Orioles can’t overcome Aaron Judge’s two homers in 7-6 loss to Yankees to open second half of season – Boston Herald

Aaron Judge’s second ball to left-center field went even farther than his first, almost completely clearing the bullpen on its way to the statue plaza at Camden Yards, before A ricochet sent it back toward the celebrating New York Yankees relievers.

They were nearly identical swings, both home runs by Judge of Orioles right-hander Tyler Wells. His three-run shot came in the first inning, when he jumped on a fastball and sent it 436 feet at 108.6 mph. The second was a solo shot, which left the Orioles in a hole and pumped up the pro-Yankees crowd.

The second blast, against a changeup in the strike zone, sailed off Judge’s bat at 113.5 mph and traveled 465 feet, making it the fourth-longest homer at Camden Yards since the stat cast in 2015. I started tracking. And as Judge, Wells and the rest of the announced 28,468 spectators craned their necks overnight to follow the titanic shot — his eighth in 13 games against the Orioles this season — to open the Yankees’ second half of the season with 7. They were on the way to victory from -6.

“Any time you throw it down the middle, it doesn’t help,” Wells said. “It just shows with Judge — or even the entire Yankees lineup — you miss the middle and make mistakes, you’re going to pay for it, and that’s what baseball is all about. They are the best team.”

It wasn’t usual, however, with Anthony Santander’s three-run homer in the seventh. Santander’s leisurely stroll around the bases after his 16th homer of the season showed that when the first half of the season ended, the mentality that carried Baltimore through it never left.

“We keep fighting and clawing our way back into games that have gotten away from us sometimes in the past,” manager Brandon Hyde said.

But it was not enough. The loss begins a seven-day streak for the Orioles that matters on several fronts, especially playing Baltimore (46-47) below .500 once again. With six more games against American League East opponents — two more against New York, then four against the Tampa Bay Rays — Baltimore’s record could decide what Kors executive vice president and general manager Mike Elias said. Will act before the August 2 trade deadline.

The Orioles were on a run before the All-Star break, including a 10-game winning streak that lifted them above .500 at the end of the season for the first time since 2017. The break, and another loss on Friday, teased Baltimore.

There is still time to return to form. A flurry of wins over the next six games would go a long way toward proving that this team has earned a chance to compete for a wild-card spot rather than facing a veteran selloff. However, the first of these pivotal contests took a turn in the third inning.

With a 1-2 count against Joey Gallo — who sported a .162 batting average — Wells couldn’t see his pitches. He walked Gallo with two outs, then gave up a single. The walk proved costly, putting Judge in scoring position for a three-run blast.

“It ended up biting us in the butt, because it was an extra run they didn’t need, and they beat us by one,” Wells said.

Doubles by Josh Donaldson and Jose Trevino plated another run before Judge’s fifth-inning homer, as Wells allowed five runs on five hits in five innings – a streak of 17 starts with three runs or less. is an Orioles record. A solo homer by Gallo and an RBI single by Isaiah Conner-Felfa added more, giving the Yankees a four-run lead.

Baltimore answered that first Judge homer with two runs in the bottom of the third, as Jorge Mateo’s double scored Ramón Urías and Cedric Mullins’ single scored Mateo, all with no outs. But with the bases loaded, Austin Hayes struck out. A Urias groundout in the sixth scratched in another run.

Santander’s blast turned it into a game once again, even if Baltimore Judges couldn’t quite surpass the league-leading 35th and 36th long balls as he had a season-high with eight. Tied the Yankees record for multi-homer games. . That left the Orioles with their ninth loss by two runs or less in their last 11 games.

“We will keep fighting,” Santander said through team spokesman Brendan Quines. “It’s tough when you lose a lot of close ballgames and one-run games, but we just have to stay aggressive and fight night in and night out.”

The plan is to get out of the hall early.

Momentary speculation about another injury for the highly-rated pitching prospect nearing his big league debut was put to rest Friday night when the Orioles announced plans to pitch one inning from left-hander DL Hall. was made

Hall, who Baseball America ranks as Baltimore’s third-best prospect, gave up his start for Triple-A Norfolk after allowing one run on two hits in his one inning. He dismissed two more batsmen, taking his total to 42 in his last five appearances. Hall could be with the Orioles next week, but there’s no guarantee.

Concerns about Hall’s early absence stemmed from the departure of right-hander Grayson Rodriguez earlier this season as he approached the majors for a promotion. Rodriguez initially felt what appeared to be a shoulder strain during his start for Norfolk, but ultimately the top Baltimore prospect has been sidelined since early June with a strained lat muscle.

Hall appears to be ready for the majors. The 23-year-old experienced a pitch-tipping spell in June, striking out nine between two starts. But he had a strong July, with just two earned runs against him in 21 2/3 innings.

around the horn

>> Right-hander Kyle Bradish will make his third rehab start Sunday for Triple-A Norfolk since going on the injured list last month with shoulder inflammation.

>> Hyde said the All-Star break “came at the right time” for Hayes. Still nursing a sore wrist entering the break, Hayes’ wrist looked as good as it has in some time Friday, Hyde said.

>> Three Orioles minor leaguers were named to the Dominican Summer League All-Star Game on Sunday: infielder Aaron Estrada and right-handers Harif Frias and Ayres Rodriguez. Estrada, 17, is hitting .371 with three homers in 89 at-bats. Frias, 21, has struck out 37 batters in 22 1/3 innings and Rodriguez, 20, has a 2.55 ERA in nine games.


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