The Baltimore Orioles plans changed quickly as the Miami Marlins were not available to play at home and Camden Yards.
Instead, the Baltimore Orioles had to face AL East rival Yankees and their ace, Gerrit Cole.
Cole did what he normally does, and the Orioles had a tough time getting on base. That is, until the 7th inning.
The Orioles struck quickly in the first inning, getting a run in after a Austin Hays had a lead-off walk and Jose Iglesias continued his hitting streak with a double over right fielder Aaron Judge‘s head. After that, Cole kicked it into high gear and held the O’s scoreless until Dwight Smith Jr.hit a home run in the seventh. Fortunately, for the O’s, Renato Nunez was on base.
The Orioles ended the night with 3 runs, and they gave up 9 to the Pinstripes. The Yankees bullpen was good, as expected. After Cole finished his 6.2 innings, the Yankees pen held the Orioles to one hit. Cole only gave up four hits, and he earned all three runs.
The Orioles pitching squad struggled. Asher Wojciechowski had the flow going strong, but his pitching was mediocre. He struck out seven Yankees (Cole K’d seven O’s), but he gave up two solo home runs and one two-run dinger. The first home run, belonging to DJ LeMahieu, was on the second pitch of the game. The other two home runs were in the third inning. Judge hit his on a 1-2 count to lead off the third. Then, Giancarlo Stanton walked before Aaron Hicks knocked him in on a home run. The “Aarons” were a force in this game.
The highlight of the game happened before the start of the game. The Orioles took the field to honor superfan Mo Gaba who passed away on Tuesday night after a life-long battle with cancer. Honestly, I don’t know how there was a dry eye in the stadium as a video about the 14-year-old played on the big screen.
It was great to see Jose Iglesias get another hit. He currently has a four-game hitting streak going. Smith’s home run was a great way for the hitter to show that he’s feeling good in 2020. He had one at-bat in the July 24 Opening Day game in Boston. That home run might help him get more time in the outfield.
Otherwise, it was a show of a team full of skilled veterans playing a team of hungry youngsters. The Orioles weren’t bad, they were just outplayed.
The Yankees stay in Baltimore for a Thursday night game at 7:05 PM ET. John Means is expected to make his 2020 debut against J.A. Happ.