Our favorite thing to hear at The Baltimore Battery is “the Orioles win!”
Our second favorite thing is “the Yankees lose!” When you can hear both of those things in the same sentence, it’s like Christmas morning. Or in this case, Easter morning!
Over this past weekend, we heard those two exact thing. In a three-game series against the Yankees, the Orioles took two of three and won the first series this season against the pinstripes.
This series was a fantastic showcase of pitching, and that goes for both teams. For the Birds, it was both the rotation and the bullpen that shined.
The starters combined for just 13 hits over 14.1 innings and one run allowed. The one run was given up by Jordan Lyles in his 5.1 innings in game one.
Let’s cut to the chase. Here’s a breakdown of what happened in this series:
As mentioned earlier, Jordan Lyles got the start in this one. Us fans hoped to see a better start out of him this time around, and he delivered.
Lyles got himself out of a few jams to only allow that one run. He finally ran into a jam that he was unable to escape in the sixth, when manager Brandon Hyde made the switch to Dillon Tate.
Tate’s entrance began with fury, and the entire bullpen followed suit the rest of the game. Tate’s movement on his two-seam fastball was incredible, as he helped escape the jam Lyles started in the sixth, while also pitching a clean seventh.
Tate was followed by Jorge López, Bryan Baker, Cionel Pérez and Joey Krehbiel. The combination of those arms pitched 5.2 innings, allowing a single base runner. This bullpen was perfect all the way through the 11th inning.
The Birds offense really didn’t show up in this game but did just enough to get the win. Jorge Mateo delivered the only hit with RISP with an RBI single in the seventh.
Finally in the 11th, the offense realized if they couldn’t hit with RISP, they should just stop swinging all together. Ramón Urías did exactly that and delivered a walk-off walk against Aroldis Chapman on a 3-2 count. Aaron Boone was ejected, although it didn’t matter because his team had already lost.
The Birds took game one of this series, 2-1, in what may be one of the most exciting Oriole games in recent memory.
The Baltimore Battery’s Player of the Game is Jordan Lyles, who set the tone early for this entire series in terms of Oriole pitching. His one-run outing was a great start in this season series against the Yankees.
Game two was much like game one. The Oriole offense didn’t exist, and neither did the Yankees’.
Oriole pitching was great, and so was the Yankees’. The only exception was a guy named Travis Lakins Sr.; a name we will never see pitching for the Orioles again (at least we hope).
This game was won after a hail delay that prompted Brandon Hyde to not bring Mike Baumann back in the game after recording just one out. Instead, he put in recently called up Lakins Sr.
This resulted in an offensive barrage for the Yankees, who scored four runs in fifth inning. It also included the only home run by an opposing player in Camden Yards so far this season.
Lakins Sr.’s disastrous outing still doesn’t take away from the improvement Tyler Wells showed in his start. He last four innings, a career-high, and allowed no runs off three hits.
Like usual, the only offense that showed up came from Cedric Mullins. Mullins gave the O’s a 2-0 lead in the third with a 433-foot bomb that nearly landed in Eutaw Street. Coincidentally, it landed in the glove of a Yankees fan, who seemed more like an undercover O’s fan.
This one home run wasn’t enough to beat the Yankees in this one. The Birds dropped game two, 5-2.
The Baltimore Battery’s Player of the Game is Cedric Mullins. Although Wells and Paul Fry pitched well, it was Mullins who had the crowd rocking with his monster home run.
With a chance to win a series at home against the Yankees, Hyde sent Baltimore native Bruce Zimmermann to the mound. Zimm was coming off a fantastic start in the home opener and then had a bigger challenge ahead of him on Easter Sunday.
Much like Jesus, Zimmermann rose to the occasion. He fooled the Yankee lineup for five innings and kept them off the board. He also struck out six and improves now to nine scoreless innings on the year, with 10 strikeouts.
The bullpen, yet again, was absolutely fantastic, as it only allowed one base runner and secured the shutout. Felix Bautista, Dillon Tate and Jorge López were all unhittable. The bullpen, minus the Lakins Sr. inning, which included a run credited to Baumann, didn’t allow a single run over 13.2 innings.
The offense finally woke up on Easter, as they actually went 3-for-9 with RISP, a vast improvement. Ryan Mountcastle also had a multi-hit game.
It all happened in the eighth, and it began with a two-RBI single by Roughned Odor. He finally delivered, and it was against his former team.
Kelvin Gutierrez also came through with two more runs scoring on a double down the third base line. Jorge Mateo then added a fifth run on a single.
The O’s scored five runs on three consecutive hits with RISP, and it was the bottom of the lineup. Let that sink in.
López closed it out in the ninth, and the O’s took the series with a 5-0 shutout.
The Baltimore Battery’s Player of the Game is Bruce Zimmermann, who came into his home stadium, yet again, and just shut down the opposing offense. His five scoreless innings won’t be a win on the box score (López earned that), yet the game wouldn’t have been won without his stellar outing.
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