Af­ter first pitch, it was all down­hill

Yan­kees have de­feated O’s in 15 con­sec­u­tive games

Baltimore Sun - - ORIOLES - By Jon Me­oli

NEW YORK — One more game Wed­nes­day, and the Ori­oles are fi­nally fin­ished with the New York Yan­kees.

But one more game like Tues­day night’s 8-3 loss to the Yan­kees — their 15th straight to New York af­ter winning twice here the first week­end of the sea­son — might be more than any­one else can stand to watch.

This one couldn’t have started more sim­ply. Domingo Ger­mán re­tired the Ori­oles in or­der on 11 pitches in a quiet first in­ning, and then Ori­oles All-Star left-han­der John Means al­lowed a home run to lead­off man DJ LeMahieu on the first pitch he threw.

For all of Means’ mas­tery in the first half, his strug­gles in the sec­ond half con­tin­ued. Cameron May­bin sin­gled to score two in the sec­ond, and a two-run Aaron Judge dou­ble plated two more in the fourth, chas­ing Means.

He al­lowed six earned runs in 31⁄ in­nings, and the 2.50 ERA he car­ried to the All-Star Game a month ago is now up to 3.76 in the span of five starts.

Solo home runs by An­thony San­tander (No. 11), Ste­vie Wilk­er­son (No. 10), and Re­nato Núñez (No. 26) pro­vided all of the Ori­oles’ of­fense, while Hanser Al­berto, Rio Ruiz, and Jace Peter­son each dou­bled to ac­count for the rest of their six hits.

Shep­herd shows well

Right-han­der Miguel Cas­tro fin­ished off Means’ fourth in­ning be­fore righthande­r Chan­dler Shep­herd be­came the sev­enth Ori­ole to make his ma­jor league de­but this sea­son.

Shep­herd al­lowed a run in the fifth in­ning, but nav­i­gated the Yan­kees lineup well. His first ma­jor league strike­out was on a 94 mph fast­ball that caught Aaron Judge look­ing, but the best mo­ment of his day might have been get­ting Judge to line out to cen­ter field with the bases loaded to end the sev­enth in­ning.

He al­lowed a run on five hits with two strike­outs and three walks in four in­nings.

Ride the breeze

Both Wilk­er­son’s home run — a tow­er­ing fly ball that scraped the right-field wall — and his sig­na­ture catch in cen­ter field re­quired a lit­tle bit of breeze un­der him to make hap­pen.

Wilk­er­son ended the third in­ning and stranded two run­ners for Means when he tracked a line drive by Didi Gre­go­rius and leapt back­ward to catch a line drive over his head.

FRANK FRANKLIN II/AP

Ori­oles starter John Means al­lowed 6 earned runs in 31⁄ in­nings and took the loss on Tues­day.

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