This series started a day late, as the rain forced the Orioles and Yankees into four games in three days. Coming into this series, the O’s trailed the Yankees for the Wild Card spot by just 1.5 games. After this series, however, that gap grew exponentially.
Game one featured Alex Cobb for the first time since his IL stint, and he could not have been worse. Lasting just four innings, Cobb allowed five runs on seven hits. Right from the start, he was leaving balls over the middle of the plate and was getting hit hard.
Gerrit Cole threw a near perfect complete seven-inning game, holding the Orioles gutless until the fifth inning. Cole shut out the Orioles offense, taking game one by a score of 6-0.
I would mention the Orioles offense in this game, but they did not exist.
In game two on Friday, Keegan Akin took the mound following being pushed back off of game one. Much unlike his first start, Akin was lit up immediately by the Yankees offense.
Akin lasted less than an inning, as he allowed four runs in 0.2 of an inning. He would he replaced by Travis Lakins Sr., and the bullpen would have no more success than Akin.
The one highlight of the day was DJ Stewart. In the first inning, Stewart sent a ball into the right field bleachers, which gave the Orioles a short-lived 1-0 lead.
The Orioles dropped game two by a score of 10-1.
Hoping to turn the series around was Dean Kremer, who got his second start of his career. Amazingly, Kremer confused the Yankees lineup once again.
This game was an absolute pitchers duel between the Orioles’ Kremer and the Yankees’ Jordan Montgomery. Kremer lasted five innings, allowing only one run off four hits. With seven strikeouts, Kremer has shown the stuff to get big league hitters out in both of his starts.
The only run scored for the Orioles came off an RBI single by Ryan Mountcastle, who popped a ball over the head of the third baseman. This tied the game at one in the sixth.
Now in extras, Hunter Harvey fell victim to the new extra-inning rule. With the runner starting on second, Harvey buried a pitch in the dirt that advanced the runner, who was then scored on a sac fly. One bad pitch and an out won this game for the Yankees, 2-1.
Hoping to avoid the sweep, John Means took the mound in game four riding his momentum from his last start. Stop that momentum horse, Means lit up the Yankees lineup.
Over six innings, Means let just one Yankee cross the plate, which put his team in a great position to avoid the sweep.
Unfortunately, the Orioles offense would be dormant once again, with only a single run scored. This run game in the second, when Renato Núñez hit his 11th home run of the year.
Tanner Scott allowed two runs to score in the 8th, a double hit to the right field gap on a great low and away fastball. However, big league hitters still hit good pitching.
The Yankees ran away with game four, completing the sweep with a 3-1 victory.
The Orioles begin a three-game set with the NL-East-leading Atlanta Braves starting Monday evening at 7:35 p.m. EST.