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.
Gleyber Torres and Gary Sánchez are the second pair of Yankees to each hit 8 HR against the Orioles franchise in the same season (Lou Gehrig and Babe Ruth did it in 1927 and 1931).— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) May 21, 2019
The Orioles were known at the St. Louis Browns those years. pic.twitter.com/Qx6NI1TZML
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.
With the way the season has gone so far, it’s not hard to imagine the Orioles setting a few more benchmarks for futility in 2019.
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Juan Soto did something Tuesday night at Citi Field that made the whole broadcaster's jinx theory come to life.
During Soto's 2nd inning at-bat, former MLB first baseman, five-time All-Star, 1979 co-NL MVP, two-time World Series champion, and current Mets broadcaster Keith Hernandez went out on a limb to describe the 20-year-old phenom.
He is not a home run hitter even though he had nice power here last year.
So, in a rather timely fashion, the lefty launched a moonshot, 410-foot solo home run to right field for Washington's first run of the game.
Juan Soto is 20 years old.— Washington Nationals (@Nationals) May 22, 2019
Juan Soto has played 154 @MLB games.
Here's the Mets broadcast saying Juan Soto isn't a HR hitter.
Here's Juan Soto immediately hitting his 29th career HR ONTO THE CONCOURSE OF THE UPPER DECK. pic.twitter.com/BCL37k4X4A
In fairness, Hernandez was just trying to explain that Soto isn't a home run hitter because of the type of swing he demonstrates, one that typically produces more line drives than long-balls.
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