The Baltimore Orioles dropped both games in Wednesday’s doubleheader and had no answer for Gleyber Torres, an unsolvable problem for the O’s.
After back-to-back rainouts on Monday and Tuesday night in New York, the Baltimore Orioles finally returned to the field Wednesday afternoon for a doubleheader against their American League East rival, the New York Yankees. Unfortunately, the excitement surrounding two games of baseball on a hump day quickly faded.
Once again, New York hitters feasted on Baltimore starting pitching, powering their way to five home runs in back-to-back victories for the Bronx Bombers, taking game one by a score of 5-3 and game two, 3-1.
David Hess fell to 1-5 on the year and raised his ERA to 5.58 after giving up four home runs in his six innings of work during game one. His six strikeouts to one walk was a fantastic sight, but four solo bombs proved to be too much for the Orioles to rebound from. He has now given up 14 home runs in 40 innings this season. Giving Hess the biggest fit of the night was Yankees’ shortstop, Gleyber Torres.
Torres hit home runs in the second and fourth inning, giving the second-year player seven home runs on the young season. But he wasn’t done after game one. Torres managed just one hit in game two, yet another solo home run, this time off Baltimore Orioles starting pitcher Andrew Cashner. In total, Torres’ three home runs traveled, 1,210 feet and nearly matched the total number of runs scored by the Orioles in both games (four).
Torres has appeared in just 163 games in his career, but I think it’s safe to say he loves playing against the Baltimore Orioles, as many power hitters do. Once he mashed his third home run of the day, my immediate response was “how many home runs does this guy have against the O’s in his career” in between multiple expletives and exaggerated arm movements as I whined and whithered on my couch.
It didn’t take me long to find out. Waiting for me on when I opened up Twitter was this tweet from Yankees’ beat writer for The Athletic, Lindsey Adler.
Those are absurd numbers. Torres has played 19 games against the Orioles, more than any other team. His slash line is now .386/.457/.843 with a 1.300 OPS after the conclusion of yesterday’s doubleheader. More than half of his 27 hits (14) have gone for extra bases, with nine of them going over the outfield wall.
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Just this season, Torres has played eight games against Baltimore and has a hit in every single one. Check out his ridiculous game logs:
- 1/3 with a walk
- 2/4 with a run scored
- 2/5 with a double
- 4/4 with 2 HR, 1 2B, 2 R, 4 RBI
- 1/2 with 2 BB
- 2/5 with 1 HR, 1 2B, 1 BB, 3 R
- 2/4 with 2 HR, 2 RBI, 2 R
- 1/4 with 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 R
This comes out to a .484 average, 543 OBP, and 1.704 OPS. Free advice to Brandon Hyde and the Orioles- stop pitching to Gleyber Torres, thanks.
Baltimore doesn’t get much a break. After a four-game set against the Cleveland Indians, which starts on Thursday evening, the Orioles return home on Monday for a four-game set against the Yankees. It’s the last time the two teams will square off against each other until August 5th.