The New York Yankees kept multiple streaks going in their three-game sweep of the Baltimore Orioles.
With the sweep, the Yankees have won eight straight contests and have yet to lose in August. The Bronx Bombers also completed the season series sweep with a 10-0 record this year at Oriole Park at Camden Yards, which ran their overall streak to 15 consecutive wins in Baltimore dating back to 2018. In addition, 17 Yankees have hit home runs against the Orioles and New York has homered 52 times against Baltimore this season, an MLB record.
It was closer than it needed to be but really the Yankees essentially toyed with the Orioles. Smashing five home runs, the Bronx Bombers reached 32 home runs at Oriole Park at Camden Yards, most by a team at a visiting ballpark in a single season. All of it added up to a 9-6 victory.
During the second stanza, Austin Romine kept hitting like red hot magma. The Yanks backstop cracked a 2-2 sinker from Gabriel Ynoa to left, providing New York with a 1-0 edge.
Victimizing his former teammates and reclaiming the lead for his current club, Breyvic Valera ripped a two-run triple to right in the fifth. Valera would score on a fielder’s choice to shortstop by DJ LeMahieu.
Facing Branden Kline in the sixth, the Bronx Bombers lead climbed to 5-1 as Brett Gardner lifted a solo smash to left. Later in the frame, Mike Tauchman took Kline yard to left as well for a 6-1 lead. Who says this Yankee outfield lacks for power?
Unfortunately, Tanaka’s troubles continued as the New York advantage withered away in the home half of the sixth. A two-run tater to center by the ex-Yankee Peterson and a sac fly RBI by Chris Davis, a few batters later would chase Tanaka.
Tommy Kahnle, who was July Pitcher of the Month, had a rare hiccup after whiffing Steve Wilkerson. Jonathan Villar, who would hit for the cycle, squared the contest at six with a two-run tater to right-center.
MIKE AND MIKE
Facing Paul Fry in the eighth, it was next savage up. Belle Mead, N.J. native Mike Ford rocked a towering solo swat to right, putting New York in front at 7-6.
Settling down the Baltimore bats, Adam Ottavino worked a flawless seventh. Ex-Oriole Zack Britton kept the ball down in a scoreless eighth. Aroldis Chapman struck out the side in the ninth to lock it down.
The Bronx Bombers kept clobbering the ball as the mostly Triple-A Scranton pitching held up longer than the Double-A Bowie staff. Their 9-4 victory set a franchise record with 14-straight wins at an opposing ballpark. Plus, smacking six solo shots, New York became the first team in MLB history with four games of 5+ homers at a road ballpark in a single season. All was well except for Torres exiting with an injury.
Facing Tayler Scott in the sixth, Romine swatted a solo homer to center, his second in as many contests.
Romine recorded three extra-base hits on the evening.
HUG IT OUT
Capping off the offense against David Hess in the ninth, Gardner and Cameron Maybin crushed a pair of consecutive home runs to raise the Yankees advantage to 9-4.
PITCHING ON A STRING
Skipper Aaron Boone pushed his pitchers out of the pen but knew when to use the hook. Jonathan Holder worked a pair of scoreless frames before allowing two runs in the third, cutting the New York lead to 3-2. From there, Boone turned to Tarpley, who tossed two innings before surrendering a two-run tater to Anthony Santander in the fifth, cutting the Yankee lead to 5-4.
Nestor Cortes Jr. provided New York with 2.1 scoreless frames before an eighth-inning walk prompted Boone to summon Adam Ottavino. A slick double-play started by Gregorius helped Ottavino exit with a mere five pitches and pick up the save with a scoreless ninth as well.
After shockingly playing three scoreless innings, the New York lineup busted out in the fourth frame against John Means.
Following an RBI-single to no man’s land in right by Maybin, who also went yard in the ninth and recorded a four-hit night, Kyle Higashioka teed off with a three-run round-tripper to straightaway center. Higgy would smash a two-run tater to left off Hess in the ninth to cap off the scoring.
A hustle ground out by Gardner would cap off the scoring in the sixth.
When it all added up, the Yankees had their eleventh multi-home run game against the O’s and tenth at Baltimore. Plus, the Bronx Bombers equaled the 1977 Boston Red Sox with 5+ home runs in three consecutive contests.
James Paxton made more strides and ate up Oriole bats. The lefty didn’t yield a hit until there was two down in the third inning. Paxton did feature a mixed repertoire of pitches but his out pitch was more geared toward the fastball and cutter. Paxton tossed 6.2 frames, fanned seven, allowed five hits, one walk, and his lone blip was a home run by Mancini in the fourth inning.