The ball not being where you wanted it could be the theme for the first few innings of this game.
Both Aaron Judge and Gleyber Torres were hit by pitches in the top of the first inning. Judge was barely grazed, but Torres was in some pain from the contact just above his right elbow. The ball continued to get away from John Means until Luke Voit hit a grand slam, bringing the score to 5-0 in favor of the visiting team by the end of the top half of the inning.
The Orioles would battle back, adding two runs in each of the first two innings. The score now 5-4, still in favor of the Yankees.
Gary Sanchez would get hit by a pitch in the fourth. And unfortunately, Torres came out of the game during the inning as well, replaced by Tyler Wade.
The Yankees tweeted the following during the hour and a half rain delay that paused the game in the middle of the sixth.
INF Gleyber Torres (hit by a pitch in the top of the first inning and substituted defensively when the Yankees took the field in the bottom of the fourth) was removed from the game with a right elbow contusion. X-rays taken at Oriole Park at Camden Yards were negative.
— New York Yankees (@Yankees) July 31, 2020
The game resumed once the bulk of the storm passed with Jonathan Loaisiga taking the ball for the Yankees. He’d walk his first two batters, but would get a strikeout and double play to end the Orioles chances at a comeback that inning. He wasn’t that lucky in the eighth, hitting Anthony Santander followed by a allowing a home run to Pedro Severino. Orioles go ahead 6-5, threatening to snap their losing streak against New York..
But that lead was short lived. Gio Urshela walked, Mike Tauchman flew out, and DJ LeMahieu singled to set up Aaron Judge. Judge was 0 for when he hit the home run which would put the Yankees back on top, leaving the Orioles with three out to find at least 2 runs. They were unable to against Zack Britton, who notched strikeout number 500 in the inning.
Yankees win 8-6. They head home to the Bronx to take on the Red Sox at Yankee Stadium.
The Orioles host the Tampa Bay Rays.