BALTIMORE For the Yankees, it was worth the wait.
After a mostly dry rain delay of nearly two hours, they were able to squeeze a 8-5 win over the Orioles at Camden Yards in Saturday before thunderstorms threatened to hammer the Inner Harbor.
The Yankees may not get as lucky Sunday, with the National Weather Service forecasting potential flash floods and buckets of rain around the 1:07 p.m. start time. The teams were washed out Thursday night.
After Stanton led off the inning with a single, Gary Sanchez hit a grounder to short. Schoop took the throw to start the double play but fired it well over first base. The ball landed out of play and Sanchez was awarded second base.
Then Didi Gregorius ripped a low liner to center field. Jones went to play it off the short hop. It kicked off the wet grass, bounced off his glove and rolled behind him. Sanchez scored. Gregorius was given an RBI and a single and he advanced to second base on the error a bad call by the official scorer.
In the next at-bat, Aaron Hicks singled to center. Jones missed the cutoff man. Gregorius scored and Hicks made it to second on the throwing flub.
For all the enticing offensive toys for Eli Manning to play with, Odell Beckham Jr., Saquon Barkley and Co. cannot be expected to produce 25 to 30 points on a weekly basis. Already, it appears head coach Pat Shurmur will have to rely heavily on the ability of his defensive coordinator, James Bettcher, to out-scheme opponents and devise ways to manufacture pressure on the opposing quarterback.
It is virtually impossible to hide deficiencies at cornerback, though, and Apple was a major part of the problem after a truly nightmarish 2017 season.
There have been worse second acts, but not many. The new operating duo of Shurmur and general manager Dave Gettleman inherited quite a conundrum and, wisely, decided to wait and see rather than jettisoning Apple as a way of sending an introductory warning that there is a new Giants way of doing things.
This spring, Apple is a constant participant in the Giants’ offseason workout program. Gettleman and Shurmur have not said a whole lot about Apple, other than the broad-brush clean slate directive they assigned to players coming back from last season’s 3-13 nosedive.