The Yankees’ season-long demolition of the hapless Orioles continued Monday with seven more home runs in a day-night doubleheader sweep at Yankee Stadium.
The Yankees hit four home runs in an 8-5 victory in the opener and clubbed three more in an 11-8 win in the nightcap.
Gio Urshela hit a 461-foot homer in the opener. Gleyber Torres, who returned Sunday after missing four games with a core injury, hit a solo shot in Game 1 and two three-run homers (in consecutive innings) in Game 2 to give him 13 home runs against the Orioles this season.
Baltimore manager Brandon Hyde showed Torres the ultimate respect in the eighth inning of the second game. With two outs and runners on first and second – and only third base open – Hyde ordered Torres intentionally walked. The crowd, which wanted to see Torres get a shot at a third three-run homer, was not pleased.
Brett Gardner grounded out to end the inning.
“It was a great opportunity to take a walk and bring the opportunity to Gardy to continue to help the team,” said Torres, who added he was “a little surprised.”
Said manager Aaron Boone: “It was a little unorthodox, but it worked in that scenario.”
The Yankees improved to 15-2 (with a 14-game winning streak) against Baltimore in 2019. They have hit 59 homers against the Orioles and have outscored their AL East foes 137-75.
The Yankees have two games left with the Orioles: Tuesday night and Wednesday afternoon. Mercy.
The Yankees swept their fifth doubleheader of the season. They split their other one.
In Game 1, Didi Gregorius hit a three-run home run in the first inning and Torres, Urshela and Cameron Maybin hit solo shots to back James Paxton, who allowed three runs in six innings.
In Game 2, the Yankees held off on homering until Mike Ford hit a solo shot in the fourth. That gave the Yankees a 5-3 lead, the first three runs courtesy of Brett Gardner’s three-run triple in the first inning.
Torres hit his second homer of the day in the fifth, a three-run shot that made it 8-3. He hit another three-run homer in the next inning. Torres has 26, two more than in his rookie season of 2018.
Torres’ 13 homers vs. Baltimore are the most by one player against one team in one season in the divisional era (since 1969) since Sammy Sosa hit 12 vs. Milwaukee in 1998. Lou Gehrig hit 14 against Cleveland in 1936 and Roger Maris hit 13 vs. the White Sox in 1961.
“Anytime you have that kind of a year against a team, it’s crazy,” Boone said. “I think guys typically have success against one team for whatever reason. Gleyber has had a lot of success against them.”
In Game 1, the home run that had everyone talking was Urshela’s blast to the left-center bleachers in the fifth.
“Four sixty-one?” Boone asked. “Four sixty-one’s a long way.”
The homers supported Paxton (8-6), who allowed five hits, walked two and struck out seven for his third straight win.
Boone used Chad Green as an opener in Game 2 and the Yankees improved to 10-1 when that happens. Green threw 11 pitches and got four outs before Boone turned to lefthander Joe Mantiply, whom the Yankees acquired in a minor-league trade Friday and called up Sunday.
Mantiply, 28, hadn’t appeared in the majors since his only previous action – five games for Detroit in 2016. Mantiply, who was in the Yankees organization in 2017, had Tommy John surgery in 2018.
Now he has something he didn’t have: a victory. Mantiply was credited with the win after allowing three runs in three innings.
“Everything worked out great,” Mantiply said.
Mantiply was followed by righthander Brady Lail, who retired his first four batters (getting five outs) in his big-league debut. Lail, 26, who also was called up Sunday, allowed a three-run homer in the seventh to Hanser Alberto to make the score 11-6, but retired the next three batters.
“I’m pretty sure I blacked out,” said Lail, a Utah native whose fiancée surprised him by flying in for the game from Salt Lake City with their 10-month-old daughter, Olivia.
Mantiply and Lail had only a few minutes to enjoy the moment. After the game, the Yankees announced that both were being sent back to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.