On a night where it appeared that there were many more fans in Yankees regalia than fans in Orioles colors, the New Yorkers lived up to their Bronx Bombers moniker by defeating the Orioles 7-2 and hitting 5 homeruns in the process. If anyone turned on the MASN broadcast without knowing the game was being played in Oriole Park at Camden Yards they would have thought momentarily the game was in New York, that’s how much navy blue was in the stands. The only thing missing was the playing of the theme from New York New York after the game.
Orioles starter, southpaw Alexander Wells got a taste of what it could be like pitching in the American League East full-time. The Yankees took advantage of him, torching him for three homeruns, two that travelled 400 ft. or more. Those bombs were launched by Aaron Judge and Luke Voit. Wells lasted 4.0 innings and allowed 5 runs, all scored by the three aforementioned homeruns, on 7 hits while walking 1, striking out 3, hitting Anthony Rizzo with a pitch and suffering the loss.
Eric Hanhold (2.0 IP, 3 H) and Marcos Diplan (1.0 IP, 2 BB, 1 K) pitched the middle innings and managed to keep the Yankees in check. Spenser Watkins, who does not look like the pitcher who debuted back in July, was up next and was tagged for two homeruns in 2.0 innings of work. His final line was 2.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R.
While the Yankees scored all seven of their runs via the longball, the Orioles managed just two extra base hits among their six total hits.
Ryan Mountcastle (1 for 5, 1 RBI) hit a RBI double in the 5th inning and Cedric Mullins (1 for 5) doubled to lead-off the O’s half of the first inning.
Kelvin Gutierrez (1 for 4, 1 RBI) knocked in Austin Wynns (1 for 1, 1 run scored) in the ninth. Wynns was a 7th inning defensive substitution for Pedro Severino (0 for 3).
Adding injury to insult, Roberto Clemente Award nominee Trey Mancini left the game as a precaution in the 4th inning with abdominal soreness. There is no word yet as to whether Mancini will go on the IL and essentially end his 2021 season as Jorge Mateo and Tanner Scott did earlier in the day.
2021 Record: 46-98
Next Game: Wed. Sept. 15 @ 7:05pm
**AUTHOR’S NOTE: I realize the photo is from Wells time with the Baysox, it was taken by @weams and is being used in tribute to him **