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.
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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