The New York Yankees traded in the potentially harmful confines of Citizens Bank Park, for the always welcoming Camden Yards on Wednesday night. And boy are they thrilled about it, with the Yankees defeating the Orioles 9 to 3.
Originally scheduled to take on the Philadelphia Phillies in a three-game set with the final game coming tonight, the series had to be postponed to curve a potential COVID-19 outbreak. The Marlins, who now have 16 players and two staff members testing positive for COVID-19, last played in Philly. As a result of Miami and Baltimore’s series being canceled, New York worked it out to head to Baltimore for a two-game series.
Last season, the Yankees enjoyed immense amounts of success against the Orioles, winning the season series 17-2. At every chance, New York’s bats came alive, and in the team’s first meeting against Baltimore this season, it was no different.
Second baseman DJ LeMahieu kicked things off with a solo homer in the first at-bat of the game, and first baseman Mike Ford hit a sacrifice fly bringing in Aaron Judge. The Orioles would respond with a run in the bottom of the first inning, but their bats would remain quiet until the seventh inning.
Gerrit Cole made his second start as a Yankee, and while he did not fare as well as his he did in his first game, Cole didn’t disappoint. Cole went 6.2 innings, giving up four hits, three runs, all earned while striking out seven. His record now stands 2-0 with a 3.09 ERA.
After hitting 61 home runs against the Orioles in 2019, New York picked up where they left off. Aside from LeMahieu, Judge hit a solo shot in the third, followed by Aaron Hicks knocking in a two-run shot only two batters later.
LeMahieu once again showed why he is on one of the biggest steals of a contract in all of the MLB, gathering four hits in five at-bats, scoring two runs, and driving in two more.
New York’s bullpen flexed its muscles after Cole departed in the seventh inning, with Luis Avilan, Chad Green and, Brooks Kriske pitching a combined 2.1 innings, giving up only one hit while striking out three and allowing zero runs.
For the Orioles, Dwight Smith Jr. had the most significant impact on the game, smacking a two-run home run off of Cole in the seventh, leading to Yankees manager Aaron Boone to pull Cole.
The Yankees now stand 3-1 on the season while Baltimore falls to 2-2, with both teams set to complete the two-game series tomorrow night. Lefty J.A. Happ is scheduled to make his first start of the season, with the first pitch set for 7:05 PM EST.