The Yankees set a single-season MLB record for home runs against one opponent as they clobbered the Orioles, 14-2, to complete a three-game sweep at Camden Yards. James Paxton had it going while Gio Urshela went deep twice.
The Pinstripers maintain the best record in the American League (75-39) and tie their season-high with an eight-game winning streak. Their magic number to clinch the division is 38. Shouts to Cody Eppley.
Here are tonight’s takeaways:
1. Scranton/New York now owns Baltimore. That is law.
For the first time through the order, 2019 All-Star John Means allowed just one hit and changeup’d the Yankees to death. The second time through the order … Oy.
Urshela opened the floodgates with line-drive double and Didi singled. Cameron Maybin followed that up with what is in the box score as a single, but is more accurately a pop-up to the right-center field triangle. In Play, Oriole(s).
And then Kyle Higashioka started the home-run party.
The third-string catcher hit his second homer of the season, a 103 mph drive to right-center field that essentially KO’d Means.
From there, it got ugly.
Urshela smashed a pair of two-run homers sandwiched around RBI singles by Aaron Judge and DJ LeMahieu. Cameron Maybin and Higashioka (his second) added home runs late.
Miguel Castro, Taylor Scott, Tom Eshelman. No reliever was immune to the Yankees’ 15-hit barrage. Even if Paxton wasn’t dealing, this would have been an easy win for the Yankees.
2. It’s the O’s but … Paxton has the right formula going
For the first time since June 2, James Paxton didn’t give up a first-inning run. In fact, the left-hander tossed a 1-2-3 inning that set the tone for one of his best starts in months.
With the obvious caveat that he faced the Orioles, Paxton looked as advertised before the season. He held the O’s to five hits and one run (one walk) over 6 2/3 innings, striking out seven. His lone blemish was a solo home run to Trey Mancini, who also nearly took him deep a second time.
Paxton lived in the zone with 69 percent strikes on the evening and elicited 17 swings and misses, including one on his rarely-used changeup. He did a good job of not living and dying on his fastball, using it just 50 percent of the time while going to his cutter and curveball to change batters’ sightlines.
For the fifth time in seven starts, James Paxton gave the Yankees six innings of work. However, this was the first time since his early-season knee injury that he pitched into the seventh.
The Yankees are seven games and six days into a 19-games-in-17-days stretch. You can’t survive that without pitchers going deep into games. The good news? The Yankees have gotten at least 5.1 IP out of their starters in every non-opener game during that span and are taking some of the burden off the bullpen. Paxton tonight and in his last start against Boston are a big part of that.
3. The Yankees have sent the Orioles to a new low
The Bombers set or extended the following Major League single-season records in this game:
- Most HRs against one opponent (52)
- Most HRs at one road ballpark (43)
- Most games with 5+ HR against one opponent on the road (5)
The funniest part is that they can extend the first record next week. Sure, baseball has more homers than ever, but this is another level.
Whether it was the Yankees’ dominance or another thing in the Orioles dugout, something set off Chris Davis, who had to be held back after exchanging words with manager Brandon Hyde. He was quickly pulled from the game.
On a position note, here’s Cameron Maybin hitting his seventh homer of the year and second in as many days.
And, for good measure, here’s Higashioka’s second blast. This is inhumane to hit this many dingers.
- Chance Adams tossed 2.1 innings in relief of Paxton after coming up. The Yankees. Though Luis Cessa is now likely rested, the Yankees have few 40-man options to take Adams’ spot.
- Tarpley can’t be called back up yet. Daniel Camarena started today. Domingo Acevedo has struggled at Triple-A and Albert Abreu is at Double-A. If the Yankees need a long man, they can use one of the latter two, or they can utilize their open 40-man spot.
- Maybin had four hits, Urshela three. Gardner (two doubles), Higashioka, and Gregorius each had two hits while Judge and LeMahieu each singled. Judge walked while Mike Tauchman drew two walks and Breyvic Valera had one on hitless nights.
- The Yankees are 7-0 in August with a +35 run differential. They’re averaging 8.1 runs per game during their eight-game winning streak.
The Yankees head to Canada to face the Jays on Thursday to start a four-game series. It’ll be Domingo German (14-2, 3.98 ERA) opposing LHP Thomas Pannone (2-4, 5.98). No need to worry about the weather at Rogers Centre, so you can safely tune in at 7 p.m. on YES.