The Yanks (79-41) beat Baltimore 11-8 in the night game of the day/night DH as Gleyber Torres continued to torment the Orioles.
Of Torres’ 26 HR this season, half have come vs. Baltimore. With two games left against the Orioles this year, Torres has 13 HR against Baltimore. The Yanks as a team have hit 59 HR vs. the Orioles (13 Torres, 9 by Sanchez), 43 at Camden Yards.
The major league record for most HR against one team in a single season is by Lou Gehrig in 1936 against the Cleveland Indians—14 of his 49 that year. Gleyber is one short.
Want more? From MLB.com (some repeating what I mentioned above) :
• The 13 homers vs. the Orioles this season are the most by a player against a single opponent in the divisional era (since 1969).
• The 13 homers vs. the Orioles are tied for the second most by a player against a single opponent in a season in MLB history (record is Lou Gehrig‘s 14 vs. Cleveland in 1936).
• Torres is the first player since Roger Maris in 1961 vs. the White Sox — his record-setting season — with 13 homers against a single opponent in a season.
• Torres’ five multihomer games vs. the Orioles are the most by a player in a season against a single opponent.
• With 50 career homers, he’s the third-youngest Yankees player to reach that mark.
(Mantle and DiMaggio)
• Torres is the youngest player in American League history to reach 8 career multihomer games.
• The second-year player has surpassed his rookie-year homer total of 24.
• Torres is the first player since Mike Schmidt (1983 vs. the Expos) to homer in both games of a doubleheader twice against the same team in the same season. Torres also homered in both games of a twin bill vs. the Orioles on May 15.
He’s not even 23 yet.
Things are getting so ridiculous with Gleyber vs. the Orioles that in the eighth inning, with two on and two out, the Orioles walked him intentionally to load the bases rather than face him.
The win was the Yanks’ 14th in a row over the Orioles. They are 15-2 vs. them this season.
With the win, the Yanks have a 9 game lead over Tampa Bay in the AL East. The magic # to clinch the division is 34.
In the first inning, D.J. LeMahieu singled, and one out later, Gio Urshela singled. Torres singled to load the bases, and Brett Gardner hit a 3-run triple. 3-0 Yanks.
With one out in the second, Breyvic Valera singled and LeMahieu walked. A WP moved the runners up, and an error in trying to get Valera at third moved them up even further, Valera scoring to make it 4-0.
The Yanks used a lot of B-pitchers in this game. Chad Green once again served as the opener.
Recently acquired Joe Mantiply, who got his first MLB win, gave up 3 runs, including a 2-run HR, in the third that cut the Yanks’ lead to 4-3. Mantiply was making his Yankees’ debut. He did pitch in five games in 2016 for the Tigers—to a 16.88 ERA. That career ERA wasn’t lowered by much.
Mike Ford homered (4) in the bottom of the fourth to make it 5-3 Yankees.
Torres hit the first of his two 3-run homers in the game in the fifth (25) to make it 8-3.
In the bottom of the sixth, he hit his SECOND 3-run homer of the game (26) to make it 11-3.
Brady Lail, making his MLB debut, gave up a 3-run HR in the seventh that cut the Yanks’ lead to 11-6.
Bottom of the eighth, and with two on and two out, Torres, as mentioned earlier, is intentionally walked. No chance for a third 3-run HR.
Torres also turned a nifty DP, barehanding a the flip to second before firing to first.
Baltimore got two runs in the top of the ninth to make it 11-8 before Adam Ottavino closed things out.
The Yankees’ pitching wasn’t great, but Gleyber made up for it.
LeMahieu 3 hits, .338
Urshela 3 hits, .332 (can he catch D.J.?)
Torres 3 hits, Two 3-run HR (26) 6 RBI. Team HR leader (passed Sanchez).
Gardner 3 RBI
Ford solo HR (4)
Green 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 4.69
Mantiply (W, 1-0, 9.00) 3 IP, 3 R, 3 H, 2 W, 2 K. Gave up 1 HR. NYY Debut, 1st MLB win.
Lail (H, 1) 2 2/3 IP, 3 R, 2 H, 1 W, 2 K. Gave up 1 HR. MLB debut. 10.13
Cortes, Jr. 1 1/3 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 0 W, 1 K. 4.44
Ottavino (S, 2) 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. 1.71