BALTIMORE—Manager Brandon Hyde was frustrated and candid after a second straight night of watching the New York Yankees hit multiple home run against his Oriole pitchers.
After surrendering five home runs to the Yankees on Monday night, the Orioles gave up six more in their 9-4 loss on Tuesday.
“It sucks. It’s not even the big boys, either, which is pretty scary,” Hyde said. “They have a ton of power that’s not even in their lineup and they’ve hit 11 homers in two nights.”
The Yankees are playing without Edwin Encarnacion, Gary Sanchez and Giancarlo Stanton, home run hitters all. Gleyber Torres, who has 10 homers against the Orioles, left the game with a core injury.
“So, the other guys are hitting homers off our pitchers. It just shows you how long we have to go to be a competitive team in the American League East, to have the pitching to be able to compete. Their guys are just way better than our guys.”
It was the 11th consecutive game they’ve allowed multiple home runs in a game, extending their major league record. It was also the Orioles’ 11th consecutive loss to the Yankees this season, and their 14th straight at Oriole Park.
“This is a results business,” Hyde said “If you’re going to pitch here, you’ve got to be able to keep the ball in the ballpark. Our numbers don’t lie, what we have. They’re setting all kinds of home runs given up records. ERAs are unbelievably inflated. We just have a long way to go.
“I don’t know what else to say. It’s hard to watch. It’s tough, but you do the best you can and try to get guys better, but we’re not close.”
Asher Wojciechowski, who hadn’t allowed more than four runs or two homers in his previous six starts with the Orioles, allowed five runs and three home runs—all in the third inning.
Wojciechowski allowed back-to-back home runs by Mike Tauchman and DJ LeMahieu in the third. It was Tauchman’s third blast in his last three at-bats. He homered in his final two plate appearances in Monday’s 9-6 New York win.
“I mean, it’s a really good lineup, but it’s just like any big league lineup,” Wojciechowski said. “You’ve just got to execute pitches. I hung a few sliders, kept a couple fastballs in the heart of the plate. So, I’ve just got to do a better job executing those pitches. That’s why I got hurt.”
Tauchman prevented a Pedro Severino home run when he made a running, leaping catch in front of the left field wall, appearing to touch his glove against the hands of a fan wearing a Yankees jersey who thought he might get a souvenir.
“He made a great play,” Severino said. “I just tried to put the barrel on the ball and see what happened. He jumped like Michael Jordan right there. I don’t see anybody jump that high, especially with the wall right there.”
Two batters after LeMahieu’s home run, Didi Gregorius hit a home run down the right-field line that landed on Eutaw Street in right, giving the Yankees a 3-0 lead. The ball took one bounce before hitting an awning on the warehouse.
Jonathan Villar, who became the fifth Oriole to hit for the cycle and the first in nearly 10 years on Monday, tripled in the third to score Richie Martin. Villar scored on Trey Mancini’s grounder.
Wojciechowski gave up a two-run double to catcher Austin Romine, another Yankee who’s hammered the Orioles, in the fourth, his final inning.
The Yankees started Jonathan Holder as an opener. He worked 2 2/3 innings, allowing two runs. Stephen Tarpley, a one-time Orioles farmhand, gave up a two-run home run to Anthony Santander in the fifth, and the Orioles were within 5-4. He also was the benefactor of Tauchman’s exceptional play.
Romine homered against reliever Tayler Scott in the sixth to pad the Yankees’ lead to 6-4.
Nestor Cortes, a Rule 5 draft pick by the Orioles in December 2017, who pitched briefly for the team last season, threw 2 1/3 scoreless innings, allowing just one hit for his fifth win without a loss.
Tauchman added an RBI double in the eighth, and Davis Hess allowed consecutive home runs to Brett Gardner and Cameron Maybin in the ninth inning.
The Orioles are on their way to setting a major league record for most home runs allowed in a season. They’ve given up 229. In 2016, the Cincinnati Reds allowed 258.
The last time the Orioles didn’t allow at least two home runs in a game was on July 25 when they won a 16-inning game against the Los Angeles Angels.
Stewart’s concussion: DJ Stewart’s return to the major leagues didn’t even last four innings. Just over two months after he suffered a sprained right ankle on June 4 after a collision with teammate Hanser Alberto, Mike Ford hit a shallow fly ball to left that hit Stewart on the head in the top of the fourth inning. Stewart appeared to slip on the wet grass as he came in on the ball and lost sight of it after he went down.
Stewart remained in the game on defense, but appeared to be in pain. Jace Peterson pinch-hit for him in the bottom of the fourth.
“He had a big welt on the side of his face,” Hyde said.
Hyde said that he suffered a concussion and is headed for the seven-day concussion injury list.
Another rain delay: As the Yankees were preparing to take batting practice, an unexpected storm hit downtown Baltimore, causing flooding. The rain also flooded the warning track, and the game’s start was delayed for 1 hour, 12 minutes. Orioles games have been delayed by 12 hours, 21 minutes this season.
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