Volpe starts Yankees’ stunning comeback, Bader seals win against Orioles

Anthony Volpe and Harrison Bader led the Yankees to 6-3 win over the Orioles on July 3, 2023, at Yankee Stadium.

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The atmosphere at Yankee Stadium was electrifying on Monday night, with fireworks igniting early as Harrison Bader unleashed a game-changing three-run homer in the eighth inning. Bader’s clutch hit propelled the Yankees to a 6-3 victory over the Baltimore Orioles.

Yet, it was Anthony Volpe, riding an impressive 8-game hitting streak, who ignited the Yankees‘ comeback with a powerful home run.

The winning rally in the bottom of the eighth was kick-started by Giancarlo Stanton, who smacked a line-drive single to center field. Following that, Anthony Rizzo came through with a well-placed single through the right side of the infield against left-handed pitcher Danny Coulombe, advancing pinch-runner Oswaldo Cabrera to second base.

The highlight of the night came from Bader, who delivered a monumental blast against the formidable Baltimore team, propelling the Yankees to a victory as they kicked off their seven-game homestand.

Bader acknowledged the electric atmosphere in The Bronx as the sold-out crowd of 46,015 brought a wave of energy to the game.

“The Bronx showed up with energy,’’ he said.

The Volpe day for the Yankees

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In the opening game of a four-game series, the New York Yankees mounted an impressive comeback to secure a 6-3 victory against the Baltimore Orioles. Initially falling behind 3-0 in the third inning, the Yankees rallied with consecutive home runs by Anthony Volpe and Kyle Higashioka in the fifth, narrowing the deficit. They managed to tie the game in the seventh thanks to a wild pitch. The Yankees’ resilient performance ultimately led to their well-deserved win.

In the bottom of the fifth inning, the Yankees responded with two runs of their own. Impressive contributions came from rookie shortstop Anthony Volpe and catcher Kyle Higashioka, both hitting solo home runs. The Yankees continued their momentum in the seventh inning, where Volpe showcased his skills once again, scoring a run on a wild pitch to level the game.

After a close call with a deep fly ball to left-center field in his previous at-bat, Volpe showed his power with a well-struck solo home run in the fifth inning, providing a much-needed boost for the Yankees. Following Volpe’s homer, Higashioka, who had doubled earlier in the game, joined the home run party, going back-to-back with Volpe to narrow the deficit to 3-2.

Although Volpe had a challenging start to the season, he has shown significant improvement in recent weeks. Prior to Monday’s game, his performance over the past four weeks had been impressive, with a batting average of .309, an on-base percentage of .382, and a slugging percentage of .456. During this time, he also hit a home run, drove in three runs, and successfully stole three bases.

In the 18 games following the chicken parm incident, Anthony Volpe has been on fire. He has recorded 22 hits in 58 at-bats, resulting in an impressive batting average of .379. Among those hits are 5 doubles, a triple, and 2 home runs, showcasing his power at the plate. Additionally, he has drawn 7 walks, contributing to his solid on-base percentage. Overall, Volpe has displayed excellent performance with an OPS of 1.050 during this period.

During the seventh inning’s bottom half, Isiah Kiner-Falefa and Volpe managed to connect with singles off Mike Baumann.

After Higashioka displayed impressive contact in his previous two plate appearances, he executed a bunt to advance the runners, setting up a challenging encounter for DJ LeMahieu against the formidable right-handed pitcher Yennier Cano.

With the infield drawn in, LeMahieu made contact and hit a ground ball back to the pitcher, resulting in a play where Kiner-Falefa was tagged out in a rundown between third base and home plate.

Bader gave credit to Judge

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In the bottom of the eighth inning, experienced outfielder Harrison Bader provided the Yankees with their initial lead by smashing a three-run homer off the left-handed pitcher Danny Coulombe.

In the bottom of the eighth inning, with the game tied, Bader crushed a pivotal three-run home run off Orioles reliever Danny Coulombe, propelling the Yankees to a 6-3 victory. This marked the first time the 29-year-old outfielder had hit a home run in the eighth inning or later to give his team the lead.

Aaron Boone praised Bader’s impact on the lineup, stating that he added toughness and was a highly competitive player.

“He makes our lineup tougher,’’ the manager said. “He’s a really good competitor.”

Bader acknowledged the significance of a motivational conversation with Aaron Judge in the midst of the game, which helped him maintain his concentration leading up to his crucial at-bat that ultimately shifted the game’s outcome.

The Yankees’ victory was particularly notable as it came against a resilient Orioles team that currently holds a three-game advantage over them in the wild-card standings. The Orioles have transformed from a team easily defeated at Camden Yards to a more formidable opponent.

At the start of the four-game series against the Orioles, the Yankees recognized the chance to narrow the gap between them and Baltimore for the second spot in the AL East standings. They wasted no time in seizing the opportunity, making significant progress with a strong performance on Monday.

Harrison Bader expressed his satisfaction with the victory, acknowledging the strength of the Orioles team. He emphasized the significance of the win for the Yankees, recognizing the quality of their opponents.

Bader crushed a mammoth 415-foot home run to the left field, as per Statcast projections, marking his seventh homer of the season. The crowd of 46,015 at the Bronx stadium, witnessing the team’s 11th sellout of the year, erupted with excitement. Bader’s impressive performance continues, boasting an impressive slash line of .356/.360/.622 and 29 RBIs with runners in scoring position since joining the Yankees.

The Yankees (47-38) handed the Orioles (49-34) their fifth loss in the past six games, narrowing the divisional gap to three games. The teams are set to face each other again at Yankee Stadium on Tuesday at 1:05 p.m., providing an opportunity for the Yankees to further close the margin.

The Yankees were particularly pleased with the outcome following a challenging road trip. They went 4-3, facing the struggling Oakland Athletics and the below-.500 St. Louis Cardinals. The Cardinals dominated the Yankees in the three-game series over the weekend, outscoring them 18-7.

With only six games remaining until the All-Star break, the Yankees view it as an opportunity to continue making progress. They aim to replicate their performance from Monday’s game against the Orioles, where they mounted a comeback. The team wants to prove that their series loss to the St. Louis Cardinals over the weekend was an exception and not reflective of their overall abilities.

Bader acknowledged the tremendous energy from the crowd in The Bronx, expressing his appreciation for the fans’ support. He mentioned that the team is currently in a crucial phase of the season, right in the midst of it. Securing a victory for the fans was a great accomplishment. Bader praised the collective effort of the team, particularly after a long road trip without a break in between. He credited everyone for their outstanding performance throughout the game. Bader’s personal performance included a single in the second inning, raising his batting average to .261 in the 38 games he has played.

Bader emphasized the significance of the win for the team, highlighting its importance in their journey moving forward. He expressed their intention to carry the positive energy from the victory into future games, indicating their determination to keep progressing and performing at a high level.

“Those guys are really good over there, so that’s a big win for us,” he told.

Yankees bullpen too got the credit

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The Yankees can attribute a portion of Monday’s victory to their bullpen’s impressive performance. After starter Domingo German exited the game in the fifth inning, four relievers – Nick Ramirez, Ian Hamilton, Tommy Kahnle, and Clay Holmes – collaborated to deliver 4 ⅔ scoreless innings, effectively shutting down the Orioles’ offense.

German’s outing came to a close in the fifth inning following consecutive singles with one out.

Amidst the crowd’s celebration of his perfect game, he exited the game to a roaring ovation, acknowledging the fans. Despite allowing nine hits, he managed to limit Baltimore to three runs, two of which were earned.

In the seventh inning, Ian Hamilton managed to avoid any harm as Anthony Volpe made an exceptional catch on O’Hearn’s sharply hit line drive, leaving two runners stranded in scoring position.

The Yankees and Orioles are scheduled to meet again on Tuesday afternoon, continuing their four-game series. The anticipated pitching duel will feature Clarke Schmidt for the Yankees and Kyle Gibson for the Orioles. Notably, Carlos Rodón, the top free-agent signing, is set to make his much-anticipated debut on Friday night.

With both teams trailing the division-leading Tampa Bay Rays by a margin of more than five games, this series between the Yankees and Orioles holds significant importance in terms of wild-card seeding. The Yankees started the series four games behind the Orioles, making it a crucial opportunity for them to narrow the gap in the standings.

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