Nightmare on Eutaw Street, Part I The baseball gods can be cruel sometimes. One day after arguably the Yankees most improbable win of the season, they lost in heartbreaking fashion to the Orioles in the first game of Friday's doubleheader.
After both teams were scoreless through nine innings, the Yankees struck first in extra innings when Chris Young hit a solo homer in the top of the 11th inning.
He is the first Yankee with a tie-breaking, extra-inning home run in 0-0 game on road since Cecil Fielder on Aug 2, 1996 at Kansas City, and the first to do that in the 11th inning or later since Bernie Allen on July 8, 1972 at Minnesota.
Combined with his walk-off homer on Thursday, Young became the first Yankee to hit go-ahead homers in ninth inning or later on consecutive days since Graig Nettles on April 20-21, 1974 against the Orioles.
The lead was short-lived, however, when Jimmy Paredes hit a bases-loaded double off Adam Warren in the bottom of the 11th to give the Orioles the walk-off win. Warren has now been the losing pitcher in four Yankee walk-off losses this season, the most such losses in a season by any Yankee since Dave Righetti also had four in 1989.
Nightmare on Eutaw Street, Part II If you thought the first game of Friday's doubleheader was bad... well, I hope you didn't watch the nightcap. The Yankees lost the second game, 5-0, and were swept in a doubleheader by the Orioles for the first time since September 24, 1984.
It was the first time they scored no more than one run combined in both games of any doubleheader since August 13, 1991 vs Royals, and the first time they did that on the road since July 31, 1966 at the White Sox.
Brett Gardner was one of two Yankees to reach scoring position, when he stole second base in the fourth inning. It was his 20th stolen base of the season, and the fifth time he has reached that milestone in a season in his career. The only other Yankees with at least five seasons of 20-plus steals are Rickey Henderson (5), Wid Conroy (6), Hal Chase (8), and Derek Jeter (8).
Rookies rule The Yankees bounced back from those two ugly losses to win on Saturday, 3-2, snapping their five-game losing streak against the O's.
Shane Greene pitched into the sixth inning while allowing only two runs and striking out nine batters, improving to 2-0 with a 1.42 ERA and 18 strikeouts against the Orioles this season.
He is the first Yankee with at least nine strikeouts in back-to-back games vs Orioles since Ron Guidry in 1979, and the first with that many strikeouts and no more than two runs allowed in consecutive games vs Orioles since Al Downing did so in 1967.
Greene's win was the 22nd by a Yankee rookie starter this season, the most wins in a single season by Yankee rookie starting pitchers since rookie rules were established in 1958. The previous record of 21 was set by the 1986 team.
Nightmare on Eutaw Street, Part III What goes around, comes around... The Yankees lost again in walk-off fashion in the series finale on Sunday night, 2-1, and the game-winning hit was delivered by former Yankee Kelly Johnson in the bottom of the ninth inning.
This was the third time the Yankees lost via walk-off to the Orioles this year, the first time they've suffered three walk-off losses to the O's in a single season in the last 100 years.
Yankees finished with a 2-7 record in Baltimore, their most road losses to Orioles since they went 0-7 versus them in 1982.
Brian McCann had given the Yankees a 2-1 lead with a tie-breaking solo homer in the top of the ninth inning. It was his 20th homer of the season, making him the seventh catcher in MLB history with at least eight 20-homer seasons. The others are Carlton Fisk (8), Jorge Posada (8), Gary Carter (9), Yogi Berra (10), Johnny Bench (11), and Mike Piazza (11).
Dellin Betances struck out two batters in the eighth inning, giving him 130 strikeouts on the season. He is now tied with Mariano Rivera (1996) for the most strikeouts as a reliever in a single season in franchise history.