The Orioles headed to the home of the New York Yankees for a three-game set and ended up taking one in the Bronx.
In the first series since the Trade Deadline, the Orioles had a chance to see some new faces in pinstripes. Joey Gallo was essentially a non-factor in this series; however, Anthony Rizzo had the Birds’ number.
The Orioles benefitted from the home run ball early in this series but couldn’t recreate the game one magic later on in the set. Poor pitching didn’t help much either, and the short right field in Yankee Stadium is an issue.
Let’s check out what went down in this A.L. East matchup!
What an awesome game this was! In a stadium where the Orioles have been historically bad the last couple years, the offense absolutely exploded. Even better, Jorge López tossed the game of his career on the way to a blowout win over the Yankees!
Coming in at 2-12, Oriole fans know that López’s record is somewhat misleading. Over the last month, he has tossed some of his better outings and has been able to get into the sixth inning a couple times. In this game, everything came together for López.
In his six innings, he only allowed one hit and one run against a very good lineup! The Yankees did get on the board via a few walks and then a sac fly early; however, López was on a no-hitter watch until he allowed his sole hit in the sixth inning!
The offense did exactly what they needed to do in this game to support their pitcher. Ironically, the offense was 0-for-11 with RISP, but they still put up seven runs! This was due to four home runs in the game, more than the Yankees had hits.
Cedric Mullins and Austin Hays got the scoring started in the third inning, when they hit back-to-back home runs against Andrew Heaney in his very first start as a Yankee! This put the Birds up 2-0!
In the fourth, Ryan Mountcastle felt left out! He decided to absolutely annihilate a pitch from Heaney, sending this one nearly into the second deck in left! This was his 18th on the year, and it put the O’s up 3-0!
Later in that inning, we got another long ball from another rookie! This time it was off the bat of Ramón Urías, his fifth on the year. The Orioles’ fourth home run in six at-bats put them up 4-0 and ended Heaney’s debut start in disappointing fashion, if you’re a Yankee fan that is. For Oriole fans, it was awesome!
Now up 4-1 in the sixth, some insurance runs were definitely wanted. And insurance runs is what the Orioles got! Pedro Severino and Maikel Franco both hit sacrifice flys, and the O’s went up 6-1!
Just to put the cherry on top, the Orioles tacked on one more run in the eighth on an RBI groundout by Urías. This ended the scoring, and the Orioles held on to win 7-1!
Jorge López earned the win and moved to 3-12 on the year! The Baltimore Battery’s Player of the Game is mister López! Against a great lineup that now includes Anthony Rizzo and Joey Gallo, López was lights out! Despite five walks that did turn into a run, López was unhittable the entire outing, which lasted six innings!
With Alexander Wells on the mound for game two, nothing was fun as the night before. Wells lasted just 2.1 innings, and this game was far out of reach by then.
Originally, Gerrit Cole was supposed to start this game for the Yankees, but following a COVID-19 diagnosis, Luis Gil was given his first career start. If you didn’t know any better, you would have thought it was Cole out there. Gil shut down the Orioles lineup for no runs over six innings.
Going into the third, this was still a game at 1-0 in the Yankees’ favor. However, in that third inning, Wells got shelled. The first four runs in this inning were allowed by Wells by way of two singles and two doubles. Adam Plutko entered in relief of Wells and gave up one more run. After a five spot for the Yankees, this was a 6-0 game.
After a three-run homer allowed by Plutko in the fourth made it 9-0, the Orioles finally got on the board in the eighth. A.L. Rookie of the Year candidate Ryan Mountcastle doubled home Mullins on his 19th double bagger. This was a little too late, but it made it a 9-1 game.
The Yankees tacked on a few more late and finished this game 13-1. Alex Wells took the loss and moved to 1-2 on the year.
The Baltimore Battery’s Player of the Game is Keegan Akin. Even in a lost game, he came on and completely shut down the Yankee lineup for one hit across three innings.
With a chance to win a series in New York for the first time in a long time, the Orioles sent Matt Harvey to the mound. Since the All-Star Break, Harvey has been having the stretch of his career. He came into the game with 18.1 straight scoreless innings and a 3-0 record in that time.
The Orioles gave “The Dark Knight” some run support early. Right off the bat, Mullins scored on a sac fly from Mountcastle. This run was scored really from the legs of Mullins, who stole second and reached third on a hit-and-run. He then beat an amazing throw at home by Aaron Judge in right field, and the Orioles led 1-0.
Austin Hays added another run in the first, this one a single that scored Urías. Before Harvey even threw his first pitch, his team led 2-0.
Then in the fourth, Mountcastle showcased his power once again. He sent a fastball to right field, and it landed just over the short porch. Ironically, this home run would have been a home run in zero other ballparks outside of New York. But hey, we will take it! The Orioles went up 3-0.
For the first time since July 7, a run was scored off Harvey. After 21.1 scoreless innings, the streak was broken. This one was a solo home run by Anthony Rizzo, which is a name thats’s still odd to say in regards to the Yankees. Either way, this cut the Orioles’ lead to 3-1. Harvey would allow his second run later in the inning on a single, and the lead was cut some more to 3-2.
With César Valdez on in the fifth, this game became tied. He allowed a single to DJ LeMahieu, and the Yankees’ third run came across. I’m not really sure why, but Brandon Hyde felt the need to pull Harvey after just four innings; he was only at 63 pitches. In hindsight, and at the moment, this was an awful decision that ultimately cost the game.
The bullpen combination of Cole Sulser, Paul Fry, and Dillon Tate allowed this game to get completely out of hand. Five runs were scored between those three in a matter of two innings. In a game where the score was tied in the seventh, the Orioles trailed 8-3 after that inning.
Recent call-up, Dusten Knight, got his first Major League action in the eighth, and it’s an outing he will soon want to forget. He allowed two more runs over three hits. At the end, the Yankees led by a final score of 10-3.
Cole Sulser took the loss and moved to 3-2 on the year.
The Baltimore Battery’s Player of the Game is Matt Harvey. Harvey was dealing for a fourth straight outing and held a very good lineup to just two runs.
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