Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Yankees have less than stellar outing, yet complete sweep of Orioles

BALTIMORE—Gerritt Cole didn’t have his fastest stuff Wednesday night, but he really didn’t need to. The Yankees’ bats weren’t as strong as they were, but that didn’t matter. The Yankees found a way to beat the Orioles 3-2 at Camden Yards on Wednesday night.

“I mean, look, tonight we won on base running and defense and we’re the Bronx Bombers. It’s just a whole game,” Cole said. “I think that’s a common theme of some of the good teams that I played, Including whether you want to get after baseball on every pitch on defense or offense. Collectively as a group, we are not removing too many pitches and we are trying our best. We certainly have a lot of talent and I think the combination of those two things put us in a position where we are.

And it’s a pretty impressive position. It was only the fifth time in franchise history that the Yankees won 28 of their first 37 matches and the third major league team to do so in the past 24 years, joining the 1998 Yankees and 2001 Mariners.

The Yankees (28-9) have won four in a row, have won nine of their last 10 and are 20-4 in their last 24 games. He holds the best record in baseball and won his 12th series this season. The Bombers have lost just one series this season to the Orioles (14-23) last month.

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“It’s been a great start, no question,” said Aaron Boone. “Every day is about people having good intentions, coming in and being prepared and it is about going out and trying to win and they have delivered. We also understand, it is too early. I keep saying that, we understand it, but the more we can pile on now, the easier it will be for us down the road, but that’s actually how they’re doing it and doing it in very different ways. “

On Wednesday night, he defended very well, capitalizing on the Orioles’ mistakes with a heads-up baserunning and brilliant pitching from reliever Clay Holmes, who extended his scoreless streak to 19.2 innings to cap it off.

The Yankees gave Cole three runs to work with from the start of their night. With two outs, Anthony Rizzo scored a single, Gleber Torres doubled and Josh Donaldson took a single. Rizzo scored on Torres’ double score. Torres hit a wild pitch and Donaldson scored a wild throw from Orioles catcher Anthony Bembaum in the same game.

Cole allowed two runs, both hitting six runs in a season. He did not run a batsman and scored five runs. He was dismissed in the first innings on a brilliant running catch by Marvin Gonzalez and saved him from the jam.

He did not hit a batsman in the first three innings and then scored five consecutive runs. He struck the heart of the order in fourth and Rugged Odor and George Mateo in fifth, before Tyler Nevin – the son of former Yankees third base coach Phil Nevin – singled him out. He got a harmless ground ball before Bemboom to end the innings.

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Cedric Mullins took the lead in sixth place with a single and Austin Hayes doubled him home for the Orioles’ first run. The Baltimore left fielder scored on the pick of a ground-ball fielder Trey Mancini for a shifted first baseman. Rizzo quickly bowls the ball and fires home, but Hayes slides past the tag.

Holmes saved a six, his third career save overall. He allowed a single on a chopper that died in the grass on the third base side of the mound, but Rizzo’s diving grab hit Anthony Santander’s line drive for a quick double play to get the Yankees out of trouble.

Holmes has refined how he targets his sinker and it has been a devastating pitch, giving him a ridiculous 83% groundball rate. For comparison, Jack Britton, who rode his sinker for Cy Young consideration in 2016, had a groundball rate of 80%.

“He throws it in the field. There aren’t many that can rival, especially when you look at the velocity and speed down and to the side,” Boone said. “I mean, it’s one of the worst pitches in baseball. is one.”

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