Hays hits game-winner, Mountcastle hits rookie record home run in Orioles' 3-2, 10-inning win over Yankees - BaltimoreBaseball.com

Rich Dubroff

Hays hits game-winner, Mountcastle hits rookie record home run in Orioles’ 3-2, 10-inning win over Yankees

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BALTIMORE—The Orioles were about to lose their 100th game, and then they caught a break. Two wild pitches by New York Yankees pitcher Clay Holmes in the bottom of the ninth sent the game into extra innings, and the Orioles didn’t waste the opportunity.

In the bottom of the 10th, after reliever Cole Sulser had shut down the Yankees for a second inning, a perfectly placed bunt by Richie Martin set up Austin Hays’ bases-loaded single to give the Orioles a  3-2 win over the Yankees before an announced crowd of 20,164 — many of whom had come for a postgame concert featuring the Avett Brothers — at Camden Yards.

In the bottom of the ninth, DJ Stewart singled with one out. Kelvin Gutiérrez pinch-ran for him, moved to second on a wild pitch by Holmes, to third on Pat Valaika’s grounder to third and scored on another Holmes’ wild pitch. Catcher Austin Wynns struck out for the fourth time to force extra innings.

In the bottom of the 10th, Jahmai Jones ran for Wynns as the automatic runner at second. With New York first baseman Anthony Rizzo playing about 40 feet from home, Martin dropped a bunt down the third base line for a single.

Before his at-bat, manager Brandon Hyde told Martin what the left-handed Rizzo would do, and that he likes to throw to third in that situation. Hyde was a coach when Rizzo played for the Chicago Cubs.

“I don’t think anybody realizes how hard of a bunt that is because of Rizzo,” Hyde said. “Huge play by Richie, and a great bunt.”

Cedric Mullins was intentionally walked by Wandy Peralta (5-4). Ryan Mountcastle chased a pitch out of the strike zone for the first out. Peralta went to 3-and-0 on Hays before getting a strike on a changeup. Hays thought Peralta might throw a second one and singled to left to score Jones.

The win ended a five-game losing streak for the Orioles (47-99). They had let the previous night’s game get away in the ninth when the Yankees scored twice after the Orioles had taken a one-run lead in the bottom of the eighth.

“Last night hurts, but we’re playing against a team that’s very, very talented and has high expectations, and for us to play back-to-back games, playing toe-to-toe with these guys here for the last two nights, I’m very proud of that,” Hyde said.

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Mountcastle set Orioles history with his 29th home run, passing Cal Ripken Jr. for most homers by an Orioles rookie.

“I would never have thought I would have done it, to be honest,” Mountcastle said.

He said his family were mostly Oriole fans because of Ripken.

“It’s pretty crazy to be in the same company as him,” Mountcastle said.

“It’s an amazing accomplishment for a young player anytime you’re passing a player like Cal Ripken Jr.,” Hyde said. “Ryan’s had a special season, a great rookie year.”

Chris Ellis, who allowed just one hit in five innings to the Yankees on September 4th, had a rockier start this time. In 4 2/3 innings, he allowed two runs on three hits, walking four and striking out three.

Joey Gallo hit 35th home run with one out in the second. After walks to Gary Sánchez and Tyler Wade, Gio Urshela’s double scored Sánchez to give the Yankees a 2-0 lead.

Fernando Abad replaced Ellis with Stanton on first and two outs in the fifth. Rizzo doubled against Abad, sending Stanton to third. Gleyber Torres was walked intentionally to load the bases before Gallo flied to center.

Sulser (5-4), Fernando Abad, Dillon Tate and Conner Greene combined for 5 1/3 scoreless innings.

Jordan Montgomery struck out 12 Orioles in 5 2/3 innings, allowing only Mountcastle’s home run to lead off the sixth, on six hits.

The Orioles, who struck out 16 times in Wednesday night’s loss, equaled their season-high with 17 strikeouts in 10 innings. They struck out 45 times in the three-game series.

Notes: Right-handed pitcher Brooks Kriske was acquired on waivers from the Yankees. Kriske was optioned to Triple-A Norfolk. He was 1-1 with a 15.09 ERA in 12 games for New York in 2020 and 2021. To make room on the 40-man roster, the Orioles transferred right-hander Jorge López from the 10-day to 60-day injured list. López has a sprained right ankle. … The Orioles begin a three-game series at Fenway Park against the Boston Red Sox on Friday. Keegan Akin (2-9, 6.83 ERA) will start for the Orioles. Boston has yet to name its starter. Zac Lowther (0-2, 9.92) and Nick Pivetta (9-7, 4.55) are scheduled to pitch Saturday. Alexander Wells (1-3, 7.76) will pitch Sunday… Triple-A Norfolk catcher Nick Ciuffo will be on the taxi squad for the road trip.  …Trey Mancini (sore oblique) and Pedro Severino (upper leg/groin) sat out for the second straight game. … After the game, the Orioles optioned Jones to Triple-A Norfolk.

Hyde on losing: Before the game, Hyde was asked about losing 100 games.

“Every loss hurts,” Hyde said. “Hopefully soon we’re going to turn this around and not have 100-loss seasons. It’s tough to stomach. It’s hard to go through. Throwing last year out, ’19 and ’21 have been extremely challenging. It’s hard on everyone. Whether it’s loss 90 or loss 100 or loss 105, it’s a bad feeling.”

Minor league update: Cody Sedlock allowed nine runs, seven earned, on eight hits in two innings as Norfolk lost to the  Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp, 10-3. Sedlock (1-3), the Orioles’ top selection in the 2016 draft, walked four and struck out three.

Designated hitter Kyle Stowers hit a two-run home run, his third, and third baseman Tyler Nevin hit his 15th.

Shortstop Jordan Westburg had two hits as Double-A Bowie saw its 10-game winning streak snapped with a 3-2 loss to Altoona. Garrett Stallings (2-3) allowed three runs on two hits in five innings.

Bowie second baseman Terrin Vavra has been placed on the injured list because of a hip injury.

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19 Comments

19 Comments

  1. dlgruber1

    September 17, 2021 at 12:49 am

    O’s have shown some real moxie the last couple nights. These games mean everything to the Yanks and they were an inning away from taking 2 of 3. I give Hyde a lot of credit, as well as the players, for continuing to play hard. Of course it helps that they’re playing for their futures, but stillI it’s good to see. I noticed AR didn’t play in the Norfolk game. Was he just given the night off?

    • Rich Dubroff

      September 17, 2021 at 6:43 am

      Day game after night game.

  2. CalsPals

    September 17, 2021 at 7:34 am

    Confused on Sedlocks outing, allowed 9 runs seven earned & Norfolk won the game 10-3, doesn’t Sedlock pitch for Norfolk?…go O’s…

    • Bhoffman1

      September 17, 2021 at 7:39 am

      A little overworked like thinking I said that McCoy was the best prospect when I was talking about AR. Still we are very lucky to have Rich and to me in someways his job is harder then Hyde’s having to remain positive day in day out in his writing

    • Rich Dubroff

      September 17, 2021 at 8:10 am

      Thank you for catching the error. Norfolk lost. Flying to Boston, will correct as soon as I can.

    • CalsPals

      September 17, 2021 at 8:11 am

      Gotcha, not a problem, just thought it didn’t add up, thx & go O’s…

    • Rich Dubroff

      September 17, 2021 at 8:12 am

      Bruce, I was joking about McCoy, but thanks for the kind words.

    • Bhoffman1

      September 17, 2021 at 9:17 am

      Your welcome. I see they sent down Jones he looked so overmatched at the plate. It would be nice to see one of the trade guys make it. Rule 5 guys are producing more then guys we traded our so called core for.

    • Rich Dubroff

      September 17, 2021 at 9:20 am

      Bruce, I think Jones got sent down so they could temporarily add a catcher with Severino hurt, and I think it’s Ciuffo. We’ll see later if I’m right.

      • Rich Dubroff

        September 17, 2021 at 7:27 pm

        Bruce, I wasn’t right.

  3. CalsPals

    September 17, 2021 at 7:36 am

    Congrats to Mountcastle, surpassing ‘82 ROY Ripken, don’t think he gets a fair shake in the voting, especially compiling his stats in the AL East against all potential play off teams…go O’s…

  4. Icterus fan

    September 17, 2021 at 8:02 am

    Mountcastle has a sweet swing, and outwardly seems like a great guy. No bat flips or outward arrogance. Seems to be teachable and humble.
    Not sure of the terms of his contract, but he needs an extension.

    • Rich Dubroff

      September 17, 2021 at 8:11 am

      Marty, he’s still in minimum salary, and will be for the next two seasons.

      • willmiranda

        September 17, 2021 at 10:23 am

        Excellent argument for a new CBA, Rich. This is symptomatic of more than a loophole.

    • CalsPals

      September 17, 2021 at 8:14 am

      Agree, clean cut, wears his uniform the right way, does the team thing, seems genuine with his teammates…doesn’t need to be a crazy contract, but I believe the O’s have quite a few yrs of control yet so nothing will happen…go O’s…

  5. 33d St

    September 17, 2021 at 8:16 am

    Nice to get a win! At least we don’t go into ‘22 with a losing streak against the Yankees to deal with. Those things weigh on guys’ minds even if they try to say it doesn’t. Congrats to the O’s on battling the way they did the past couple nights. At this point it’s all we can ask.

  6. CanOfCorn

    September 17, 2021 at 8:35 am

    Great win! Congrats to Ryan Mountcastle, fun watching him play! Super perfect bunt Richie Martin! Can’t believe MLB Quickpitch doesn’t have that bunt in great play segment.

  7. OriolesNumber1Fan

    September 17, 2021 at 4:00 pm

    Congrats to Ryan Mountcastle on passing Cal Ripken for rookie home runs by an Oriole. However, per this article quote “Cedric Mullins was intentionally walked by Wandy Peralta (5-4). Ryan Mountcastle chased a pitch out of the strike zone for the first out. Peralta went to 3-and-0 on Hays before getting a strike on a changeup. Hays thought Peralta might throw a second one and singled to left to score Jones.” unquote. I have seen this specific incident, what Rich was talking about and seen this happen multiple times, too many to count when Mountcastle chases pitches out of the strike zone and gets himself out. When he stops chasing and becomes more selective, is when he will become a super star and a .330 BA hitter with 30-40 HR, 120 RBI’s in this league. He needs to understand that the more he swings at pitches out of the strike zone and expands his hitting zone, the more a pitcher will keep throwing it out of the strike zone and he will not get good pitches (cookies) to hit!

  8. Phil770

    September 18, 2021 at 8:31 am

    I may be wrong, but he seems more anxious in clutch situations, plus almost always swings at the 1st pitch anywhere close.

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