

“I felt so good early in the outing, and then that happened. I wanted to keep us in the game longer and keep the bullpen from being used, and pretty frustrated with that.”

Hyde said he thought Harvey would be able to make his next start with the help of days off on Thursday and Monday.

Cedric Mullins led off the first with a single, extending his hitting streak to 13 games. Ramón Urías singled to left and, after Mullins took third, Urías got to second on an error by Gallo. After Trey Mancini struck out, Mountcastle flew out to Aaron Judge in right.

Mullins tagged and slid home just ahead of Judge’s strong throw. Austin Hays dropped a single in front of Gallo in left, and Urías scored for a 2-0 lead.

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Mountcastle hit his 19th home run in the fourth against Jameson Taillon to give the Orioles a 3-0 lead.

With one out in the fourth, Rizzo ended Harvey’s streak with a home run to right field, his 17th.

Judge followed with towering fly to shallow right field that appeared as if it would be the second out. However, Urias, playing second base, was in the shift and closer to second, Mountcastle didn’t pursue the ball and DJ Stewart couldn’t get in from right field in time as the ball dropped for a single. Judge also thought it would be caught because he wasn’t running.

Gallo hit into the force play, which would have been the third out. Giancarlo Stanton walked, and Torres singled to right to score Gallo. The Orioles’ lead was down to 3-2 and Harvey was out of the game.

“I got right in and iced it and put some compression on it,” he said. “I don’t think it’s serious at all.”

César Valdez replaced Harvey for the fifth and allowed a leadoff double to Kyle Higashioka, who advanced to third on Brett Gardner’s grounder to first. DJ LeMahieu’s single scored Higashioka to tie the score at 3.

Cole Sulser (3-2) pitched a scoreless sixth but began the seventh by walking Higashioka. Paul Fry was summoned and walked pinch-hitter Gary Sánchez. LeMahieu smacked a ball that went through Fry’s legs and off Urías’ glove at second, scoring Higashioka to give New York (58-49)  a 4-3 lead.

After Rizzo flied to left, Dillon Tate struck out Judge but walked Gallo to load the bases.

He then appeared to retire Stanton on another fly to short right field, although this one was more toward the line.  Mountcastle tried to run it down but it was just beyond his reach. Stewart got a late jump and wasn’t in position to catch it. The short fly resulted in a three-run double and a 7-3 lead.

“I just had to put my head down and run and, unfortunately, I couldn’t get there,” Mountcastle said. “That’s baseball. You hit it in the right spot at the right time. It’s unfortunate.

“They were hitting them in the right spots at the right times. It’s a tough place to play. It was a little windy today.”

Torres followed with a double to make 8-3.

“We didn’t play our best defense tonight,” Hyde said. “It’s a 3-3 game in the seventh inning. You walk a bottom-of-the-order guy and you walk another guy. Tough time against this type of lineup to allow free passes. Tonight we allowed extra runners and runs to score on balls that fell. It’s really hard to recover against a lineup like this.”

Jonathan Loaisiga (8-4) recorded two outs in the seventh in relief of Taillon.

The Orioles’ misfortunes continued in the eighth when, trailing by five runs, Mullins decided to try for a double but was thrown out at second by Judge.

Dusten Knight, who was making his major league debut, allowed two runs in the eighth on a double by LeMahieu.

Richie Martin played shortstop and made a sensational play on a ground ball by Judge in the fifth, catching the ball going far to his right and throwing out Judge from short left field.

Notes: John Means (5-3, 2.84 ERA) will face Ryan Yarbrough (6-4, 4.58) on Friday night as the Orioles begin a three-game home series against the Tampa Bay Rays. … Mancini struck out three times, and he’s 0-for-16.

Minor league update: Kyle Brnovich (0-1) allowed three runs in four innings as Double-A Bowie lost to Somerset, 6-2.

Adley Rutschman, playing first base, had two hits and rightfielder Yusniel Diaz, doubled in three at-bats in his rehab assignment.

Connor Loeprich pitched five scoreless innings, allowing three hits, as High-A Aberdeen lost to Jersey Shore, 2-1.

Kade Strowd (0-3) allowed a run in the sixth and seventh.

Designated hitter J.D. Mundy had two hits.

Shortstop Darell Hernaiz hit a two-run home run, his fifth, as Low-A Delmarva beat Down East, 5-3.

Triple-A Norfolk’s doubleheader with Jacksonville was postponed by rain.

Call for questions: I’ll be answering your Orioles questions later this week. Please leave them in the comment box or email them to: [email protected].

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10 Comments

10 Comments

  1. Orial

    August 5, 2021 at 8:57 am

    Tough one about Harvey. Fingers crossed. Will the O’s ever have a reliever(in this case Knight)called up and pitch 1-2-3 in their first outing? Seems a prerequisite that they give up a run or two. God bless DJ in RF but how long can this go on? Again that leadoff walk(Sulser in the 7th). That bloop,3 run scoring hit to right in the 7th brought back memories of that Toronto fiasco 2 months ago. Fry was was instrumental in that too. Speaking of Fry what he did last night was the O’s bullpen in a nutshell–looking great until you REALLY need them. Well on we go with the drudgery laced with a few positive moments. That’s Orioles baseball I guess.

  2. Nellie

    August 5, 2021 at 8:57 am

    Good move by Harvey. Why would anyone want to pitch with that horrid defense on the right side behind him?

  3. Orioles20

    August 5, 2021 at 9:37 am

    Last night is the perfect example of Hyde’s inability to manage late in games. Instead of just giving sulser an inning he tries to get another inning out of him. Then brings Fry in in a jam and expects him to pitch good. And why was Stewart not pinch ran for? McKenna probably makes that play that was just out of the reach of mountcastle because of his speed. Then he kicked it to the well. There was also a play where Urias pulled up because Stewart was charging at him. I’m sorry but Stewart provides no value to this team. He’s about unathletic as it gets. Also why is Valdez still on the team? It’s time to make changes to the roster. You can’t keep playing guys that constantly do bad or screwup.

    • Jack Gibbons

      August 5, 2021 at 10:33 am

      Was surprised Hyde didn’t pinch-run McKenna for Stewart in the top of the seventh after Stewart had walked and reached second on Severino’s single. At that point, he represented the tying run. Then McKenna would have been in right field in the bottom of the inning when Stanton’s bloop fell for a three-run double.

    • Icterus fan

      August 5, 2021 at 4:55 pm

      We’ve been beating the drum on Stewart for 1.5 years, and he’s still here. Injury prone, streaky, weak defensively and good at clocking catchers on the head with his backswing. Check, got it. He’s still employed. Head scratcher for sure.

      As to bringing Fry in, I have no problem with it. On a crap, bottom dwelling, disaster team like ours, his numbers aren’t awful (yeah, he’s not Tippy Martinez), plus what else is Hyde supposed to do? The cupboard is bare.

      Fry has appeared in 43 games and has a W-L record of 4-3. His ERA is 3.64 and in 42 innings he has struck out 57 batters.

  4. dlgruber1

    August 5, 2021 at 9:53 am

    I gotta admit I was hoping for the O’s to win the series just to read the comments by Yankees fans on their sites. They don’t believe the Yanks should EVER lose, but when it’s to the lowly Orioles, well, let’s just say it gets pretty ugly. Of course I would never dream of adding a comment of my own to really draw out more ire.

  5. Bhoffman1

    August 5, 2021 at 11:54 am

    DJ should never be in the field period plus he’s not a good enough hitter to DH.

  6. Hallbe62

    August 5, 2021 at 11:55 am

    Mountcastle and Stewart will never be confused with an mlb caliber defensive glove

  7. BirdsCaps

    August 5, 2021 at 12:35 pm

    I may have asked this earlier in the week(apologies if it is a repost), but will we see any significant call ups later in the year? I’d like to get a glimpse into the future. Furthermore, what are the long term plans for Stewart? Neither his bat or glove are impressive, but I don’t think they want to give up on a first rounder. Furthermore, what are the likely solutions for the defense? I can’t help but think that this falls largely on Hyde and the coaches.

    • Buzz1979

      August 5, 2021 at 1:20 pm

      Bring Valdez in to protect a 1 run lead??? Screams TANK! I think we’ve seen enough of Stewart.

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