Yankees bullpen falters in 6-3 loss to Orioles

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John Allen
Wednesday July 5, 2023

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New York Yankees 3, Baltimore Orioles 6

NEW YORK — Colton Cowser, a highly regarded prospect, made an impact in his first game in the big leagues by hitting a single that drove in a run. The game got more interesting when another youngster, Jordan Westburg, hit a powerful two-run triple to give his team the lead. This remarkable performance led Dean Kremer and the Baltimore Orioles to a 6-3 victory over the New York Yankees on Wednesday night.

In a truly remarkable display, Kremer (9-4) showcased his skills by striking out a career-high 10 batters over seven innings, allowing only four hits. The game took an exciting turn in the ninth inning when Ryan O’Hearn blasted a powerful two-run homer. The dynamic duo of All-Star relievers, Yennier Cano and Félix Bautista, joined forces to secure the final six outs, leading the second-place Orioles to a hard-fought victory. This win marked only the second time in eight games that the Orioles emerged triumphant.

The Yankees, who had previously claimed victory in the first two games of the AL East playoff contenders’ four-game series, saw home runs from Josh Donaldson and Anthony Volpe. Adding to their offensive display, Kyle Higashioka contributed with an RBI single.

Summoned from the minor leagues to fill in for a scheduled start that was postponed due to rainout in St. Louis last Friday, rookie Randy Vásquez delivered an impressive performance, providing the New York team with five outstanding innings. With a solid 2-0 lead, Vásquez was taken out of the game after throwing 75 pitches.

In the sixth inning, Cedric Mullins displayed his prowess by hitting a double with one out against left-hander Nick Ramirez (0-1). Adding to the excitement, Aaron Hicks smacked a sharp single that was skillfully stopped by the diving Donaldson behind third base, allowing Mullins to advance to third.

Freshly promoted from Triple-A Norfolk, Cowser wasted no time in making an impact as he confidently singled to right field, securing his first career hit and forcing Ramirez out of the game. Westburg, yet another promising prospect recently called up from the minors, showcased his abilities by belting a triple on Michael King‘s initial pitch. The ball sailed past a diving Jake Bauers in left field, propelling Baltimore into the lead with a score of 3-2.

Capitalizing on the infield playing in, Westburg expertly raced home, beating Volpe’s throw to the plate, as Adam Frazier’s RBI grounder to the shortstop resulted in a run.

New York commenced the day boasting the finest bullpen ERA in all of Major League Baseball.

Volpe’s solo home run against Cano narrowed the gap to 4-3 in the eighth inning, but Bautista rose to the occasion, securing four outs to earn his 23rd save.


Thursday night’s grand finale of the four-game series will feature Yankees’ right-handed pitcher Luis Severino (1-3, 6.30 ERA) taking the mound against Orioles’ right-handed pitcher Kyle Bradish (4-4, 3.58 ERA). It promises to be an exciting matchup between these two skilled pitchers.

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