The Yankees set a record tonight, and then some. They crushed five homers after hitting six yesterday, and have now hit 52 home runs against the Orioles this season, four more than any other team has hit against another club in a year. It’s a bit of niche record, but it underscores the obvious; the Yankees have crushed the Orioles in 2019. They’ve taken care of business against a team they should expect to dominate.
The Yankees ran their winning streak to eight games with the 14-2 blowout. With a weekend series against the Blue Jays coming up, ahead of another series against the Orioles, the Yankees will have every chance to extend this red-hot run.
Winner(s) of the Game
It’s Gio Urshela’s world, and we’re just living in it. The third baseman can do no wrong, as he was elevated to number three in the batting order and delivered with a pair of home runs and four RBI:
Gio not missing a beat. pic.twitter.com/aS82pRkSOW— New York Yankees (@Yankees) August 8, 2019
Of course, Urshela wasn’t the only replacement to explode tonight. Kyle Higashioka rocked a pair of home runs as well, while Cameron Maybin had a home run among four hits. Amidst all this carnage, it’s easy to forget that we should mention James Paxton, who turned in a second straight strong start, limiting the Orioles to just a Trey Mancini solo shot across 6.2 innings.
Loser of the Game
Uh, perhaps the Yankees as a whole, for yielding two runs instead of just shutting out the Orioles? Or maybe those of us that were certain Mike Tauchman would continue his run of highlight-worthy performances (Tauchman merely reached base twice via walk in five plate appearances)? This is a space that’s best left blank after 12-run victories that push winning streaks toward double digits.