A sweep, a record, a twin bill to for­get

O’s pitch­ers earn du­bi­ous record, al­low 7 HRs in DH

Baltimore Sun - - SPORTS - By Jon Me­oli


NEW YORK – It’s not that the Ori­oles’ two losses to the New York Yan­kees in Mon­day’s dou­ble­header — 8-5 in the first game and 11-8 in the sec­ond — were painfully sim­i­lar.

It more that they just can’t be that painful any­more.

By now, the Ori­oles’ pitch­ers should be cal­loused to the bar­rage of home runs: four in the first game, and three in the sec­ond, with three com­ing by Gley­ber Tor­res over the 17 in­nings to give him a record 13 against the Ori­oles.

It shouldn’t be sur­pris­ing that Trey Mancini home­red in both games, or that the team’s most con­sis­tent hit­ters out­side of him added home runs them­selves. An­thony San­tander had three hits and a home run in the first game, and Hanser Al­berto hit his eighth home run of the sea­son in the sec­ond.

The rest are just un­pleas­ant de­tails that get filled in on a nightly ba­sis. The un­lucky

starters were Gabriel Ynoa, who al­lowed seven earned runs in six in­nings in the first game but was com­mended for get­ting the Ori­oles that deep into the game, and new­comer Ty Blach in the sec­ond game. He was charged with six runs in four-plus in­nings, with Evan Phillips and Tom Eshel­man al­low­ing home runs to Tor­res af­ter he left.

The up­dated count of home runs al­lowed this sea­son is 248. Soon, they’ll break the ma­jor league record of 258 the same way they broke the Amer­i­can League record of 242 within three bat­ters of the af­ter­noon game start­ing.

Soon, they’ll be fin­ished with Tor­res for the rest of the sea­son, but not be­fore he has a chance to break Lou Gehrig’s ma­jor league record of 14 home runs against a sin­gle team, set in 1936 against the Cleve­land In­di­ans in 23 games.

Tor­res’ 13 are the most in the di­vi­sional era (which be­gan in 1969), and he has two games to go.

But Hyde wasn’t go­ing to let that hap­pen Mon­day. With two on and two out, and trail­ing 11-6 in the eighth in­ning, Hyde au­to­mat­i­cally put Tor­res on first to load the bases. Brett Gard­ner grounded out to end the in­ning.

Hits in bunches

The Ori­oles scored eight runs on nine hits, with Rio Ruiz pro­duc­ing a run-scor­ing ground­out be­fore Mancini home­red to score two in the third, and Al­berto hit­ting a three-run homer in the sev­enth.

Even the lit­tle late rally from the first game was repli­cated in the sec­ond, as Ruiz scored two with a ninth-in­ning sin­gle that brought the ty­ing run to the plate.

Com­pletely dif­fer­ent note

The Ori­oles’ Short-A af­fil­i­ate at Aberdeen pitched a com­bined no-hit­ter Mon­day in a 7-0 win at Ver­mont, with Jake Lyons pitch­ing the first five in­nings with only a walk against him, James Ryan pitch­ing three score­less in­nings in his Aberdeen de­but, and Kyle Martin pitch­ing a clean ninth to wrap up the no-hit­ter.

Aberdeen got home runs from 2019 draftees An­drew Daschbach, Toby Welk, and Kyle Stow­ers, while top draft pick Ad­ley Rutschman had a sin­gle while catch­ing all nine in­nings.


Ori­oles re­lief pitcher Bran­den Kline (53) reacts as the Yan­kees’ Mike Ford, back­ground left, runs the bases af­ter hit­ting a home run dur­ing the fourth in­ning of the sec­ond game of a dou­ble­header Monda in New York.

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