Even Donald Trump wasn’t this hard on Baltimore.
The Yankees won their 15th straight game over the Orioles on Tuesday night, this time 8-3, making another mockery of Baltimore’s pitching. It’s their longest winning streak against an opponent in one season since they won 15 in a row against the Philadelphia A’s in 1954.
They’ve now scored eight or more runs in six consecutive games versus Baltimore — all in the last nine days — and are a season-high 39 games over .500 (80-41).
And for a change, the Yankees didn’t just do it with their bats. They also got another solid outing from Domingo German, as the right-hander continues to be their most dependable starter. He allowed two runs in seven innings, helping Aaron Boone rest his bullpen a day after a doubleheader — and during a stretch in which the Yankees are playing 19 games in 17 days.
On Tuesday, the Yankees immediately got to work against left-hander John Means, with DJ LeMahieu sending his first pitch of the night into the seats for a 1-0 lead. It was their 60th homer in 18 games against the Orioles.
Aaron Judge, Gio Urshela and Gary Sanchez all followed with hard-hit outs.
Gleyber Torres still couldn’t make an out while facing Baltimore pitching, drawing a leadoff walk in the second. Didi Gregorius doubled to right and Cameron Maybin delivered a two-run single to make it 3-0.
Gregorius nearly added to the lead in the third. With runners on the corners and two outs, he drilled a liner to deep center, where a running Stevie Wilkerson made a lunging catch to save two runs.
It was just a matter of time, though, until the Yankees scored again.
German pitched around doubles in the second and third innings before Anthony Santander opened the fourth with a homer to center to get the Orioles to 3-1.
The Yankees extended their lead in the fourth on a two-out, two-run double from the struggling Judge to end Means’ outing. Urshela and Sanchez added RBI singles off Miguel Castro, who threw behind Sanchez during his at-bat. No warning was issued.
German gave up another solo homer in the fifth, this time to Wilkerson to cut the Yankees’ lead to 7-2. Overall, German was very effective in his 93-pitch outing as the Yankees try to determine how best to utilize him down the stretch, with an unspecified innings limit looming.
A two-out RBI double by Mike Tauchman put the Yankees ahead 8-2 before Tauchman was thrown out when he got overly aggressive and tried to get to third on the play.
The Yankees close out their season series with Baltimore on Wednesday, with the surging Indians about to arrive in The Bronx for a key four-game series that will no doubt be more competitive than this mess.
From Torres’ record-setting performance — although he didn’t homer on Tuesday — to another three-hit day by Urshela, the Yankees have been relentless with minor league quality pitching on the mound.
The Orioles have lost eight of nine, including a 23-2 shellacking at the hands of the Astros last weekend.
Adonis Rosa made his MLB debut when he took over for German to start the eighth. It came a day after Brady Lail also appeared in his first game in the majors while the Yankees avoided using the heart of their pen.