This had an ugly beginning. And unfortunately the rest of the game was like the beginning too.
The first two yankees batters of the game, DJ LeMahieu and Luke Voit, came to base in the singles. Then, David Hess fell behind Gary Sanchez 3-0 before completing the count. But Sanchez deposited the seventh pitch of the at-bat in the seats on the left, giving the Yanks a quick 3-0 lead.
While Hess needed 28 pitches to get past first position, Yankees starter Domingo German needed only 13 pitches to send the Orioles in the bottom half of the inning.
For the second consecutive night, a player from the Orioles released a pop-up in foul territory. Hanser Alberto was the culprit this time when he stopped Chris Davis near the training box at first base and made the ball bounce off his glove. But the error did not return to bite the O this time, with Hess retiring LeMahieu on a flight and striking out Voit to stop Cameron Maybin in the first inning and at the end of the second inning.
At the top of the third, Dwight Smith Jr. hit the wall of the garden hard as he tried to catch a rocket from Gio Urshela's bat. The ball bounced off Smith Jr.'s glove as he crashed into the filling of the State Farm signage in left center field and fell to the ground. Urshela finished in second place and Aaron Hicks scored on the play, giving New York a 4-0 lead.
The next batter, Clint Frazier, threw a two-run shot into center field. Stevie Wilkerson followed him to the wall and clocked his jump, but the ball was out of reach. Three innings in the game and Hess had allowed six runs, including a pair of homers.
In the bottom of the third, the Orioles had the best chance of the first innings to reach the German. They loaded the bases with two outs, but the Yankees right-hander got Rio Ruiz to roll over a curved ball and go to second base, finishing the inning and threatening.
Interestingly, the starters had a throw count very similar to the end of the quarter; Hess with 76 and German with 73.
But the fifth entry was not kind to Hess. He gave up his third homer of the night, this was a three-stroke shot from Frazier to the center of death, his second dinger of the night. And with that shot, the Orioles scored another dubious record: the fastest team to reach the 100 allowed homers, ever.
The Birds finally joined the board at the bottom of the fifth, with a home run of three own runs. Alberto was hit by a pitch to lead the inning and Austin Wynns arrived when German threw a tailored double-play ground ball in center field. With runners in the corners, Wilkerson lined up a homer just over the railing on the scoreboard outside the city, on the right. 9-3, Yankees.
Hess was replaced by Josh Lucas in the sixth and things got complicated almost immediately. LeMahieu had his third shot of the night on a low ball after the dive of Jonathan Villar, then Voit singled to center to put runners in the corners with one out. The Yanks got their tenth race of the night on the dirt ball chosen by a gardener in the third, with the runner in the second position, but Sanchez is sure at the beginning in the relay launch.
Aaron Hicks appeared next and dropped a single in the center, putting the runners in the corners again, this time with two outs. Then, Gleyber Torres smoked a line to leave the mound and enter center field to score another run. 11-3, Yankees.
The German was lifted after five innings, replaced on the mound in the sixth by right-hander David Hale of the Yankees. Davis greeted him with a double against the change and went down the left-field line. Renato Núñez moved Davis to third with a short ball and Alberto took him to his home on a field to third. 11-4, Yankees. That was the final score that took place in the game.
Despite giving up a couple of runs in his first job entry, at least Lucas was able to absorb three innings for the O's and save the bullpen. Richard Bleier went to work the ninth and retired the team in three outs, so it can be taken as something positive.
Halfway through this four-game series against the Yankees, and the Orioles are 0-2. Baltimore has been completely outdone or has shot at different points in these first two games. They will have to play more full baseball if they hope to take any of the next two games in this series.