BALTIMORE—As the Orioles were constructing their 2016 team, it became apparent that this team had the potential to hit lots of home runs.
It’s rare when something in baseball turns out the way many had predicted, but the Orioles power numbers are real, and the forecasts were accurate.
On Friday night, they became the second Orioles team to feature six hitters with 20 or more home runs.
In all, they hit four as the Orioles beat the New York Yankees 8-0 before 24,226 at Oriole Park.
Pedro Alvarez hit his 20th, joining Mark Trumbo, Chris Davis, Manny Machado, Adam Jones and Jonathan Schoop with 20 or more.
Trumbo, Davis and Machado each homered, too.
“That’s what we were hoping for in spring training when we were fielding questions along the same lines. What is this offense capable of? And I think in a lot of ways we’ve had the kind of production we were looking for,” Trumbo said.
Alvarez’s 20th, a two-run shot that landed on Eutaw Street, his second this season, gave the Orioles a 3-0 lead. Davis hit his 33rd, another two-run home run, and Trumbo hit his 41st.
“It’s something that’s been talked about a long time, so there’s the potential for that. Not too surprised that this team has been able to do such a feat and we definitely have the caliber of players to do so,” Alvarez said.
Machado, wearing gaudy gold shoes in honor of Major League Baseball’s observance of pediatric cancer awareness day, hit a two-run homer in the fourth, his 33rd.
The Orioles (73-61) have hit 213 home runs, and are on pace to hit 257, which would match the team record set in 1996. That year, the Orioles had seven players hit 20 home runs or more.
This year’s team is different. For the first time, the Orioles have three 30 home run hitters: Trumbo, Davis and Machado.
“I've got a really good seat and I don't ever take it for granted, the things that they do against the best pitchers in the world. It's not like they're sneaking up on anybody, either. So it's just been a consistent threat we've had all year. It's who we are, and that's OK. We'll score enough runs,” manager Buck Showalter said.
Trumbo, who had never had more than 34, has the seventh most home runs in an Orioles season.
“That’s where we excel when we are going well. Pitchers really having to pick and choose who they want to go after. If we have some depth in the lineup, which we definitely do, that can make for a pretty tough time for the opposition if we’re going well,” Trumbo said.
Dylan Bundy (8-5) pitched 5 2/3 shutout innings, allowing just two hits, walking four and striking out five.
Bundy rebounded from last Saturday’s rough start when he gave up five runs in four innings against New York (69-64).
“Command was better. He got some things go his way, too. Couple balls they hit hard that we caught,” Showalter said. “Things like that that have been kind of working against us, we got some breaks tonight. But Dylan was good. He really shows a lot of maturity pitching. He’s had a couple times when he’s had some big leads and doesn’t take his foot off the gas at all. If anything, he kind of slows the game down a little bit. It’s been impressive to watch him when we’re ahead,” Showalter said.
Bundy got the offensive support he needed.
“It’s interesting every time I come to t ballpark and watch this offense hit. We’ve got a good lineup, and they can put up runs for us,” Bundy said.
Chad Green (2-4) started for the Yankees, but left the game with pain in his right elbow after walking Machado in the second.
Donnie Hart, Vance Worley and Tommy Hunter combined to pitch a perfect 3 1/3 innings. The two hits allowed by the Orioles were the fewest of the season, and the shutout was the team’s sixth, and third against New York.
Jones returned to the lineup after missing a week with a strained left hamstring. He was 2-for-4 and drove in the Orioles’ first run with a bloop single in the six-run second.
“It's just the presence of him running out to center field to start the game. He comes in with a lot of time off and whacks a breaking ball into center field for a base hit. It's kind of like 'Adam's back,’” Showalter said.
NOTES: Michael Bourn and Drew Stubbs made their Orioles debut. Each was inserted in the eighth inning, and went 0-for-1. … Showalter tied Miller Huggins for 25th place among managers with 1,413 wins. … CC Sabathia (8-11, 4.31) faces Kevin Gausman (6-10, 3.73) on Saturday night.