NEW YORK—The Orioles didn’t have Chris Davis available. He was sick back at the team hotel. Hyun Soo Kim missed his fourth straight game, and after the game, a new concern arose for the Orioles.
Matt Wieters, who was hit by a pitch in his right foot in the first inning, was taken for X-Rays after the game. There was no report on Wieters, but manager Buck Showalter was clearly anxious about possibly losing his All-Star catcher.
Two years after Tommy John surgery, Wieters has come back nicely and played without aftereffects.
Showalter doesn’t want to lose Wieters for any length of time, and he’s hoping that Kim, who has a strained right hamstring, will avoid going on the disabled list.
Without Davis and Kim, the Orioles offense continues to sputter. They’ve scored just 51 runs in the last 13 games, and lost 2-1 to the New York Yankees before 31,102 at Yankee Stadium on Monday night.
The Orioles (53-38), who still lead Boston by 1 ½ games in the AL East, have been without Darren O’Day for seven weeks. O’Day is to pitch a simulated game on Tuesday afternoon, and Kim will participate.
“He’s a good player. He’s been a big part of it…hopefully get him and Chris back shortly and Darren. Those are three guys we’d like to get back,” Showalter said.
While Davis, Kim and O’Day mend, Showalter doesn’t’ want Wieters to join them.
“I’m waiting with a little anxiety about what it’s going to show,” Showalter said before going to check on his catcher.
The lack of offense clearly hurt Kevin Gausman, who pitched gallantly. Pitching on 11 days rest, he allowed two runs on six hits in 6 2/3 innings.
Gausman (1-7) had a languid first three innings, throwing 60 pitches and left trailing by a run. He hasn’t won on the road in 22 starts, not since Aug. 17, 2014.
“I feel for him a lot. We just haven’t scored runs for him,” Adam Jones said.
“I love what he’s doing, I love his pedigree, I love that he went back out there and worked himself into the seventh, especially when he was north of 90 pitches.”
Gausman gave up Alex Rodriguez’s first home run in exactly a month to start the second, and in the sixth, threw one up and in on him. Rodriguez hit the dirt and stayed there for a few moments.
After Gausman struck him out with a split-finger fastball in the dirt, Rodriguez glared at him.
“I got off to a little bit of a slow start. I didn’t feel as good to start the game obviously as I did toward the end of the start. I wish I could take back one pitch, that was really it,” Gausman said.
The Orioles loaded the bases in the first against Ivan Nova (7-5), and in six innings scored only in the third when Jonathan Schoop homered. It was Schoop’s 16th, and it temporarily tied the game at 1.
Brian McCann’s sacrifice fly in the third gave the Yankees (46-46) a 2-1 lead, and then Gausman retired 12 straight.
“Even McCann’s [sac fly], he kind of got it just deep enough to get that run in. But I felt like I kind of locked in and got better as the game went on, so there’s really not much you can do,” Gausman said.
In the fourth, the Orioles (53-38) looked as if they were going to threaten. With Nolan Reimold at first with one out, Ryan Flaherty’s single reached foul ground just past third base, but Reimold was easily caught off second base, and that helped truncate the inning.
Dellin Betances pitched a scoreless seventh. He walked Flaherty, who stole second and moved to third on a bad throw by McCann, but stayed there as Betances struck out Jones and Schoop. Jones is 2-for-12 with six strikeouts against Betances.
When Betances, Andrew Miller and Aroldis Chapman get into the game, it’s tough to hit them.
“They’re good for a reason, but they don’t walk around with zero ERAs,” Jones said. “We’re giving our efforts and just coming up a little short right now.”
Miller pitched a scoreless eighth and Chapman finished the ninth for his 19th save. Chapman threw several pitches measured faster than 101 mph, and one that reached 105.
With Davis and Kim out, and Wieters hurting, Showalter had just Caleb Joseph and Joey Rickard on his bench and he felt constrained against the powerful Chapman.
“That’s just…see if you can collide with one. We’re looking for a collision there,” Showalter said.
NOTES: Flaherty has stolen six bases in his career without getting caught. … Vance Worley (2-0, 2.87) faces Nathan Eovaldi (7-6, 5.11) on Tuesday night.