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Johnson slams door on Yanks in Game 2

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Johnson slams door on Yanks in Game 2

Jim Johnson is back.
Well, its not like he was ever gone or left. Just kind of went AWOL for a few minutes Sunday night in the ninth inning of Game 1 of the ALDS against the Yankees.
However, the big right-hander returned with a vengeance in the ninth inning of Game 2 Monday night. The Birds were holding a 3-2 lead, and manager Buck Showalter called on him to close the door.
Johnson got Derek Jeter on a first-pitch ground-out, using a nasty sinker. Ichiro grounded out also before Alex Rodriguez ran the count full, and Johnson struck him out. Twelve pitches, eight strikes, ballgame.
I looked at the tape this morning, Johnson said. I went out and played catch to try and do something different. I had a little bit better feel on my fastball today and I was able to locate it better.

He relied heavily on his fastballsinker, and the Yankees couldnt handle it this time. Most teams couldnt handle it this year as Johnson finished with 51 saves. He was a rock for the Orioles in his role as a closer, but no closer can be perfect. Even Mariano Rivera has blown a few saves.
But Johnson said giving up the five runs in the ninth inning of Game 1 was over. He wanted to right the ship and get another chance. He said youve got to put the bad stuff out of your mind and move on to the next day.
Thats what he did.
You want the ball right away, Johnson said. You dont want to sit on it. You want to redeem yourself right away.
He did just that. The Orioles werent worried about him. That was obvious in the locker room after Game 1. Showalter said he never blinked or thought about bringing in anyone else. Jim Johnson is his closer.
Its real easy, like I said last night, to trust Jim Johnson, Showalter said. Hes done it a few times for us. He hasnt had many it really wasnt a blown save, it was pitching in a tie game in the ninth inning. Regardless if it was or wasnt, Jimmy would have been out there again tonight. Hes having a special year, a special year.

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Orioles make home run history Tuesday night in more ways than one

Orioles make home run history Tuesday night in more ways than one

The Orioles pitching staff has struggled with the long ball all season long, and it culminated in a couple of historic moments at the ballpark.

First, it was Gary Sanchez joining his teammate Gleyber Torres in torturing Orioles pitchers this season, launching his eighth home run of the year against the O’s alone. 

Torres reached that mark earlier in the series, making them the first pair to reach eight home runs in the same season against the Orioles since Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig. 

Anytime you’re the first to do something since literally Ruth and Gehrig, two of the greatest home run hitters in the history of the sport, you’re clearly doing something right (or wrong, if you’re an Orioles fan).

What’s especially concerning for the Orioles is how quickly Torres and Sanchez reached this mark, needing less than two months to accomplish what no one else had in an entire season for the last 88 years.

The other piece of history made also came with shocking speed in 2019.

In April, the Orioles became the first franchise to allow at least 50 home runs before May 1. The unfortunate thing for them is they reached the mark with a week and a half to spare.

That trend has continued into May, and the pitching staff now has another claim to fame.

In the sixth inning, the Yankees crushed their third bomb of the evening, bringing the Orioles home runs allowed total to 100 on the season. Per ESPN, the previous fastest team to allow that many was the 2000 Royals, who needed 57 games to make history.

The Orioles did it in just 48. They aren’t just setting records; they’re obliterating them.

Understandable, manager Brandon Hyde is less-than-pleased with the mark.

"We’re facing good teams, but you gotta pitch." Hyde emphatically told reporters after the game. "Gotta stay off the barrel, gotta be able to locate And if you don’t, in a hitter's ballpark, against guys who mash, you're going to give up 100 homers in 40-something games."

Hyde isn't wrong. If the staff keeps pitching the way they have so far, it’s not hard to imagine the Orioles setting a few more benchmarks for futility in 2019.

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Orioles Roundup: Bullpen blows early five run lead

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Orioles Roundup: Bullpen blows early five run lead

The Orioles had a five-run lead, but the bullpen was unable to hold it. The Yankees scored nine runs in the final four innings, leading their way to a 10-7 victory.

Here is your latest news on Baltimore and New York:

Player Notes:

ORIOLES:

Hanser Alberto had a career night in the loss. He had a career-best four hits and finished a triple short of the cycle.

Mark Trumbo could return to the field sooner than expected. He's expected to start some extended spring training games soon, with rehab starts to soon follow after that.

YANKEES:

Gleyber Torres hit his eighth home run of the season against Baltimore. It's still May.

Gary Sanchez completed the comeback for the Yankees, putting them ahead for good with a three-run home run in the ninth. He finished with four RBIs.

Miguel Andujar underwent successful surgery on his labrum on Monday. While he won't play again this season, he should be ready for spring training next season.

For the first time in his career, Troy Tulowitzki could play a position other than shortstop. He recently approached the Yankees brass and told them he'd be open to playing another position when he returns from injury, as Didi Gregorius is expected to return soon.

Injuries: 

SP Alex Cobb: Back, 10-Day IL

SP Nate Karns: Arm, 10-Day IL

DH Mark Trumbo: Knee, 60-Day IL

Coming Up:

Monday 5/20: Orioles @ Yankees, 7:05 p.m., Yankee Stadium 

Tuesday 5/21: Orioles @ Yankees, 7:05 p.m., Yankee Stadium 

Wednesday 5/22: Orioles @ Yankees, 7:05 p.m., Yankee Stadium  

Thursday 5/23: Orioles @ Yankees, 12:35 p.m., Yankee Stadium  

Source: Rotoworld

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