Baltimore Orioles Swept Out of Yankee Stadium in Four Losses
The Baltimore Orioles did not have a good weekend in the Bronx against the Yankees.
After a surprising successful Labor Day series against the Yankees, the Baltimore Orioles struggled to get runs on the board in this weekend’s four-game series.
The only runs the Yankees seemed to allow were the extra-base-hit variety. Of the three Orioles runs scored this weekend in four games, one was on an RBI double, the other two were home runs.
Ryan Mountcastle scored Hanser Alberto in the RBI double on Sunday afternoon. Renato Nunez and DJ Stewart hit the home runs. Nunez hit his on Saturday and Stewart hit his on Friday in the second game of the double header.
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Problematic pitching and a lack of hitting were the big problems for the Orioles. The lopsided weekend had the Yankees scoring 21 runs to the Orioles 3. That can’t happen without Yankees batters taking advantage of pitching mistakes. Ironically, the Yankees had fielding errors in all four games, the Orioles had none.
There were a few pitching highlights throughout the weekend. First, Dean Kremer proved that his first outing against the Yankees wasn’t a fluke. He went five innings and only gave up one run, while striking out seven. John Means also excelled on Sunday afternoon going six innings and also giving up one run. These performances were significantly better than the disappointing outings from Alex Cobb and Keegan Akin on Friday.
There were also a handful of defensive highlights. Cedric Mullins made a highlight-reel-worthy diving catch on Sunday afternoon. Stewart made a sliding catch on Saturday afternoon. And, Jose Iglesias and Hanser Alberto showcased their fast hands with a double play on Friday.
At this point in the season, with two weeks left, the Orioles are not going to be in the playoffs. With the .444 winning percentage, they are just outside of the eight-team cutoff. Prior to the sad play in New York, the Yankees were just 1.5 games ahead of the O’s. Now, they are firmly 4.5 games ahead.
With four series left to play, the Orioles cannot have anymore sweeps. They play three against the Braves, five against the Rays, then they play the Red Sox and Blue Jays. It’s going to be a tough final two weeks for the Orioles, especially if they cannot get their offense going.
The Rays and Braves are both sitting at the top of their respective divisions. And, we all know that the Blue Jays practically owned the O’s in their previous meetings.
The 2020 Orioles are tough to figure out. As soon as we think they are one of the better teams in the game, they show that they aren’t. If their goal is to play with their fans’ emotions, they are certainly succeeding.