Ellis throws 5 hitless innings in Orioles' 4-3 win over Yankees; Severino drives in winning run in 9th - BaltimoreBaseball.com

Rich Dubroff

Ellis throws 5 hitless innings in Orioles’ 4-3 win over Yankees; Severino drives in winning run in 9th

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NEW YORK—The Orioles had a combined no-hitter into the seventh inning, lost it and their three-run lead but managed to win a game against New York Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman in the ninth inning.

The Orioles loaded the bases with no outs against Chapman, and Pedro Severino’s sacrifice fly to left scored Ryan Mountcastle with the go-ahead run in a 4-3 win over the Yankees before an announced crowd of 34,571 at Yankee Stadium on Saturday.

Chapman (5-4) struck out Mountcastle, but the third strike was wild, and Mountcastle reached first. Austin Hays blooped a single to left, and Chapman walked Trey Mancini to load the bases.

Ramón Urias struck out looking before Severino flied to left to score Mountcastle.

Cole Sulser (4-3) recorded the final four outs for the Orioles (42-92), who had lost 15 of 17 in the Bronx.

After winning 13 in a row, their most since 1961, New York (78-57) has lost five of seven.

The Orioles won despite leaving 12 on base and going just 2-for-14 with runners in scoring position. They won primarily because five pitchers combined to allow the Yankees just three hits.

“I thought we pitched extremely well,” manager Brandon Hyde said. “We definitely hurt ourselves by not capitalizing more with runners in scoring position … it’s hard to win that way.”

Starter Chris Ellis pitched five hitless innings. In the first, leftfielder Ryan McKenna dropped Aaron Judge’s liner to left with two outs. Ellis walked Kyle Higashioka twice and, with two outs in the fifth, walked Tyler Wade. With runners on first and second, Ellis retired DJ LeMahieu on a popup to second.


Ellis threw 92 pitches and struck out two.

“It kind of flew by for me,” Ellis said. “It was one of those weird outings where Sevy was putting down all the right pitches. We felt like we made enough pitches to keep us in there. I threw a lot more pitches than I thought I did, but at least we’re in a spot to win the game.”

Ellis has allowed one run on two hits in 9 2/3 innings in his last two starts.

“That was a great start to the game for us,” Hyde said.

Tanner Scott retired all three batters he faced in the sixth, striking out Judge and Giancarlo Stanton for the second and third outs of the inning.

In the fourth, Mancini singled against Jordan Montgomery with one out, moved to third on a double by Severino, and scored on a wild pitch by Montgomery as Jorge Mateo walked.

Jahmai Jones and Cedric Mullins each doubled to begin the inning, and the Orioles led, 2-0. Andrew Velazquez, who played for the Orioles last year, made an excellent stop at shortstop on Mountcastle’s hard grounder, and Mullins took third.

Hays tapped a ball back to Yankees reliever Wandy Peralta, with Mullins running on contact. Peralta’s flip to Higashioka at the plate was not in time, and Mullins scored for a 3-0 lead.

Anthony Rizzo bounced to Jones at second to begin the seventh, and Jones booted the ball for an error as the no-hitter continued.

“I wouldn’t say I’m nervous,” Jones said. “It’s on everybody’s mind in the back of their heads, but the ultimate thing for me is getting a win. That’s what we did today, and that’s all I think about when I’m playing is how I can help this team win as many games as possible.”

After walking Brett Gardner, Scott was replaced by Marcos Diplán. Gary Sanchez flied to center, with Rizzo taking third. Gleyber Torres hit a grounder up the middle that Jones tried to backhand to the right of second, but he didn’t field it cleanly. Torres was awarded a hit.

“I think I should make that play,” Jones said. “I felt like I got to it with enough time. It would have been a tough play to either flip to [shortstop Jorge] Mateo or reach across and throw him out. I feel like anytime I get my glove on a ball, I should make a play, no matter where it is.”

Torres was on with the Yankees’ first hit, and Rizzo scored. Luke Voit grounded into a double play, with Mountcastle making an excellent scoop of Jones’ throw in the dirt. It kept the Orioles in front, 3-1, after seven.

DJ LeMahieu singled to lead off the seventh, and reliever Jorge López allowed Joey Gallo’s 31st home run to tie the score, 3-3.

Ellis has impressed the Orioles in his brief time, and the 29-year-old is thrilled to have a chance to start in the majors.

“Camden Yards is awesome, man, but when you come and pitch in Yankee Stadium, it’s surreal,” Ellis said. “It’s been a long journey to get here.”

With four weeks to go in the season, Ellis is excited.

“Man, I’m in The Show, dude,” Ellis said. “I’m on full go right now. My arm’s irrelevant right now. I feel great. Give me the ball. Let me go out there and chuck it. I know we’re going to put some runs and try to win as many ballgames as we can, man.”

Notes: Keegan Akin (2-8, 6.90 ERA) faces Corey Kluber (4-3, 3.61) on Sunday. … Hyde said he’d announce Monday’s starter on Sunday. … Ellis is the first Oriole starter to throw at least five hitless innings against the Yankees since Hoyt Wilhelm threw a no-hitter for the Orioles on September 20,1958. … Mancini reached base five times, equaling a career high.

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  1. millboy

    September 4, 2021 at 6:43 pm

    Good win today

  2. Buzz1979

    September 4, 2021 at 6:47 pm

    This Ellis seems like a cool dude. Can’t happen to a better guy than wife beater Chapman!

  3. The Bird1

    September 4, 2021 at 8:35 pm

    Amazing how solid pitching gives you a chance to win most days.

  4. Icterus fan

    September 4, 2021 at 9:31 pm

    Ellis has spark; enthusiasm.
    I hope his skill set allows him continued success.
    I’m rootin’ for him – we can use the optimism.

  5. Tileman

    September 5, 2021 at 8:24 am

    I’d rather see a guy like Ellis any day of the week. His talk and excitement in being at “The Show” is a breath of fresh air and I love it!!

  6. Baltimore Castaway

    September 5, 2021 at 9:05 am

    Ellis was developed by the Rays, we’ll gladly take him!

    • Rich Dubroff

      September 5, 2021 at 9:52 am

      The Rays were Ellis’ fifth organization, Mike.

      • Baltimore Castaway

        September 5, 2021 at 11:35 am

        I will bet that he learned how to become a successful pitcher there….not on his prior stops…

    • CalsPals

      September 5, 2021 at 11:45 am

      Thought the same exact thing…go O’s…

    • WorldlyView

      September 5, 2021 at 2:45 pm

      My question about Ellis: Was he put on waivers because he was deemed only the 15th best pitcher on the Rays’ roster or did he suddenly become masterful when he joined the Orioles? Either way, it would be mind-boggling.

      • Rich Dubroff

        September 5, 2021 at 4:29 pm

        Steve, as I’m sure you know, Ellis pitched four scoreless innings against the Orioles, and allowed one hit, and was designated for assignment because Tampa Bay needed to activate Ryan Yarbrough. Tampa Bay has nine pitchers on the injured list (both 10-day and 60-day) and they have so many good pitchers.

        His minor league numbers with the Rays, his fifth organization, weren’t great this year (1-5 with a 6.32 ERA at Triple-A Durham). The game that he pitched against the Orioles was the only one he pitched for the Rays, and just his second overall. It’s a great story, and let’s see where it takes us.

        • WorldlyView

          September 5, 2021 at 9:55 pm

          I think you are going with the second option: changing teams unleashed his inner talents. Yes?

    • Rich Dubroff

      September 6, 2021 at 8:05 am

      It’s only been three starts, Steve. Far too early for any conclusions, but it’s a neat story so far.

  7. millboy

    September 5, 2021 at 9:12 am

    Great to hear that Ellis appreciates this opportunity and shows with that enthusiasm

  8. NormOs

    September 5, 2021 at 9:38 am

    Can anyone tell me why this manager of a really bad team would take out a pitcher after 5 innings that was pitchin a no no? What could happen? The O’s could lose another game? I don’t care about what would have happened if Ellis continued, on this team wins are so rare that it doesn’t matter. The kid should have been “alloiwed” to give up a hit. Over- management at it’s weirdest. Hyde and Elias, they deserve each other.

    • Baltimore Castaway

      September 5, 2021 at 9:47 am


      Have to take up for Hyde on this one. Ellis was going great through the fourth inning and then it became very apparent that he had run out-of-gas. He could no longer locate any of his pitches, he had thrown 92 pitches and was pretty-much done.

      With a team in such dire need of capable Starting Pitchers, he did the right thing by taking him out. He will now (hopefully) be able to take the mound every five days until the end of the season.

      Was watching the game and I saw no signs of resistance from him or his teammates either..

      • Boog Robinson Robinson

        September 5, 2021 at 10:35 am

        And about 3 weeks ago, we were hoping Watkins would take the mound every fifth day, and before it was Watkins it was ….and so forth and so on.

        Let’s see how Ellis responds in his next start before the annointing oil is broken out.

      • NormOs

        September 5, 2021 at 11:12 am

        I still say he should have been the one to give up the first hit and the team, I believe, is not contending for a playoff spot. What could happen? Ellis would pithch into the sixth and get a sore arm? Old School Reminder: Palmer pitch over 200 pitches in one game and pitched for 19 years. Are they making pitchers more fragile today? How many of these 5/6 inning pitchers are going to get in the HOF?

    • Orial

      September 5, 2021 at 10:27 am

      I don’t hold that against Hyde at all–I hold that against the new way this modern day game is played.

    • CalsPals

      September 5, 2021 at 11:46 am

      Agree 100% with Norm & Orial on this one…go O’s…

  9. Orial

    September 5, 2021 at 10:51 am

    As impressed as I am with the O’s lately I’m very unimpressed with the Yankees. They don’t even belong in the same room as the Rays. Of course now that I’ve said that they’ll win 12-1 today. Interesting how a small housecleaning(Franco/Fry) and a personal adjustment(Lopez–regardless of yesterday)has put the ship back on course. Jones playing a little tight right now. Hopefully he’ll relax. O’s/mgt are kind of in a quagmire with developing these younger players at the big league level. They need consistent playing time to develope/audition yet there’s a few too many that need playing time that consistency is hard to come by. Names like Jones,Mateo,McKenna,Hays,Guttierrez come to mind. Gary Sanchez kinda makes Severino look like Johnny Bench. Fun team to watch lately–even if I’m temporarily stuck watching the Yankees broadcast. Speaking of that–heard on WFAN Yankees radio broadcast yesterday color analyst Susan Waldmen state that the O’s have a rookie on the mound making his major league debut. It was Diplan’. Only in NY. Glad to see they do their homework. Curious to see if this new found groove continues today for Akin.

  10. ClayDal

    September 5, 2021 at 12:45 pm

    Question about the Hoyt Wilhelm reference. Daniel Cabrera once threw 8 1/3 no hit innings against the Yankees. Robinson Cano got the only hit. Sure that other Oriole pitchers went 5 or more no hit innings against the Yankees over the last 63 years. But they weren’t taken out of the game and eventually lost the no hitter

  11. EkimC

    September 5, 2021 at 2:13 pm

    Changing the subject to today’s pitcher (Akin), you can’t say I haven’t warned you about him and his inconsistency . After his last start there were some comments about his finding “the light switch”, or something akin (pun intended) to it. Akin is Akin and there’s no way around it. From Bowie to Norfolk and on to Baltimore… it’s always the same… like Forest Gump’s infamous box of chocolates, you never know what you’re going to get. One thing for sure, don’t count on him… just saying…

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