BALTIMORE – The lights were flickering. The music was playing. Aaron Judge had homered 900 feet and the Yankees rebounded after dropping a doubleheader to the Astros to hold on to a 7-6 win over the Orioles at Camden Yards on Friday night.
But the clubhouse was pessimistic.
Michael King, the stellar young reliever who helped them set baseball’s best record, left the mound with what is likely a season-ending elbow injury. The team did not have an official update after the game, but a source confirmed a report that he suffered a broken bone.
The fear was obviously serious that he would miss a lot of time, probably the rest of the season.
“You try to say a quick prayer and pray for a good result when you come in during the round, but I saw the same thing happen to (Chad Green) the last time we were here and then see it happen. is never good,” Judge said. “Especially the size of a bullpen piece (King) has been for us. The work he puts in day in and day out to get to this position, to be one of our high leverage guys, it’s hard to see. He is in our prayers, that’s for sure.
Green had Tommy John surgery earlier this season.
King threw an 82 mph pitch to Ramon Urias in the eighth inning and immediately left the mound in obvious pain. He gently held his right arm by his side. After the game, he went for X-rays and the Yankees expected to make roster changes, Aaron Boone said.
“He’s one of the best pitchers in the league. So hope and pray for the best for King and but I’m not going to speculate,” the Yankees manager said.
Losing King for any length of time would be a huge loss for the Yankees (64-30), who are battling to retain baseball’s best record. In the Yankees’ postgame club calm, the Astros’ game was shown on multiple televisions, so the Yankees could keep tabs on which team was chasing them for the American League’s best record.
The first two days after the All-Star Break raised a red flag on Yankees pitching.
The right-hander was chased after just 2.2 innings for his shortest start of the season. After walking 12 batters in his first 18 starts of the season, and at most two in a game, Taillon walked the first two he faced Friday night. It ended up walking a season three high. Taillon allowed two earned runs on four hits. He took out two.
After a strong start to end the first half – six innings, 1 run and 2 hits against the Red Sox – the Yankees were optimistic that he had overcome his crisis.
Friday night, however, was proof that he was still looking for command of the fastball. He threw 67 pitches, 38 for strikes, getting just eight swings and misses, including four on his slider.
In his last six starts, Taillon has allowed 23 earned runs in 29.2 innings pitched. He walked six and struck out 24.
As Lucas Luetge gave the Yankees a solid 2.1 innings and Clay Holmes had four outs for his 17th save, Aroldis Chapman was hammered again. Chapman gave up a first single to Cedric Mullins, walked Trey Mancini and Anthony Santander smashed a three-run homer from left-hander to second deck in left field.
With less than two weeks to go until the trade deadline, the Yankees have holes in their pitching squad to fill.
But, Friday night, the offense won.
Judge had his 8th multi-HR game of a season. It’s tied with Gleyber Torres (2019), Alex Rodriguez (2007), Mickey Mantle (1961), and Babe Ruth (1927) for the most multi-HR games in a Yankees season. the story.
Judge’s second shot traveled 465 feet, his longest this season. His first went just 436 feet. Joey Gallo hit his 12th homer of the season, a solo shot in the sixth that earned him his 24th RBI. All of that was overshadowed by King’s injury.
“It was kind of a dark vibe here after the game,” said Taillon, who has suffered more than his fair share of injuries. “He is a hard worker. I know he will come back here and he will come back to the same place he was. But it’s never easy to watch the guy walk off the field and then think about his girlfriend and family watching and everything. It’s not easy for anyone to see. So it’s hard. »