By George A. King III
Brandon McCarthy pitched seven innings of scoreless ball, but the Yankees were unable to score until the 11th inning in a 2-1 loss to the Orioles.
BALTIMORE — Across most of Friday afternoon, the only noise in and around Camden Yards was generated by the Navy’s Blue Angels jets filling the Inner Harbor air space with ear-splitting roars.
Brandon McCarthy and Kevin Gausman dominated the hitters in the first game of a Yankees-Orioles doubleheader in which manager Joe Girardi didn’t have Brett Gardner, Carlos Beltran, Chase Headley and Derek Jeter — due to various body parts barking.
“We called up eight guys and I’m not sure we have enough guys to run out there,’’ Girardi said before the game. “It’s unfortunate we’ve been hit with some injuries, multiple guys, bang, bang, bang. But … you still put players out there and still play the game. Guys got to step up.’’
Despite Chris Young’s second dramatic homer in as many games, the Yankees couldn’t survive Adam Warren melting down in the final frame of a 2-1, 11-inning loss witnessed by 31,871.
After Dellin Betances and David Robertson left the bases loaded in the eighth and ninth innings, Warren was faced with three on and two out in the 11th and gave up a two-run, pinch-hit double to Jimmy Paredes.
The loss dropped the Yankees 4 ½ games out of the second AL wild card spot going into the nightcap.
Young, who won Thursday night’s game with a three-run homer in the ninth, homered off Brad Brach with two out in the top of the 11th.
In the last four games, Young is hitting .500 (8-for-16) with three homers and seven RBIs.
McCarthy certainly did his part, providing seven-plus shutout innings and Betances and Robertson worked out of late-inning jams hurling in front of a lineup that featured Stephen Drew, John Ryan Murphy, Brendan Ryan and Antoan Richardson in the last four batting order spots and the slumping Mark Teixeira batting cleanup.
Betances, who worked out of a bases-loaded jam in the eighth, walked Steve Pearce with one out in the ninth and was replaced by Robertson.
Pinch-runner Quintin Berry stole second and when Robertson fell behind J.J. Hardy, 3-0, the final ball was issued intentionally. Ex-Yankee Kelly Johnson fouled out in front of Nick Hundley walking to load the bases for Jonathan Schoop. At 0-1 Schoop fouled off five straight pitches, got the count to 2-2 and was called out to send the game into extra innings.
Gausman exited after seven scoreless innings in which he gave up seven hits, didn’t walk a batter and fanned seven.
Johnson doubled off McCarthy starting the eighth, and that brought Betances into the game. Hundley’s bunt to Teixeira led the first baseman to throw to third where Johnson was safe because the throw was wide.
Betances responded by striking out Jonathan Schoop and then with the infield in induced Nick Markakis to hit a grounder to Drew at second. His throw to third caught Johnson for the second out. Betances walked
Alejandro De Aza to load the bases for Adam Jones, who left the bases loaded by striking out.
In seven-plus innings, McCarthy allowed four hits, didn’t walk anybody and struck out six.
Richardson’s second hit of the game, a single to left, with one out in the seventh brought the top of the order to the plate but after Jacoby Ellsbury’s fly ball to center, Richardson was picked off first with Martin Prado at the plate.
Young’s hot streak continued in the sixth when his two-out double to left moved Martin Prado from first to third. A full-count walk to Drew loaded the bases for Murphy. His fly to deep left in foul territory landed in De Aza’s glove to keep the game scoreless.
Combined, the Yankees and Orioles sent one batter to the plate with a runner in scoring position through five scoreless innings.
Murphy singled to right field with one out in the fifth and Richardson beat out an infield single with two outs. But Ellsbury stranded the runners with a routine fly to right field.
Prior to that, the Yankees’ best scoring chance barely got going in the fourth inning when Brian McCann opened with a walk. But Gausman got Teixeira to bang into a 6-4-3 double play.
After Hardy’s one-out single in the second, McCarthy retired 13 straight and fanned the side in the fourth.