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Friday, December 09, 2022

The Orioles beat the Yankees 9-6, ending a six-game losing streak on Anthony Santander’s 3-run walk-off homer in left field

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For all the talk of the wall, how difficult it was to hit a ball, Anthony Santander proved in the biggest moment Thursday afternoon that it can be done.

With two runners on base at the bottom of the ninth inning, Santander turned on an internal cutter, scoring a three-run home run on that left-field wall for his first career walk-off, a 9–6 victory for the Orioles. terminated. Avoided a six-game losing streak and a four-game sweep against the New York Yankees.

“stunning!” When asked how the long ball sounded, Santander shouted, defying the need for an interpreter.

Earlier in the inning, a throwing error by Yankees third baseman Josh Donaldson allowed Austin Hays to reach first base, and an out single from Trey Mancini on the 10th pitch of his at-bat brought Santander to the plate. Santander had already doubled twice and gone once on Thursday, and he didn’t need to look much further than the first pitch cutter under hands. When he reached home plate, blue Gatorade baths were waiting for him among the players.

And then Santander pointed his fingers skyward – he had broken a six-game skid that started against the Detroit Tigers last Friday.

“It’s been a tough stretch,” said manager Brandon Hyde. “We played great in St. Louis. We don’t swing the bat well in Detroit, there was some good pitching there. We lost two games of a run here against the Yankees and then went on to win the last game of the series. Hopefully we can go ahead and start taking such batsmen.

Santander’s blast limited an offensive for Baltimore (15–24), who had not scored six or more runs since May 9. And it was covered for a blow save from right-hander Jorge López, one of the few cracks from the bullpen. Year.

Three runs in the ninth matched the blast of the sixth innings, which also started with Santander. He opened sixth with a walk and was followed by shortstop Jorge Mateo, arriving via an intervention call from a catcher. Tyler Nevin’s single scored another and Cedric Mullins’ sacrificial fly scored another. Nevin tagged up on Mullins’ deep fly, moving from first to second, a sensible play that proved valuable.

That bit base running set up an RBI single from Rogad Odor, leading the Orioles for a sixth.

“We haven’t had a ton of pinch-hit success this year,” Hyde said. “He’s ready. He’s a pro.”

Sixth of three scored on Robinson Chirinos’ two-run homer on the left field wall, the first of the season and the first from an Orioles catcher. And in the third, Mateo’s single went to Santander, who went straight to the second double.

Those efforts were supported by a shaky start from left-hander Bruce Zimmerman, who allowed a season-high five runs in five innings, bringing his ERA to 3.48.

Bullpen Supports Zimmerman

If the first ball of Giancarlo Stanton’s bat didn’t go out of the yard—a 114-mph rocket that turned into a two-run single—the second was never in doubt. In the midst of a series in which the Yankees complained about Camden Yards’ new dimensions, calling it “create-a-park”, Stanton became the first player to climb the mountain at Camden Yards.

He clubbed a single homer in Zimmerman’s fourth inning to level the game at three, finding an ounce of redemption for his earlier blast that cascaded from the wall.

As rocky as Zimmerman’s first innings was, a walk before Stanton’s long run-scoring single and allowing a double, the left-hander made a comeback in the second. His five-pitch frame allowed him to push deep into the outing, completing five innings, giving away seven hits and five runs.

“Crime really picked us up today,” Zimmerman said. “Everybody knows how good their streak is, how well they are playing. Winning today is the big deal.”

It was not as efficient an outing as Zimmerman has produced recently, giving hits to the first two batters he faced in the sixth, before Hyde replaced him with right-hander Brian Baker.

Those two inherited runners scored in sixth, and then Lopez allowed another in ninth to force Santander’s heroism.

“I was in [the clubhouse] With the other relievers,” Zimmerman said, “and we certainly threw ourselves a little party here. it was exciting. he was a boy. It was hot all day. ,

Mountcastle near the return

First baseman Ryan Mountcastle swung for the first time on Wednesday, as he came on a list of injuries sustained last weekend, and he resumed batting practice on Thursday. Both times, Mountcastle said, he felt good, avoided the shooting pain emanating from his thumb and raised hand he experienced during a road trip.

Mountcastle is still expected to return to the lineup later this week, when his 10-day injured list designation ends. If he does, he will be a welcome addition to the Orioles lineup. He was stuck in a six-game losing streak before Thursday’s breakout win against the Yankees.

Prior to his injury, Mountcastle was hitting .268 with .701 OPS – the third-highest batting average for Baltimore to enter Thursday.

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