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Orioles' comeback attempt falls short as they drop series opener to Yankees, 10-8

September 22, 2018 - 12:02 am

What a difference a week makes. Six days ago, Yefry Ramirez had his best start as an Oriole against the Chicago White Sox. He went 5 2/3 allowing only one run off of four hits. Ramirez looked smooth, while he also displayed excellent command. 

Flashing forward to Friday night, Ramirez struggled against a significantly better team. The Yankees are playoff bound, while the White Sox are not. However, Ramirez's issues were more than merely pitching against a better team. His pitch count ended at 90, and only 50 of them were strikes. He picked up three strikeouts, but he walked three batters and allowed six earned runs. 

Baltimore's bullpen was not sharp either.  Aside from Ryan Meisinger, this group had a rough showing. Meisinger was the star as he went two innings and did not allow a single hit. Donnie Hart then entered the game, and he had a short night. He went 1/3 of an inning as he allowed one hit and one earned run off of seven pitches. 

With two right-handed batters upcoming, Buck Showalter pulled Hart for Cody Carroll, who allowed two hits and two runs off of 25 pitches. Paul Fry finished the game for Baltimore in the eighth. Fry allowed one run off of one hit.

Although the bullpen did not make it easy for the Orioles to complete the comeback, their offense certainly made a strong push. Down 6-0 heading into the fifth inning, Baltimore put together a two-run fifth inning. Adam Jones picked up a two-RBI single with two outs.

The Orioles continued the scoring in the top of the seventh with another two-run inning. Austin Wynns hit a leadoff solo homer, while Jonathan Villar picked up an RBI single. 

The Yankees would finally answer after the Orioles' 4 unanswered runs with a three-run seventh inning. Andrew McCutchen picked up an RBI single, while Luke Voit continued to stay how with a two-RBI single. 

In the eighth inning, Baltimore cut the deficit to one with a pair of two-run homers. Renato Nunez hit a one-out home run, while D.J. Stewart hit his second major league home run three batters later.

Aaron Judge picked up an RBI double in the bottom of the eighth to extend the lead to two, and that would be enough for New York to secure a victory. 

Despite being down by six runs early, the Orioles only lost by two runs. Baltimore will be looking for revenge tomorrow afternoon as they are set to play game two of their final series with the Yankees.