After producing 18 runs in their season-opening three-game series against the Boston Red Sox, the Baltimore Orioles’ offense has subsided. Baltimore has now lost two straight games to the Yankees by a combined score of 14-2. In two games versus New York, Baltimore hitters have struck out an astounding 27 times.
The Orioles continued their stagnation on offense for the second straight game after being shutout 7-0 Monday night. New York ace Gerrit Cole turned in a dominating performance with seven scoreless innings pitched to go along with 13 strikeouts.
The scoring began with a home run from Yankee’s first baseman Jay Bruce in the bottom of the second inning, off Orioles starting pitcher Dean Kremer. It was a forgettable night for O’s rookie, who made his first career start. After being hit by a line-drive from star Aaron Judge in the hamstring in the first inning, Kremer almost had to leave the game.
Kremer lasted only three innings for the O’s, allowing five hits, three earned runs, and four walks. Baltimore finally got on the board at the top of the ninth with a two-run homer from second baseman Rio Ruiz after rookie Ryan Mountcastle got on base with an infield single.
It was a tough night for Baltimore pitchers as a unit. Both Tyler Wells and Wade LeBlanc each gave up runs in one inning pitched in relief of Kremer. Adam Plutko was the most efficient pitcher on the night for the O’s as he surrendered two hits in three innings.
New York built on their 1-0 lead after Jay Bruce scored again on a double-play ground ball from 1B/2B DJ LeMahieu. In the same inning, Judge got the first of his four RBI’s with an RBI single. DH Giancarlo Stanton accounted for an RBI double in the seventh inning. Judge’s three-run homer in the bottom of the eighth inning for New York put the game out of reach.
The O’s will have another opportunity to end their 12-game losing streak at Yankee Stadium tonight as lefty John Means (1-0) will get his second start of the season for Baltimore.
The home opener for the Orioles is on Thursday at 3:05 pm. Baltimore will play host to the Red Sox for their second three-game series of the season. Mayor Brandon Scott will be in attendance along with current United States Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh.
It will be the first game with fans in attendance at Camden Yards since September 22nd, 2019. Baltimore has announced they’ll begin the year with a limited attendance policy with 25 percent of the stadium occupied.
Other opening day festivities include the honoring of super fan Mo Gaba, who died of cancer in the summer of 2020.
The 104th Fighter Squadron of Maryland Air National Guard 175th wing and the Continental Color Guard will also be in attendance for the O’s home opener.
Pregame ceremonies begin at 2:30 pm.
The Orioles have also announced new local food vendors at Camden Yards.
The induction of Baltimore-based establishments Charm City Diner and Vida Taco Bar are just a few of the many changes at Oriole Park.