The Yankees swept their doubleheader with the Orioles on Monday, thanks to an 11-8 victory in game two. It's the fifth time in six tries that the Bombers have won both games of a twin bill. >> Box Score
Six takeaways from Monday's game two...
1) When Orioles fans fall asleep at night, they're likely to be haunted by nightmares of Gleyber Torres. After going deep in game one, the infielder launched a pair of three-run home runs in game two and now has a staggering 13 home runs against Baltimore this season. Only Lou Gehrig had more against an opponent in one season, when the Iron Horse hit 14 homers against the Indians in 1936. Torres has tortured the Orioles so much that, with his team trailing by five and runners on first and second with two outs in the eighth, manager Brandon Hyde opted to intentionally walk him.
2) Brett Gardner got the Yankees off and running early with a three-run triple in the bottom of the first. After singles from DJ LeMahieu, Gio Urshela and, shockingly, Torres, Gardner stepped to the plate and lofted a ball to left-center that was out of Anthony Santander's reach, allowing all three runners to score and giving the Yankees a quick 3-0 lead.
3) Mike Ford also got into the act with a home run of his own, a solo shot in the fourth inning to give the Yankees a 5-3 lead. Ford has four homers on the season, but three since being recalled from Triple-A Scranton on Aug. 4.
4) Chad Green opened on the mound for the Yankees and retired all four Orioles batters he faced. It's the 11th time he's taken the ball to start the game for the Yankees on the season.
5) A pair of Yankee pitchers made their team debuts to follow Green, one of whom was appearing as a big leaguer for the first time. Acquired from the Reds last week, Joe Mantiply went three innings in his first Major League appearance since 2016, allowing three runs on three hits. Brady Lail took over for Mantiply, and induced a double play on the very first batter of his big league career. He stayed in through the seventh, when he allowed a three-run homer to Hanser Alberto.
6) Nestor Cortes Jr. and Adam Ottavino combined to pitch the final two innings for the Yankees. After a scoreless eighth, Cortes loaded the bases in the ninth and gave way to Ottavino, who shut the door to seal the victory despite allowing two of Cortes' inherited runners to score.
Gardy hits the gas. pic.twitter.com/WnpjRjKktM- New York Yankees (@Yankees) August 12, 2019
Gleyber's 25th homer surpasses his total from last year. It's his 12th against Baltimore in 2019. pic.twitter.com/5AdyzPITf7- New York Yankees (@Yankees) August 13, 2019
"You gotta put four fingers up when Torres comes to the plate, cause when he comes around 3rd it's too late." -Gary Thorne pic.twitter.com/M1W1FVOGci- New York Yankees (@Yankees) August 13, 2019
The Yankees and Orioles will continue their four-game series on Tuesday at 7:05 p.m. RHP Domingo German (15-2, 4.05 ERA) starts for the Yanks against LHP John Means (8-7, 3.36 ERA).