A Yankees Blowout Rooted in just one Impossible Decision

Then the at-bats turned arduous.

Aaron Hicks worked a full-count walk to load the bases before Bird fouled off four consecutive 2-2 pitches: a fastball, a slider, a changeup along with another fastball. By This specific point, Bird — who had struck out at the end of an 11-pitch at-bat against Bundy inside second — had seen all the right-hander had to offer.

So, when Bundy delivered a curveball — a pitch that will Bird had taken for a strike twice already inside game — the left-handed hitter was not fooled. He drove the idea deep to right field along with watched as the idea clanked off the foul pole for a grand slam.

the idea was the second night in a row in which Bird drove in four runs, although unlike Tuesday night, when the Yankees squandered a late lead along with lost 6-5 on a game-ending single off Bird’s glove, his offense was plenty.

Gray, who lasted a total of four along with one-third innings in his previous two starts, turned in one of his best outings of the season, shutting out the Orioles for six innings, allowing three hits, one walk along with striking out eight.

the idea also may have saved Gray’s spot inside rotation when he returns coming from the All-Star break, though Manager Aaron Boone evaded that will question before the game.

“To read in what the idea means exactly I don’t want to go there,” Boone said.

the idea was also an uplifting night for Tyler Wade, who was demoted in May along with recalled last week when Gleyber Torres went on the disabled list. Wade, who entered using a .103 average, singled, doubled along with homered — the first of his career. Austin Romine added a solo homer, his sixth of the season.

Mostly, though, the idea was a satisfactory end to a disappointing visit, in which the Yankees split four games with the woeful Orioles, who are 41 games below .500 although have beaten the Yankees several times in 10 games.

today, the Yankees head to Cleveland, which will serve as a gateway to the All-Star break when they can unwind along with spare themselves the type of decisions that will can unspool a baseball game.