The Baltimore Orioles suffered their first loss of 2021 at Yankee Stadium this evening. Starter Jorge Lopez pitched better than his stat line indicates. Lopez’s line: 4.2 IP, 3 H, 4 R, 3 BB, 5 K.
Lopez gave up a solo homer to Judge in the last of the fourth. In most ballparks that might not have been a home run, however Yankee Stadium of course has a short porch in right field. Hicks would walk with the bases loaded an inning later, chasing Lopez.
However the bases remained loaded for Stanton. And he took a pitch right down Broadway and sent it deep into the centerfield grandstand. That blew the game wide open, and LeMahieu’s RBI-single cemented the victory in a New York minute with an RBI-single in the last of the sixth.
But there was an aspect of this game that was very noteworthy for the O’s. They brought in Rule 5 pitcher Mac Sceroler in the sixth inning in a tight spot. Sceroler was previously of the Philadelphia Phillies’ organization, and is the nephew of former Oriole Ben McDonald.
Sceroler came into the game in a heck of a jam, one out and bases loaded. Oh, and Judge coming to the plate. But he managed to strike Judge out. And he induced a pop out of Hicks to end the inning.
Make no mistake that Mac Sceroler was the story of this game. He pitched 2.2 innings (closed the game out), and surrendered two walks. He shut down one of the most potent lineups in baseball. Granted he came in when the game was out of reach as it was, but what he did was incredible.
And he did it primarily with his fastball. Which is highly reminiscent of his Uncle Ben. He also had a very effective change up, which always compliments a flamethrower. However needless to say, it had to be a proud moment for Ben McDonald seeing his nephew make his big league debut. Especially for his former team.
As for the rest of the game, Stanton’s grand slam came on the heels of three walks. Including a lead off walk. The Orioles need to limit that. Less traffic on the base paths equals fewer opportunities for teams to score runs against them.