Eddie MatzESPN Senior WriterShut
- Eddie Matz covers the Washington Nationals and the enviornment of Primary League Baseball for ESPN.com. He’s been writing for ESPN since 2002, and is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania.
BALTIMORE — The Bronx Bombers are doing their preferrred bombing in Baltimore.
In the an analogous metropolis where Francis Scott Key famously penned “The Wide name-Spangled Banner,” the Unique York Yankees hit their forty ninth home bustle in opposition to the Baltimore Orioles this season, breaking the story for most by a crew in opposition to a single opponent in a single season.
The story breaker came in the head of the fifth inning Wednesday night at Camden Yards, when Gio Urshela sent a 97 mph sinker from reliever Miguel Castro over the left-heart-field fence for a two-bustle shot.
Earlier in the game, catcher Kyle Higashioka went deep off starter John Manner to tie the story. The old imprint was once held by the 1956 Yankees, who hit 48 homers in opposition to the Kansas City Athletics.
On Monday, the Yankees established a story by hitting their thirty 2d home bustle at Camden this season. That was once the preferrred complete by a visiting crew at any stadium in a single season, breaking the dilapidated story of 29, held by the 1957 Braves (at Cincinnati’s former Crosley Field).
They’ve handiest added to it since.
Main the barrage for Unique York is infielder Gleyber Torres, who’s launched 10 of his 23 homers this season in opposition to the Birds. Nine of catcher Gary Sanchez‘s 24 home runs comprise been at Baltimore’s expense, while more than half of of outfielder Clint Frazier’s 11 dingers (six) comprise come versus the O’s.
Going yard in opposition to Baltimore is nothing recent.
Getting into Wednesday, Orioles hurlers had surrendered 229 home runs, most in the majors and 31 more than the following-closest membership (Seattle). They comprise been on walk to produce the season with 328 homers allowed, which would smash the story of 258, currently held by the 2016 Cincinnati Reds.
The Yankees started play Wednesday having hit 198, 2d in baseball in the help of the Minnesota Twins (223).
Overall, MLB home bustle numbers comprise spiked this season. Through Tuesday’s video games, 3.6% of all plate appearances had resulted in a round-tripper, up from 3.0% a year in the past. In 2017, MLB hitters collectively posted a 3.3% home bustle rate that was once the preferrred in league history.