BALTIMORE — The bases remained loaded as Giancarlo Stanton whipped his bat in the ninth inning on Thursday, catching a 100 mph fastball and sending a line drive toward center field. The way things have been rolling for the Yankees, another big knock would have surprised no one.
Yet unlike DJ LeMahieu’s game-tying hit, this ball hung in the air, long enough for Cedric Mullins to secure the final out of the frame. There would be a late comeback but no victory, as Anthony Santander clipped Lucas Luetge with a walk-off three-run homer, handing the Yankees a 9-6 defeat at Camden Yards.
“I just needed it in the gap a little bit; [it went] kind of straight to him,” Stanton said. “I think we’re in a good spot. We can always get better; capitalize on games like this where you can come back. That’s baseball. I think we’ll be OK. We’re just going to keep pressing forward.”
The Yankees (28-10) became the last team in the Majors to reach double digits in losses, concluding a trip that saw them take six out of eight games against the White Sox and Orioles. The club has been so comfortable on the road, manager Aaron Boone momentarily forgot about their next destination.
“Oh, it’s over — yeah,” Boone said. “Eight games, 6-2, pretty good. We would have obviously loved to finish it off today and head home, but any time you go out…