The Baltimore Orioles paid a visit to Yankee Stadium in New York for three games, and it was a very frustrating three games to say the least.
Overall, the Orioles defense committed a total of six errors, five coming in game three alone.
The pitching wasn’t all there this series either, as the staff allowed double digit runs in two of the three games, the only two times that has happened this season.
The offense seems to have turned a corner a little bit, with most of the production coming from the least likely sources.
Ryan Mountcastle was shelved in the last two games, as he was dealing with a sore neck, much like the fans after watching that game three debacle.
Without further ado, here is a breakdown of what happened in the Bronx:
In a game heavily decided by the long ball, the Orioles failed to keep up.
Jordan Lyles got the start, and it was one to forget. He was shelled for six runs over 4.2 innings, giving up three home runs.
Lyles allowed a home run in the third, fourth and fifth innings, respectively. The first came off the bat of Anthony Rizzo to put the Yankees up, 3-0.
Joey Gallo added a home run of his own in the fourth that extended the lead to 4-0.
Then in the fifth, Lyles allowed his third and final long ball, Rizzo’s second. This gave the Yankees a 6-0 lead.
The Orioles then began a valiant effort to make this a game again. Anthony Santander sent a ball into the left field seats and cut the deficit to 6-3.
Then in the seventh, Ramón Urías notched an RBI on a single and made it a 6-4 game.
Paul Fry let this one get out of hand in the bottom of the seventh, when he allowed four runs. This gave the Yankees a 10-4 lead.
The O’s still fought in the eighth, when Trey Mancini made it a 10-5 game with an RBI single. Red hot Austin Hays followed that up with a three-run bomb of his own, and the Yankee lead fell to just two.
The home run parade would continue in the eighth, started by Aaron Judge, who extended the lead to 11-8 with a solo shot.
Rizzo then hit his third of the day. It was a high pop up to right field that barely got over the seats. It was, without a doubt, the cheapest home run in MLB history.
The Orioles dropped game one, 12-8.
The Baltimore Battery’s Player of the Game is Austin Hays. Hays went 1-for-3 with his three-run homer, which came with two outs to bring the game back within two.
This game was a much lower-scoring affair, yet it was equally as frustrating.
Tyler Wells got the start, and he really did pitch well. After giving up a two-run home run in the first, Wells was lights out.
With the Yankees up 2-0 in the sixth, Santander hit his second home run in as many days and tied this ballgame up. This was his third on the year.
Unfortunately, that was all the offense the Orioles could gather. Felix Bautista allowed a sacrifice fly in the sixth and a home run to Gallo in the seventh, making it a 4-2 game.
One more Yankees run scored via a wild pitch in the seventh, and the Yankees won the game 5-2.
The Baltimore Battery’s Player of the Game is Tyler Wells. Wells pitched great through five innings, leaving the game with his team in a position to win.
This game was, without a doubt, the most frustrating of the season so far.
First off, Santander lost his season-long on base streak in this game. However, it was more or less stolen from him than it was simply not achieved.
He had two different pitches called strikes in two at-bats that both should have been ball four. Then, after Mullins beat out a throw at second on a Santander ground ball, the play was strangely ruled a fielder’s choice. That one will make no sense for the rest of the season.
Bruce Zimmermann started this one and was once again stellar. He did only last 4.1 innings, however, and all four runs credited to him were unearned.
After three innings, the O’s led 2-0. A Kelvin Gutierrez RBI single started the scoring in the second, and Mancini added the second run on an RBI groundout in the third.
The fifth inning is when things got ugly. The O’s defense committed three errors in that frame alone, allowing the Yankees to score four runs, all unearned. The Orioles gave away about three outs in that frame, when they should have escaped the inning unscathed.
Now in a lopsided game, the offense finally came alive in the ninth. Hays and Odor each brought in a run with a double, and McKenna added one more with a single.
It was a little too late, and the Orioles dropped game three, 10-5.
The Baltimore Battery’s Player of the Game is Austin Hays. In a game where the offense was flat, Hays shined. He recorded his first ever four-hit game and added his seventh double to up his OPS to .835.
The O’s are headed home after this 11-game road trip to face the Boston Red Sox, beginning Friday night from beautiful Oriole Park at Camden Yards.
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