NEW YORK -- While the Orioles lost for the eighth time in the past nine games, they offered their fans a glimpse of 2018 -- and perhaps beyond.
Center fielder Adam Jones had the night off because he was sore after playing three games on artificial turf in Toronto’s Rogers Centre, and rookie Austin Hays started in center instead.
Gabriel Ynoa got his second start of the month, and while the right-hander was charged with the 8-2 loss to the New York Yankees before 40,460 at Yankees Stadium on Sept. 15, he didn’t pitch poorly.
Shortly before the game, the news broke that left-hander Tanner Scott, the intriguing pitching prospect from Double-A Bowie was likely to join the team this weekend.
It's not known how Scott might be used over the final 15 days of the season, but with the Orioles now four games below .500 (72-76) for the first time since Aug. 22, it’s time for the team to assess who may help them in the future. They’ll need to go 9-5 in the final 14 games to finish at .500.
Despite losing for the seventh time in eight games at Yankee Stadium this season, the Orioles didn’t allow 10 or more runs as they had five times to the Yankees, but they have given up 89 runs in the eight games.
In the past nine games, the Orioles have scored just 19 runs.
"It’s a combination of us not swinging it well and them really pitching well," Showalter said.
They led 2-1 in the second inning when catcher Welington Castillo hit his 20th home run of the season.
That gave the Orioles seven players with 20 home runs: Castillo, Jones, Chris Davis, Manny Machado, Trey Mancini, Jonathan Schoop and Mark Trumbo.
It was the seventh time in major league history, and the second time an Orioles team had done that. The 1996 Orioles were the first major league team with seven 20 home run hitters.
Ynoa allowed three runs, one of them unearned in 4 1/3 innings. Didi Gregorius’ two-run homer off right-hander Miguel Castro in the fifth broke a 2-2 tie.
"They squared him up a lot. He was fortunate," Showalter said of Ynoa. "He was fortunate with some hard hit balls that were right at people that created some innings that could have gotten away from him, but it didn’t, so I’ll take that as a positive. I did like his presentation. He didn’t seem to be overly intimidated by the atmosphere he was in tonight."
In his first start, Ynoa allowed three runs on seven hits in 4 2/3 innings in Cleveland on Sept. 9.
"Every time the manager gives me the ball I want to take advantage of the opportunity and show that I can pitch now and that I can pitch in the future, as well," Ynoa said through a translator.
Castillo was pleased with how the 24-year-old did.
"He was attacking the strike zone with his fastball and breaking ball," Castillo said. "It’s a tough lineup to face and I think he did a really good job."
A sloppy seventh where three runs scored gave New York a 7-2 lead.
Luis Severino allowed two runs on three hits in eight innings as the Orioles were hitless in the final 4 1/3 innings.
NOTES: Hays was hitless in two at-bats. He’s 0-for-7 since his recall from Bowie. … Pedro Alvarez made his first start of 2017, and went 1-for-3 as the designated hitter. ...Showalter said that SS J.J. Hardy would start either Sept. 16 or 17. He hasn't played since he returned from the disabled list Sept. 8. Hardy’s last game was June 18 when he broke his right wrist. Showalter didn’t want to use Hardy in the final innings on Sept. 14 because it’s not respectful to a veteran player. … RHP Jeremy Hellickson (8-9, 5.23) faces LHP Jordan Montgomery (7-7, 4.24) at 4:05 p.m Sept. 16.