The final series against the Yankees was supposed to be dominated by New York. Unfortunately for the Yankees, they found out the Baltimore Orioles were a bit tougher than expected.
After a quick loss in game one of the series, the Orioles made the Yankees fight to the very end in the last two games.
In game two of the series, John Means gave another strong outing, leaving the Orioles a chance to win. Holding the Yankees to two runs across 5.2 innings, Means provided the setting going forward.
As for the offense, Austin Hays came through big, hitting two home runs, his second giving the Orioles the lead going into the top of the ninth. It was Tyler time, Tyler Wells, of course.
Unfortunately for the Birds, Wells was unable to close the game out, as the Yankees managed to score two runs off a single from Oriole killer, Brett Gardner.
For game three, the Orioles once again got another decent outing from Chris Ellis, as he was able to hold the Bronx Bombers to two runs across 4.2 innings. Our bullpen shut the Yankees down the rest of the way, which opened the door for an Orioles comeback.
Ryan Mountcastle brought forth the first Orioles run with a solo home run, his 29th and a new Orioles rookie record. Pinch runner Kelvin Gutierrez scored the Orioles’ second run on a wild pitch, tying the game that would eventually end up going extra innings.
Once again, it was the Oriole big bats that came through. Richie Martin reached on a bunt single and was awarded second. This led to an intentional walk to Cedric Mullins to get to Ryan Mountcastle.
This move played out for the Bombers as Mountcastle struck out, but that led to Austin Hays, who came up clutch with the game-winning single, giving the Orioles their eighth victory of the season over the Yankees.
As stated in our ❌-Factors, going into the series was for Mountcastle and Hays to come up big, and for the starters, provide us with a chance to stay in the game. Both came into play, and it left the Yankees fighting harder than they thought to end the season series finale.
The Baltimore Battery Player of the Series is our clutch hitter, Austin Hays. Hays batted .273 for the series, while scoring two runs. He walked twice and had three massive hits that changed the series. He hit two home runs, while knocking in four to be the biggest difference maker.
The Orioles will head to Boston for a three-game series with the BoSox.
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