The Yankees came into Baltimore to reek havoc on the Birds, and they did just that. Well, in the first two games at least.
This game started off with a bang, and who hits the ball out of Camden Yards more than Aaron Judge?
The 6-foot-8 monster hit a moon shot off Dean Kremer in the first that put the Yankees up early in this one. But the early lead wouldn’t last, as Austin Hays hit a solo shot of his own to tie the game at one a piece.
It was like deja vu in the fourth, as Judge would smash another solo shot off Kremer. This one just barely went over the center field wall, but it would give the Yankees the lead 2-1.
It was an impressive fifth inning for the O’s, as they would score three runs. DJ Stewart began the inning with a hustle double, then Pedro Severino would hit a double of his own to score Stewart from second. This tied the game at two.
It wouldn’t stay tied for long, as Pat Valaika shot one up the middle for a base hit, scoring Severino. Then, the red hot Trey Mancini would hit a double into the right field corner that scored Valaika. This gave the O’s a 4-2 lead.
It was looking good for the Birds until the seventh inning, when Gio Urshela hit a pinch hit three-run homer off Travis Lakins Sr. to put the Yankees up for good 5-4.
New York would take this one from the O’s by a final of 5-4, in what certainly looked like a winnable game for the O’s. Travis Lakins Sr. took the loss and moved to 1-4 on the year.
The Baltimore Battery’s Player of the Game is DJ Stewart, who went 3-for-3 with a run scored and started the O’s rally with his heads up double in the fifth.
There’s no way to put it for this game; it was a total Yankee domination from the get go.
Jorge López started this game and only lasted two innings, throwing 71 pitches in that short span. It was definitely not his night.
In the first, a passed ball would score DJ LeMahieu from third to get the scoring started for New York. It would only get worse from here.
A two-run single from Gary Sánchez increased the Yanks’ lead to 3-0, and yet another home run from Aaron Judge in the second would give New York a 5-0 lead.
The onslaught continued in the sixth, as a balk from Tyler Wells would score Brett Gardner. Then, Luke Voit hit a two-run single, bringing the Yankee lead to 8-0.
The only Oriole runs scored in this one came from a Trey Mancini groundout and a Ramón Urías RBI single.
The Yankees took game two by a final of 8-2. Jorge López took the loss and moved to 1-4 on the season.
The Baltimore Battery’s Player of the Game goes to Tyler Wells, who came in and struck out four in 1.2 relief innings.
Here’s where it gets exciting for O’s fans!
It looked like it would be the same thing we saw in games one and two early, as the Yankees would score four off Adam Plutko in the first. But, the O’s would come back in this one!
Ryan Mountcastle would get the scoring started with an RBI double. Then, Pedro Severino would hit an RBI single to cut the deficit to 4-2.
Surprise! Here comes another Aaron Judge home run! No, seriously. He did it again. His fourth homer of the series increased the Yankee lead to 5-2.
But here come the Birds! In the bottom of the third, Mountcastle would pick up a sac fly, Maikel Franco hit an RBI double, and Freddy Galvis would tie the game with his RBI single. The O’s have tied it at five!
Trey Mancini continued the scoring in the fourth, when he hit a double off the right field wall that scored Cedric Mullins and gave the O’s a 6-5 lead.
Remember that slump Maikel Franco was in? We don’t either! The Oriole third baseman hit a monster two-run homer in the seventh that put the O’s up 8-5. He would finish the day 3-for-4 with three RBI and two runs scored!
Everybody loves insurance, including Ryan Mountcastle! His two-run single in the ninth would put the O’s up 10-5! And after an RBI knock from DJ LeMahieu, César Valdez would close this one out.
The O’s took game three by a score of 10-6! Bruce Zimmermann picks up the win in relief and moves to 2-3.
The Baltimore Battery’s Player of the Game is none other than Bruce Zimmermann, who came in and tossed 5.2 innings in relief and tallied six strikeouts!
The O’s have a day off tomorrow, but they will host the Tampa Bay Rays for the first time this season beginning Tuesday night! And even better news, the Birds don’t play the Yankees again until August!
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