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Orioles lose, 11-8, to Yankees in Game 2, allow seven home runs in doubleheader sweep

It’s not that the Orioles’ two losses to the New York Yankees in Monday’s doubleheader — 8-5 in the first game and 11-8 in the second — were painfully similar.

It more that they just can’t be that painful anymore.

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By now, the Orioles pitchers should be calloused to the barrage of home runs: four in the first game, and three in the second, with three coming by Gleyber Torres over the 17 innings to give him a record 13 against the Orioles.

“He’s obviously a very talented player, and he’s going to kill mistakes,” Orioles manager Brandon Hyde said. “I think when we were at home we did a better job pitching too him, and today, we did not. He’s just a really talented guy, obviously, who has a ton of tools and a great future. We’re making him look like a first-ballot Hall of Famer.”

It shouldn’t be surprising that Trey Mancini homered in both games, or that the team’s most consistent hitters outside of him added home runs themselves. Anthony Santander had three hits and a home run in the first game, and Hanser Alberto hit his eighth home run of the season in the second.

The rest are just unpleasant details that get filled in on a nightly basis. The unlucky starters were Gabriel Ynoa, who allowed seven earned runs in six innings in the first game but was commended for getting the Orioles that deep into the game, and newcomer Ty Blach in the second game. He was charged with six runs in four-plus innings, with Evan Phillips and Tom Eshelman allowing home runs to Torres after he left.

“I thought Ty Blach threw the ball well,” Hyde said. “He gave up the homer to [Mike] Ford, he gave up the [triple] to [Brett] Gardner, but besides that, there was a ton of soft singles, ground-ball singles, end-of-the-bat singles that hurt him. But I liked his pitch mix, I like the ability to pitch, I think he can locate. When he misses with his off-speed, it was down. It was nice to see.”

The updated count of home runs allowed this season is 248. Soon, they’ll break the major league record of 258 the same way they broke the American League record of 242 within three batters of the afternoon game starting.

Soon, they’ll be finished with Torres for the rest of the season, but not before he has a chance to break Lou Gehrig’s major league record of 14 home runs against a single team, set in 1936 against the Cleveland Indians in 23 games. Torres’ 13 are the most in the divisional era (which began in 1969), and he has two games to go.

But Hyde wasn’t going to let that happen Monday. With two on and two out, and trailing 11-6 in the eighth inning, Hyde automatically put Torres on first to load the bases. Brett Gardner grounded out to end the inning.

Hits in bunches

The Orioles scored eight runs on nine hits, with Rio Ruiz producing a run-scoring groundout before Mancini homered to score two in the third, and Alberto hitting a three-run homer in the seventh.

Even the little late rally from the first game was replicated in the second, as Ruiz scored two with a ninth-inning single that brought the tying run to the plate.

“You’ve got to really hand it to our hitters and our offensive guys — just continuing to battle,” Hyde said. “Love the fight in our guys, bring the tying run to the plate again. It’s tough to stand out on defense and have super-long innings defensively, and when you score, they score right behind you. That’s demoralizing at times, but for our guys all year long to be able to fight, and battle, and scratch, and stay in ballgames is a real credit to the character, especially our hitters.”

On a completely different note

The Orioles’ Short-A affiliate at Aberdeen pitched a combined no-hitter Monday in a 7-0 win at Vermont, with Jake Lyons pitching the first five innings with only a walk against him, James Ryan pitching three scoreless innings in his Aberdeen debut, and Kyle Martin pitching a clean ninth to wrap up the no-hitter.

Aberdeen got home runs from 2019 draftees Andrew Daschbach, Toby Welk, and Kyle Stowers, while top draft pick Adley Rutschman had a single while catching all nine innings.

Roster moves

After the doubleheader, the Orioles returned right-hander Jimmy Yacabonis, who served as the 26th man in Game 2, to Triple-A Norfolk. The club also optioned Phillips to Triple-A Norfolk.

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