Domingo German’s perfect game aftermath: Can he continue his dominance against the Orioles?

Domingo German was given the Gatorade treatment on Wednesday night, following his flawless pitching performance.

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On Wednesday, Domingo German achieved a remarkable feat by throwing a perfect game, joining the ranks of Don Larsen, David Wells, and David Cone as the only New York Yankees pitchers to accomplish this milestone. Now, the focus turns to German’s next performance.

Following his historic perfect game, Domingo German will take the mound on Monday night as the Yankees return home to face the Baltimore Orioles in a four-game series opener. The Yankees are returning to New York after a 3-3 road trip, concluding with a disappointing 5-1 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals, where they managed only three hits.

Domingo German, with a record of 5-5 and an ERA of 4.54, experienced consecutive losses against Boston and Seattle, surrendering 17 earned runs before making history in Oakland. In his remarkable 11-0 victory against the Athletics, German threw 99 pitches, including 51 curveballs, and recorded nine strikeouts.

Domingo German: A perfect game and the anticipation for the next performance

Yankees' Domingo German perfect through 8 innings against Athletics
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Reflecting on his achievement during a postgame interview on the YES Network, Domingo German expressed his excitement.

“When you think about something very unique in baseball, not many people have an opportunity to pitch a perfect game. To accomplish something like this in my career is something I will remember forever.”

Domingo German’s perfect game was the first for the Yankees since David Cone achieved the feat on July 18, 1999, against the Montreal Expos. However, he hopes to avoid a fate similar to Cone’s subsequent start, where Cone struggled and allowed six runs in four innings against Cleveland.

Yankees manager Aaron Boone praised Domingo German’s performance, emphasizing his command of all his pitches and highlighting the effectiveness of his curveball, aided by the quality of his changeup and fastball.

Domingo German has a solid track record against the Orioles, boasting a 6-1 record with a 2.40 ERA in nine career appearances (seven starts) against them. In his last outing against Baltimore on September 30, 2022, in New York, he gave up two runs in 5 1/3 innings, resulting in his first loss against them.

Meanwhile, the Orioles halted a four-game losing streak with a narrow 2-1 victory over the Minnesota Twins. Although they struggled offensively in the series, managing only three runs and 12 hits, the Orioles secured the win on Sunday when rookie infielder Jordan Westburg was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded in the eighth inning.

Westburg underwent X-rays after being hit on the back of his left hand but is expected to play on Monday. However, the Orioles may be without outfielder Austin Hays, who exited the game after the fourth inning due to a hip contusion and is considered day-to-day.

Tyler Wells is taking the mound for Baltimore, who aims to avoid his third consecutive loss. In his previous starts, he allowed four runs in five innings against Tampa Bay and two in six innings against the Cincinnati Reds, resulting in losses.

Wells has struggled against the Yankees, holding a career record of 0-4 with a 5.26 ERA in 12 appearances (six starts) against them. In his last encounter with the Yankees on May 24, he gave up five runs in five innings but did not factor into the decision as the Orioles secured a 9-6 victory with an impressive eight-run seventh inning.

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