This game did not play out how you might expect. Actually, it played out exactly how you might expect in one sense. The Yankees never trailed, scored a bunch of runs and were never in any real danger. That said, it was a different sort of easy win than we’ve seen in other Orioles games.
Home runs have done the most damage for the Yankees in their 15 other wins against Baltimore this season. This game proved different in that the Yankees only hit one of them. DJ LeMahieu went yard on the very first pitch, but after that, the Bombers just bludgeoned Baltimore to death with non-dingers.
The Yankees recorded 15 hits in total, with Gio Urshela and Austin Romine leading the way with three each. Every member of the lineup picked up at least one, and six players recorded at least one RBI. That provided Domingo German more than enough run support as the Yankees cruised to an 8-3 win. Oh, and Gleyber Torres only had one hit. That was weird.
As mentioned, it did not take long for the Yankees to get on the board. LeMahieu led off the bottom of the first with a home run on the first pitch Orioles’ starter John Means threw, giving the Yankees a very early lead.
An inning later, they added more. While it wasn’t an intentional one, the Orioles did—probably wisely—walk Torres to start the inning. Didi Gregorius then delivered a double before Cameron Maybin plated both of them with a single.
Baltimore got on the board themselves in the top of the fourth. Anthony Santander led off the frame with a long home run to straightaway center field. However, that brief high point for Baltimore would only last so long.
In the bottom of the fourth, the Yankees more than doubled their lead. With one out in the inning, the bottom of the order got things going as Romine singled and Mike Tauchman walked. After LeMahieu made an out, Aaron Judge ripped a double to score both runs. It was a nice thing to see considering Judge’s recent slump. Urshela and Gary Sanchez then both picked up RBI with a single and double respectively.
Noted closer Stevie Wilkinson got one of those runs back when he homered in the fifth. That would be the extent of the damage done against German. The right-hander went seven innings, allowing two runs on five hits and a walk, while striking out seven.
The Yankees picked up a couple more runs before turning it over to the newly called up Adonis Rosa. The rookie allowed one run on a home run, but otherwise threw two solid innings to finish off the win. He struck out the very first batter he faced, which is a pretty good way to start your career.
Now, the Yankees only have one more game against the Orioles this season. The season series has been one-sided, but you can’t say it hasn’t been action packed.