After a lengthy losing streak, the Baltimore Orioles brought it when it counted and got three consecutive wins against the New York Yankees.
The best part is that the Baltimore Orioles got their wins with the arms of their newest and youngest pitchers.
The Friday win went to Jorge Lopez who had his second start of the season. Then, on Saturday, Keegan Akin held the Yanks to three hits, and Dillon Tate earned the win. And, on Sunday, Dean Kremer only allowed one run in six innings in his MLB debut.
Against. The. Yankees.
Kremer actually made several Yankees look rather foolish in his seven strike outs. His first MLB K was against DJ LeMahieu. Enjoy that, and several others, thanks to MLB.com.
DJ Stewart repeated his home-run-hitting ways against Yankees pitching and earned his third home run of the season. Like Saturday night, Stewart took advantage of the first pitch and sent it flying. This time, he did it with Hanser Alberto on base, giving the Orioles an immediate 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first.
The Yankees scored their only run in the second inning after Kremer got into a bit of trouble with a couple of walks, a single, an RBI out. That was it for the Yankees scoring.
All of the runs came from the batters in the top five spots, but the whole team contributed with the end of the order batters adding RBI numbers to their stats. Stewart, Pedro Severino, and Rio Ruiz each recorded two hits, but Stewart had the only Orioles extra-base hit on the day.
The AL East can thank the Orioles for knocking the Yankees to the third slot in the standings. Sadly, at 19-21, the Orioles are in fourth. The Rays are securely in first with a 28-13 record.
Of course, beating the Yankees always feels good, but the best part was that the Orioles defeated some of the best pitchers on their team. Getting a win against Gerrit Cole is tough, and getting consecutive wins against both Cole and Masahiro Tanaka is tougher.
Hopefully the Orioles will be able to ride the good feelings through Monday into Tuesday. They face the Mets at Citi Field at 7:05 ET. In a repeat of the September 2 game against the Mets at Camden Yards, John Means faces Michael Wacha. Last time, Wacha got the win with a 9-4 score. Hopefully, Means has a better day in New York.