Friday night wins are always great. But when they’re at Camden Yards against a divisional rival, victories become a bit more sweet. Read the full details of a beautiful victorious night in Baltimore below.
When Matt Wieters gunned down the first Yankee baserunner of the game, we all should have known that it was going to be a good Friday night at Camden Yards. Baltimore’s favorite catcher kicked off the game with a beautiful throw to nab Brett Gardner on a back-pick at first base, helping Dylan Bundy get through his first inning of work.
Chad Green took the hill for the Yankees against a slightly quirky Orioles lineup (hello Pedro Alvarez in the two-hole), and immediately started with a threat. With the bases loaded with two outs, Jonathan Schoop had the chance to put the Birds on the board first.
However, Green wrapped up a laborious 27-pitch inning with a swinging strikeout, keeping the game scoreless after the first full frame.
After Dylan Bundy picked up his second scoreless inning, Green’s struggles continued. In a fashion that has been all too familiar to Orioles fans this season, he completely unraveled.
A one-out J.J. Hardy double led the first run of the ballgame; after his two-bagger to left, Adam Jones (welcome back!) blooped an RBI single into center. That made it 1-0 Orioles, but the damage against Green was far from finished.
Alvarez, the next batter, crushed a baseball onto Eutaw Street on a fastball that caught way too much of the plate. It was El Toro’s 20th of the season, giving the Birds a very comfortable three-run lead.
With two outs, a Machado walk forced Green out of the game. He headed to the Yankee dugout with an unclear injury, making way for Nick Goody to be the Orioles’ next victim.
The two-out walk allowed the Chris Davis/Mark Trumbo duo a chance to do some major damage against the new Yankee arm, which they capitalized on with ease.
Back-to-back, they launched consecutive long-balls — Davis’ 33rd, Trumbo’s 41st — to jolt the crowd at Camden Yards and probably put a huge smile on Bundy’s face. With the colossal inning, the Birds wrapped up the second with a 6-0 lead. How’s that for Friday night entertainment?
Bundy responded with a slightly extended, but still shutdown third inning with a pair of Ks, seemingly snuffing out all sorts of life on the Yankees side. This was the Orioles’ Friday night, apparent from the start.
As the O’s starter continued dealing, those in the Yankee bullpen couldn’t keep the Birds off of the board. Yes, it got even uglier (or more attractive, depending on your fandom).
Kirby Yates took the hill in the fourth inning for the Yankees, greeted by a classic Orioles inning. After he walked the leadoff man, Alvarez, Machado welcomed him to Camden Yards with a mammoth home run above the first section of seats in left field.
Manny launched the first-pitch offering as hard as he’s hit a round-tripper all season long, extending the lead to 8-0.
Brilliantly, Bundy continued to shut down the Yankees with easy routine. The efficiency and command were off a bit with four walks, leading to the hook with two outs in the sixth inning, but Bundy’s run-free win solidifies one thing: he’s ready, if the opportunity arises, to be a key pitcher in the 2016 postseason.
Donnie Hart entered and wrapped up Bundy’s work in the sixth — Dylan’s final line: 5.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 4 BB, 5 K.
Hart, by the way, continued his season dominance in the seventh inning with a perfect one-two-three frame. He induced three straight groundouts, extending his scoreless streak in the MLB.
The bats quieted down for the rest of the night (aside from Ryan Flaherty’s pinch-hit double) — but considering the work they put in over the first four innings, it’s safe to say they gave the bullpen enough breathing room to cruise to a huge September victory.
Newest members of the club Michael Bourn and Drew Stubbs both did get to pinch-hit in the eighth. Stubbs struck out in a seven-pitch AB while Bourn grounded out in his Orioles debut.
Vance Worley worked a spotless eighth inning, Tommy Hunter neatly wrapped up the ninth and the Orioles completed their 73rd win of the season. They’ll be back in action tomorrow against NYY, sending Kevin Gausman to the mound.