BALTIMORE — The Yankees have been winning in a variety of ways this season; a lot, in fact, with pitching and defense helping them build the best record in the majors. But this franchise has home runs embedded in its DNA, and when they hit the ball, it makes the ride that much more fun.
José Treviño, Josh Donaldson and Anthony Rizzo cleared the fences Monday night as the Yankees defeated the Orioles, 6-2, at Camden Yards. The sizzling Bombers have won 21 of their last 25 games, and they show no signs of cooling down as they aim to pull away in the AL East.
“You’ve got guys that have hit a lot of home runs in this game for a long time,” Rizzo said. “I don’t think we’re really trying to go up and attack. We’re trying to pass it on to the next guy, and that’s the best part.”
Although Luis Severino pitched six excellent innings on one-run ball and Gleyber Torres started a fantastic first-inning double play that manager Aaron Boone called “the play of the game,” the long ball has been the Yankees’ best friend for years. throughout this wave.
Even with Aaron Judge resting after 13 straight days in the lineup, the Yankees flexed their muscles. Treviño hit a three-run homer off the right-field foul pole in the fourth inning before Donaldson and Rizzo hit back-to-back solo homers in the ninth.
The Yanks have now scored 51.4 percent of their runs via home run, the most in the majors. Monday marked New York’s eighth game hitting at least three home runs, a stat that also sets the pace for the greats.
“Our offense is going to give us opportunities throughout the game, and we know that,” Donaldson said. “We know that if we don’t get the job done early on, we’re going to have more opportunities to get it done.”
Facing O’s starter Kyle Bradish, Giancarlo Stanton doubled off Rizzo in the third inning to put New York on the board before Treviño hit the first home run by a Yankees catcher this season, popping into the outfield. right that Boone didn’t expect. to get out of the ballpark.
“He was big; I feel like he’s had competitive at-bats every day, even though he hasn’t gotten a lot of results,” Boone said of Treviño. “That ball, I didn’t even consider hitting the post. The way [right fielder Anthony] Santander was running after him, I was manipulating him with body language and hoping he landed on fair ground. Then all of a sudden he comes off the foul pole for a three-run home run. Obviously, that was huge at the time.”
That was enough support for Severino, who tore through the Baltimore lineup in a seven-strikeout, two-walk performance while generating 15 swings and fumbles. Severino’s hairiest point came in the first inning, when Joey Gallo misplayed Cedric Mullins’ fly ball for a three-base error and Trey Mancini walked.
Santander then stroked a broken-bat flare that seemed destined to find turf in right field, but Torres caught the ball with a dive near the edge of the infield dirt, throwing to Rizzo at first base to double Mancini.
“In that situation, I prepared really well to get any ground balls and line drives,” Torres said. “I tried to save some races for Sevy.”
Said Severino: “He has been very good all year defensively. That’s why I walked out of that driveway without running.”
Santander comprised the entirety of Baltimore’s offense, hitting home runs from both sides of the plate, off right-hander Severino in the fourth inning and again facing left-hander Aroldis Chapman in the bottom of the ninth. Donaldson and Rizzo each homered off Felix Bautista in the top of the ninth.
Rizzo opened the year with a torrid home run streak, but had slipped lately. His 10th home run established some history, making the 2022 Yankees the eighth team in major league history to have three players hit 10 or more home runs in their first 35 games of a regular season (last accomplished by the Sox). White of 2020).
“That’s the best part; when you’re fighting personally,” Rizzo said, “you know there are guys up and down in this lineup that are going to pick you up. And winning helps with all of that.”