Anthony Rizzo Powers Yankees to 12–8 Win Over Orioles. Reaction
Rizzo’s first career three-homer game gives the Yankees their 4th win in a row
The New York Yankees slugged their way to a 12–8 victory over the Baltimore Orioles, but it did not come easy.
Every time the Yankees seemed to put the game away, Baltimore stormed back. But the Yankees hung on thanks to a career night from Anthony Rizzo.
The Yankees had no hits through two innings. But in the third inning, Anthony Rizzo hit a towering three-run homer that just cleared the right-field wall to give New York a 3–0 lead.
Joey Gallo followed with his first home run of the year in the fourth inning to the deepest part of the park. Hopefully, this is the turning point for him and the end of his slump.
Rizzo did it again in the fifth, with a two-run shot to right on a hanging changeup.
Luis Severino (2–0) was dominant through five innings. Severino was perfect through the first 4 2/3 innings, retiring the first 14 hitters he faced before issuing a walk to Austin Hays.
Then the wheels fell off in the sixth. He gave up his first hit on a single by Jorge Mateo, followed by a walk to Cedric Mullins and serving up a three-run home run to Anthony Santander.
Severino was pulled in the seventh after allowing a leadoff double to former Yankee Rougned Odor. He was replaced by Clay Holmes, who allowed a single to Ramón Urías, scoring Odor. Holmes would finish out the inning, striking out one.
Severino was charged with the run, giving him a final line of 6+ innings, while allowing four runs on three hits.
New York loaded the bases in the bottom half of the seventh with nobody out. Giancarlo Stanton lined an RBI single the other way.
After Josh Donaldson struck out, Gleyber Torres broke the game open with a bases-clearing triple to make it 10–4.
But that did not last long.
Lucas Luetge pitched 2/3 of the eighth inning after giving up an RBI single, two hits, and a plunked batter. Jonothan Loáisiga relieved Luetge and served up a three-run shot on a hanging slider. Luetge was charged with two more runs and Loáisiga was charged with one.
In the bottom of the eighth, Aaron Judge hit a solo shot on his birthday. Rizzo stepped up right after and sliced his third home run of the game to give New York a 12–8 lead. The Yankees hit five home runs in this game.
Aroldis Chapman pitched a scoreless ninth inning, although it was not a save situation.
Another Offensive Outburst
One game after putting up a season-best 10 runs, the Yankees poured on another 12 runs against Baltimore.
Anthony Rizzo’s first career three-home run game gives him the major-league lead in home runs with eight. His 18 RBI puts him inside the top three for league leaders in that category.
Aside from Rizzo, a plethora of Yankees drove in runs again tonight, similar to what we saw Sunday against the Cleveland Guardians.
It may be against the Baltimore Orioles, but these are games the Yankees are expected to win and expected to score a lot of runs.
Yankee hitters are taking excellent approaches to the plate, not trying to do so much, and the results are showing.
Strong Starting Pitching, Leaky Bullpen
Severino was unhittable through five innings. Although his final line shows four runs, he pitched much better than that.
He is starting to look like the pitcher before his injuries. In fact, the starting rotation as a whole is pitching much better than in the first couple of weeks of the season.
It’s the third game in a row the starter has reached the seventh inning. This should help relieve some of the pressure on the bullpen, as I said earlier this year.
However, the bullpen looked a bit shaky tonight.
Luetge and Loáisiga combined to give up four runs in one inning, Holmes gave up the RBI single (even though he wasn’t charged with the run), and Chapman walked two in a 24-pitch ninth inning.
The bullpen isn’t going to be perfect every night, but after Chad Green’s struggle against Cleveland and tonight against Baltimore, it’s definitely something to monitor on a game-to-game basis.
Keeping the Streak Alive
DJ LeMahieu did what DJ does and extended his hitting streak to 12 games. Isiah Kiner-Falefa also has a seven-game hitting streak going after his third-inning single.
LeMahieu tied Jose Ramirez of the Guardians for the longest hitting streak in the majors. Ramirez is currently hitless through six innings at the time of this post.
New York will send Jordan Montgomery (0–1) to the mound for game two of this series. The Yankee offense will face Tyler Wells (0–2) as both starting pitchers look for their first win of the year.
Let’s hope the Yankees can make it five in a row tomorrow night.