The Yankees beat the Orioles, 6-4, at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on Saturday night. >> Box score
Five things to know about Saturday's game..
1) Trying to make up for a poor first start of the season, J.A. Happ hurled just 4.1 innings of two-run ball. Happ allowed five hits, walked two and struck out five. He got stronger as the game moved along, only having trouble with Trey Mancini (homer and a double) along the way. Unfortunately, that was enough for Yankees manager Aaron Boone to remove the left-hander when Mancini stepped to the plate for the third time in the fifth inning. Happ is being relied on to log innings and he has failed to do so thus far this season.
2) After racking up a disturbing number of strikeouts (14) over the first seven games, Aaron Judge crushed with two long home runs -- the first bombs of his season. Judge drove in three runs, which doubled his season output.
3) The Yankees had a great chance to blow this game wide open in the top of the sixth inning when they loaded the bases with no outs. But Gary Sanchez was picked off third base, Clint Frazier struck out and Gio Urshela grounded out to snuff the inning. The Bombers have been failing with runners in scoring position for most of the season, but this was the worst occurrence of failure thus far.
4) New York is going to have to figure out how best to deploy their bullpen and avoid the seemingly overwhelming desire to steal outs late in games, which dates back to last season. The Yankees tried to get Jonathan Holder to get through part of a third frame and it didn't work as he was charged with two runs, which temporarily gave the Orioles the lead.
5) In the eighth inning, with two outs and runners at the corners, Frazier unloaded on a hanging slider into the left field seats to put the Yanks up, 6-4. Frazier, who battled the after-effects of a concussion for much of 2018, is going to get some extra playing time with Aaron Hicks on the injured list. The home run was Frazier's first homer in the big leagues since July 28, 2017.
The Yankees wrap up their series with the Orioles on Sunday at 1:05 p.m.
RHP Domingo German gets the start for the Yanks, opposed by O's RHP David Hess.