With new a Mr. Splash all weekend and a franchise record in a national television game. Let's recap the last regular season series against the New York Yankees.
Baltimore Orioles win exciting series against New York Yankees
Make everyday a win: NYY 0-1 BAL
July 28th is a special day for Orioles fans. A day to remember the O's superfan, Mo Gaba, who died in 2020. Every 7/28 is 'Mo Gaba Day' since 2021. In these games, Baltimore beat the lowest W-L record in MLB history (Marlins) and gave a Trey Mancini his special moment in Camden Yards with a inside-the-park Home Run in his last at-bat at OPACY.
For 2023, it was the New York Yankees and a 1:35 rain delay for Mo Gaba day. An old school game with both teams relying on their pitchers. For the O's, Grayson Rodriguez delivered his best game so far (6.1 IP, 3 H, 2 BB, 4 K). For the Evil Empire, Gerrit Cole was Gerrit Cole (7.0 IP, 3 H, 5 K). The game was going to extras until Anthony Slamtander crushed a 2-0 changeup to right-center field. Orioles win!
Something is wrong: NYY 8-3 BAL
In the second game, Ryan Mountcastle remind us that he can smash righties, too. With a 2-1 lead after two innings, the nightmare started. Firstly, another short outing by Tyler Wells. Since the all-star break, he appears to have lost his control and command (0-2, 9.0 IP, 10 H, 11 ER, 4 HR, 9 BB, 8 K). Against NY, he didn't complete three full innings of work (2.2 IP, 3 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, K, 2 HR). The next day, he was demoted to AA to fix his issues.
After that, the bullpen couldn't help. The four-run sixth inning by the Yankees sealed the game. Courtesy by Cole Irvin and Bryan Baker. Kyle Higashioka, a .229 hitter, finished with three hits. The Baltimore offense had five hits all game. Not good in a national television.
That Sunday Night Baseball: NYY 3-9 BAL
For the first time since 2018, the Baltimore Orioles played in Sunday Night Baseball. In back-to-back national television games, the Orioles made a statment against his rival. The game appeared over after first with a seven-run lead in 11 at-bats. Adam Frazier delivered an Earl Weaver special and the first out by Luis Severino came against Ramon Urias, the seventh batter to hit.
For Baltimore, Dean Kremer didn't help. The righty worked on high counts and even with a seven run lead, he struggled. Loading the bases (escaped for the jam, by the way) and a run in the fifth, Kremer didn't qualify for the win (4+ IP, 7 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 7 K). Mike Baumann came from relief and won his eighth game of the season. Overall, the Orioles pitchers finished with 18 strikeouts. A franchise record for strikeouts in a 9-inning game. Sounds good.