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About Last Night: Yankees 4, Orioles 2

About Last Night: Yankees 4, Orioles 2

By Derek McAdam

June 19, 2024


The New York Yankees defeated the Baltimore Orioles last night by a score of 4-0. And while the Yankees will certainly take the win, they are awaiting news on one of the best player’s injury status. (Update - no break!)

Quick Stats:

W: Nestor Cortes Jr. (4-5): 6 IP, 5 H, 6 K

L: Albert Suarez (3-1): 3.2 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 5 BB, 3 K

Following last night’s win, the Yankees are now playing .500 baseball against AL East teams this season with a 10-10 record.

The Big Story: After losing back-to-back games against the Red Sox in Boston, the Yankees returned home hoping for a reset against the Orioles, who took three-of-four games against New York six weeks ago in Baltimore. In the 2nd, Anthony Volpe put the Yankees on the board with an RBI single that scored Austin Wells.

In the 3rd, Aaron Judge was hit by a pitch on the wrist-area, he stayed in the game for the remainder of the inning, but was eventually taken out of the game. Giancarlo Stanton laced an RBI single into center field to score Judge and give the Yankees a 2-0 lead. Gleyber Torres then hit a sacrifice fly into right field to score Alex Verdugo and extend the Yankee lead to 3-0.

In the 5th, the Yankees had another scare when Torres was hit by a pitch on his finger, although he stayed in for the remainder of the game and didn’t seem to have any lingering issues in the field. DJ LeMahieu then added onto the lead with a sacrifice fly to center field to score Torres and make the new score 4-0.

While Cortes gave up several hits and went to four full counts, he was able to keep runs off the board and gave the Yankees a quality start.

In the 9th, Clay Holmes came on in a non-save situation. After allowing a single to Gunnar Henderson, Anthony Santander hit a two-run home run into the right field seats to cut the Yankee lead in half at 4-2. However, Holmes was able to retire the final three batters to end the game.

Player of the Game: While Cortes gave the Yankees a very solid start, I’m going to give this honor to Ben Rice, who made his MLB debut last night at first base for the Yankees. He went 1-for-4 with a single and will likely be seeing plenty of time at first base due to Anthony Rizzo’s injury.

Notable Performances: Cortes was solid last night with his six shutout innings. Juan Soto also got on base with three walks last night and Torres’ sacrifice fly was the ultimate game-winning RBI.

Better to Forget: It is yet another appearance that Holmes would like to forget. He didn’t pitch in the Boston series, making his last appearance last Thursday’s blown save in Kansas City. Luckily for him, it was not a save opportunity last night.

My Take: It seems that Judge did not suffer a broken bone.

As for the rest of the game, the Yankees were able to push some runs across the plate early on in the game against Suarez, who has been very good this season. I was glad to see them take advantage of his off-night, but they also left 10 runners on base, which is not a great number to see. If only two of those runs would’ve scored, it may have been a completely different ballgame.

Nonetheless, the Yankees were able to walk away with a win, which I will gladly take. The next task to do is take the series against the Orioles.

My condolences also go out to the family and friends of Willie Mays, who died yesterday at the age of 93. Mays is one of the greatest players to ever step foot on a baseball field and has a resume that included 24 All Star appearances. His legacy will live on for a very long time to come.

What’s Next?: The Yankees will be right back in action tonight against the Orioles. Cade Povich is scheduled to start for the Orioles, while Gerrit Cole is set to make his season debut in pinstripes for the Yankees. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. EST.



Jun 19

Edit- it is probably obvious this was supposed to be a reply to something. it was a reply to Fuster. I dont know why it showed up as an initial post and not a reply

YES YES YES, you are correct. almost any time he is on the field he is GREAT. i was NOT and i am NOT trying to say that he spends significant time on the field looking like a bum!!!

and ANY time he is on the field, he has to be respected and feared, because even in a cool streak, the opposition NEVER knows when he will go nuclear hot again like he was in May and beyond!!!

that said, he can also have a…

Jeff Korell
Jeff Korell
Jun 19
Replying to

Ohtani's value is that he can do BOTH, but when you break it down, he's not as good a hitter as Judge and not as good a pitcher as Cole. I prefer to break it down and look at Ohtani the hitter seperately from Ohtani the pitcher. I have no interest in Ohtani the pitcher pitching for the Yankees because he can't seem to beat the GOOD teams as a pitcher, only the bottom feeders. Ohtani as a hitter would be a more than welcome addition to the lineup, even though Judge the hitter, is better, and so is Soto, the hitter. The problem is, Ohtani, like Stanton, always uses up a DH spot when he is not pitching…


Jun 19

I remember the time that Alek Manoah hit Aaron Judge. While Judge was (in his words) "pissed" (Judge used that word again last night when discussing his HBP), Judge took it very calmly that time, glared at Manoah, and took 1B. But Gerrit Cole was NOT so calm. He was FURIOUS with Manoah, came out of the Yankee dugout, and had to be restrained by the umpire from charging the mound as he was screaming at Manoah. The benches even cleared during this incident.

THEREFORE....I would not be surprised if Cole retaliates at some point tonight, possibly getting himself ejected, especially if any other Yankee players get HBP. Cole is a tough battler on the field, fiercely defends his teammates…

Jun 19
Replying to

the Yankees need Cole to channel his aggression into silencing Oriole bats

that'll provide sufficient pain

causing physical pain can be deferred

and awarded as a parting gift


Jun 19

Willie was not one of the greatest. He was THE greatest!

Jun 20
Replying to

Sorry for the slow response. Life, ya know! Here is my reasoning:

First, my argument is for best all around player, not hitter.

The five tools used to evaluate a player are hitting, power, fielding, running and throwing.

Will address hitting and power together being the metrics have changed over the years. He hit .301 with an OBP of .384. His triple slash was .384/.557/.940. He hit 660 homers averaging 36 per 162 games. He led the league in batting average once, OBP twice, slugging 5 times, OPS five times, OPS+ six times, total bases three times, homers four times and hits once. For much of his career they played a 154 game schedule.

As far as running, he stole…


Jun 19

this was a significant victory in the first of six big games

there was also a significantly upsetting event that served to underscore the signal importance of the Judge.

how the team carries itself through the next five might well define the team and the season


Alan B.
Alan B.
Jun 19

The O's have a kid LHP going tonight, let's see if they let Rice play tonight.

Oh, the final score last night was 4-2.

Jun 19
Replying to

Cortes held them scoreless last night

and scoreless they remained until Holmes allowed them a garbage-time HR

I would think that if Cole can also throttle their offense, it will shake the O's far more than would a defeat in which they score much but allow even more.

defense first tonight

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