NEW YORK –- In an overpowering performance, Michael Pineda struck out 16 Orioles in seven innings. That’s right. Sixteen.
The Orioles never had a chance and leave New York with five losses in six games.
Their 6-2 loss to the Yankees before 39,059 at Yankee Stadium was painful in nearly every way.
Not only did the Orioles not hit, but Bud Norris didn’t pitch well, and there were some fielding breakdowns.
Pineda struck out two batters in the first, allowed J.J. Hardy’s first home run in the second while striking out the side. Hardy was the only Orioles hitter not to struck out against him.
In the third, Manny Machado and Jimmy Paredes singled, and he struck out two more.
Pineda struck out Chris Davis and Alejandro De Aza in the fourth. In the fifth, he fanned Caleb Joseph, Ryan Flaherty and Machado. Machado threw his bat and pounded his helmet in disgust.
Paredes and Adam Jones struck out to start the sixth, giving Pineda (5-0) 14. After Delmon Young’s double, Davis grounded out.
Joseph and Flaherty, who each struck out three times against Pineda, were victims No. 15 and 16.
According to STATS, It was the most by an Orioles opponent in a nine-inning game.
The 16 strikeouts equaled the second most in Yankees history. Only Ron Guidry (18) in 1978 struck out more.
After Esmil Rogers allowed a run in the Orioles’ eighth, Dellin Betances struck out Young and pinch hitter Travis Snider for the final out. It was the Orioles’ 18th strikeout, a record for a nine-inning game.
While Pineda was wonderful, Norris wasn’t.
The fourth inning was an awful one for Norris (1-4). With one out, Carlos Beltran homered to right field, his first of the season. Chase Headley walked and Stephen Drew singled. Didi Gregorius singled to right, but Young elected not to throw home, and Drew scored.
Jacoby Ellsbury doubled to left. De Aza initially broke back, and by the time he realized his mistake, the ball was over his head. Headley and Drew scored, and the Orioles (13-16) trailed 4-1.
Norris was removed for Brian Matusz. This was the third time in his sixth starts Norris had failed to complete four innings.
Brian McCann’s fourth home run of the year made it 5-1.
New York (20-12) scored its final run in the seventh off Jason Garcia on a double by Gregorius.
NOTES: The Orioles have claimed RHP Jorge Rondon on waivers from Colorado. He will be optioned to Triple-A Norfolk. Rondon has three major league appearances with the Cardinals and Rockies in 2014-15.
-Tom Cheney struck out 21 Orioles in a 16-inning game in 1962 and Sam McDowell 16 in a 10-inning game in 1965,
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