Energized by two more Gleyber Torres home runs, the New York Yankees clinched their sixth straight series win.
Some players are lucky to hit 10 home runs all season. Gleyber Torres has done so against one team before May’s end.
The New York Yankees shortstop added two more home runs against the Baltimore Orioles, providing the necessary margin in a 7-5 victory on Wednesday night.
Gleyber Torres is:
-The 4th player ever with 4 multi-HR games in a season vs. the same team
-The first since 1955 (Roy Sievers, WSH) pic.twitter.com/81YySNFEgR
— MLB Stats (@MLBStats) May 23, 2019
With three wins earned in what will be a four-game set, the Yankees (31-17) have won their sixth straight series.
Gary Thorne has seen enough of Gleyber Torres for a lifetime
Gleyber’s only 22 years old
— Talkin' Yanks (@TalkinYanks) May 23, 2019
The Orioles (15-33) began to creep back into the game via a Hanser Alberto double in the third inning and a Torres error that allowed Renato Nunez to score in the fourth. Two familiar sights stifled their comeback effort.
Gary Sanchez added to the Yankees’ lead in the same way he won Monday’s game. His home run to left field off Dan Straily (L, 1-4) made it 6-1 again. In the Yankees’ half of the fifth, Torres immediately atoned for his error with yet another solo shot. His 10th home run against the Orioles is the most any player has against a single opponent this season.
Gary Sanchez is a weapon of mass destruction pic.twitter.com/VEotberZRd
— Eric Hubbs (@BarstoolHubbs) May 23, 2019
Gleyber Torres against Baltimore in 2019: 20-for-41 with 10 HR. pic.twitter.com/EBDrTqLGoU
— New York Yankees (@Yankees) May 23, 2019
The two home runs turned out to be big for the Yankee cause. Baltimore home runs by Richie Martin and Nunez set the stage for a tense second half. The Nunez blast was a two-run homer that narrowed the score to 7-5.
Those key scores marred an otherwise decent evening for Yankees starter CC Sabathia (W, 3-1). He struck out seven over five innings while allowing six hits and four earned runs.
That would end up being the final ledger thanks to a strong bullpen effort on each side. Tommy Kahnle, Adam Ottavino, and Chad Green combined for three innings of one-hit ball before Aroldis Chapman earned his 13th save of the year.
The Yankees will go for the series sweep, as well as their fifth straight win, Thursday afternoon (12:35 p.m. ET, YES). Masahiro Tanaka (3-3, 3.09 ERA) is expected to take the hill for the Yankees against Dylan Bundy (2-5, 4.66 ERA).