The Yankees came to visit Camden Yards for the first time this season, and it was a hard fought series for the O’s, who came away with two separate one-run victories in this set.
The first game of this series featured Matt Harvey on the mound for the Birds, opposite of Deivi Garcia, who was making his 2021 debut with the Yankees.
Harvey put on a show in this game, allowing one run on three hits over six innings. He kept the Yankees off the board until the sixth, and even then was able to keep the damage to a bare minimum.
Cedric Mullins started this game off with a bang. In the first at-bat of the bottom of the first, Mullins sent his second home run of the year onto Eutaw Street. This put the Orioles up 1-0. Get that man his plaque!
In the second, Freddy Galvis made the most of his return to the lineup with a long double. This extra base hit scored a run and made the Oriole lead 2-0.
In the sixth inning, the Orioles saw a familiar face on the mound for the Yankees, Darren O’Day. With Austin Hays on third, O’Day balked, bringing in the Orioles’ third run. This made it a 3-1 game.
Cedric Mullins decided he wasn’t done yet. In the seventh, he blasted his second home run of the game. This ball that landed behind the fence in center field gave the Orioles a commanding 4-1 lead.
With César Valdez on the mound in the eighth, the Yankees were threatening. A Gio Urshela single scored a run, but a cannon of a throw by Austin Hays got Aaron Judge out at third base for the final out. Then in the ninth, Valdez returned to the mound for a clean 1-2-3 inning. This gave the Orioles a 4-2 victory.
The Baltimore Battery’s Player of the Game is Cedric Mullins, who went 3-for-4 with two home runs and a double. He also drove in two of the Orioles’ four runs.
Bruce Zimmermann was on the mound for the Orioles and looked to continue on the momentum from game one. However, Zimm would get hit early, and the Orioles’ offense couldn’t help him out.
Zimmermann lasted just 3.2 innings, allowing four runs off nine hits. The first came on a sac fly in the first, and then Aaron Judge homered in the second. Now down 2-0, Kyle Higashioka also went deep in the fourth to extend the lead to 3-0. Dillon Tate allowed the fourth run in the same inning, however the runner and run was credited to Bruce Zimmermann.
The Orioles lone run came off the bat of Maikel Franco, who singled home Trey Mancini in the fourth inning. This cut the deficit to 4-1.
A late home run by Giancarlo Stanton nailed the coffin on this one, giving the Yankees a 5-1 victory.
Jay Flaa made his Major League debut in this game, going 1.1 clean innings with one strikeout and two walks.
The Baltimore Battery’s Player of the Game is Maikel Franco. Franco offered a majority of the Orioles’ offense, going 2-for-4 with an RBI.
Game three was a complete beat down by the Yankees. Dean Kremer tried to bounce back in this start, but he offered maybe his worst outing of the season.
The Yankee offense clobbered Kremer, scoring six runs off him in 4.1 innings, including two home runs. On the other side, the Oriole offense was completely nonexistent and offered no help whatsoever.
The Orioles had only one chance with RISP in this game and could only muster up four hits in the game.
The bullpen, however, did continue its hot stretch. Shawn Armstrong, Tyler Wells, and Tanner Scott combined for 4.2 innings with one run scored off two hits. Unfortunately, it just wasn’t enough. The Yankees took this game 7-0.
The Baltimore Battery’s Player of the Game is Trey Mancini, who had half of the Orioles’ total hits by going 2-for-4.
The final game of this series was a very exciting game. Jorge López got the start, and he really held his own.
Through four innings, López allowed just two runs from a very hot offense. Both runs came from inherited runners that López had left on base in the fifth inning.
Trey Mancini got the Birds started early, singling home a run in the bottom of the first that put the O’s up 1-0. Trailing in the sixth inning 2-1, Mancini put the team on his back, as his fifth home run of the year tied the game at 2-2.
Austin Hays came in clutch in the eighth by taking a 3-2 lead on his second double of the year. This double scored Cedric Mullins and gave the Orioles a short-lived lead.
With the game in the hands of César Valdez, Gleyber Torres scored the tying run on his ground rule double. This made it a 3-3 game.
In the ever so exciting extra innings, Cedric Mullins really wanted to go home. With Ramón Urías on third, Mullins lifted a fly ball just deep enough to score the run. The Orioles took game four on a walk-off sac fly, good for a 4-3 victory.
The Baltimore Battery’s Player of the Game is again Trey Mancini, who was on fire this game, going 3-for-4 with two RBI and a run scored.
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