Yankees stage dramatic comeback to beat Orioles after a night of boos

Yankees players are celebrating after beating the Orioles 6-3 on July 3, 2023, at Yankee Stadium.
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NEW YORK — Harrison Bader hit a crucial three-run home run in the eighth inning, which helped the New York Yankees beat the Baltimore Orioles 6-3 in a thrilling comeback win on Monday night. This was the first of four games between two American League East teams trying to get into the playoffs.

The tying run was scored by Anthony Volpe in the seventh inning, courtesy of a wild pitch thrown by the All-Star reliever Yennier Cano (1-1), just before the Yankees mounted their impressive rally. Following the game, a spectacular fireworks show added to the celebratory atmosphere at Yankee Stadium.

The eighth inning began with a resolute single by Giancarlo Stanton off Cano, swiftly followed by a well-executed single from Anthony Rizzo against Danny Coulombe.

Displaying a feint at bunting on the initial pitch, Bader unleashed a powerful swing on a 1-1 count, sending the ball soaring into the left-field seats for his seventh home run of the season.

Yankees manager Aaron Boone remarked that he had initially intended to play it for just one pitch, probably in that particular situation. However, he expressed surprise as Harrison Bader went on to exceed expectations, capitalizing on a hanger and achieving commendable results.

With elation evident on his face, Harrison Bader raised his arms in a triumphant gesture to celebrate the remarkable 415-foot drive, all while gracefully making his way around the first base.

Expressing his thoughts, Harrison Bader conveyed that the experience was truly enjoyable. He mentioned how the Bronx exhibited remarkable energy on that night, emphasizing that they were currently in the midst of the season and fully engaged in the competitive atmosphere. Bader expressed his satisfaction with securing a victory for the fans. He expressed his primary focus of rounding the bases, rejoining his teammates, executing solid defense, and ultimately concluding the game.

This season, Harrison Bader experienced two stints on the injured list due to separate injuries—an oblique injury that caused a delay in his 2023 debut until May 2, and a hamstring injury that caused him to miss 16 games. Notably, when Bader has been in the lineup, the Yankees boast an impressive record of 26 wins and 12 losses. Additionally, being a native of New York, Bader achieved a personal milestone by hitting his first career go-ahead home run in the eighth inning or later.

Prior to his clutch drive, Bader encountered a less successful at-bat in the sixth inning against Baltimore starter Tyler Wells, popping out on the first pitch with runners on base. However, in the dugout, he received a pep talk from injured Yankees captain Aaron Judge, which seemingly played a motivating role in his subsequent game-changing performance.

Expressing his gratitude, Harrison Bader acknowledged that the pep talk he received from injured Yankees captain Aaron Judge served as a valuable and impactful reminder. Bader expressed his deep appreciation for Judge’s words of encouragement.

To ignite the comeback, both Volpe and Kyle Higashioka delivered consecutive home runs in the fifth inning. The momentum continued as Volpe exhibited his agility and determination, scoring a crucial run on a headfirst slide in the seventh.

In the eighth inning, pitcher Tommy Kahnle (1-0) displayed his skill by leaving former Yankees outfielder Aaron Hicks stranded, effectively maintaining the tie. Clay Holmes took charge in the ninth, striking out two batters in an impressive 1-2-3 inning to secure his 10th save of the season. This performance further solidified the New York bullpen’s dominance, as they now possess the lowest earned run average (ERA) in the major leagues, standing at an impressive 2.83.

On the other hand, the Baltimore Orioles, currently in second place, experienced their fifth loss in six games. Their lead over the third-place New York Yankees in the division standings now stands at three games.

Despite amassing 12 hits, matching their total from a recent three-game series against the Minnesota Twins, the Orioles also struggled with strikeouts, accumulating 11 throughout the game.

Adley Rutschman, the All-Star catcher for the Baltimore Orioles, showcased his batting prowess with an impressive three-hit performance, including an RBI double. Notably, Rutschman recently announced his participation in the upcoming Home Run Derby, adding excitement to his already noteworthy achievements.

Contributing to Baltimore’s early lead, Cedric Mullins delivered a well-placed bloop single to drive in a run, while Ryan O’Hearn followed suit with an RBI single. This propelled the Orioles to a 3-0 advantage after three innings, with their offense finding success against pitcher Domingo Germán.

Domingo Germán, fresh off the team’s fourth perfect game in history against the Oakland Athletics, took the mound but encountered some challenges. He allowed three runs, two of which were earned, and gave up nine hits in 4 1/3 innings of work. Notably, Germán adjusted his pitch selection, throwing 32 curveballs after having used the pitch 51 times during the perfect game.

As Germán made his way to the bullpen to warm up, he received a warm reception from the crowd, indicating their support and appreciation. Furthermore, upon his exit from the game, the audience gave him a nice ovation. During breaks in the action, the videoboard displayed clips of Germán’s remarkable perfect game, further highlighting his recent accomplishment.

Expressing his thoughts through a translator, Domingo Germán conveyed that the crowd’s reception meant a great deal to him. He expressed his gratitude for the fans and their display of support, emphasizing how uplifting it was to witness their positive response.

Yankees fans greeted Aaron Hicks with boos

In his first return to the Bronx since being released by the Yankees on May 25, Aaron Hicks had a 1-for-4 performance. Throughout the game, he faced a chorus of boos from the fans, both before each at-bat and during a brief tribute video played before the Yankees’ second inning.

Prior to the game, Hicks took to Instagram to express his gratitude to the Yankees. He shared an Instagram Story that conveyed his appreciation for his time with the organization.

In a heartfelt message, Aaron Hicks expressed his gratitude to the Yankees organization for the eight years he spent with them. He acknowledged feeling blessed for the opportunity to represent the city of New York during his tenure with the team.

UP NEXT

In the upcoming Tuesday afternoon matchup, Baltimore right-handed pitcher Kyle Gibson, with a season record of 8 wins and 5 losses and an ERA of 4.66, will face off against New York Yankees right-handed pitcher Clarke Schmidt, who holds a record of 3 wins and 6 losses with a 4.37 ERA. This will be the second encounter between these two pitchers this season. In their previous matchup on May 25 in New York, Gibson delivered an impressive performance, conceding only two hits over seven scoreless innings.

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