New York Yankees

BALTIMORE, MARYLAND - APRIL 17: Rougned Odor #12 of the Baltimore Orioles celebrates with Robinson Chirinos #23 after driving in two runs in the eighth inning against the New York Yankees at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on April 17, 2022 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)


Yankees starting pitcher Nestor Cortes had a rare feat that few enjoy, pitching an immaculate inning against the Baltimore Orioles as he struck out the side on just nine pitches. Nine! How rare is the immaculate inning? There have only been 106 immaculate innings in baseball history.

Cortes wound up striking out 12 batters in five innings of work, keeping the Yankees in a scoreless game during the early stages.

Unfortunately for Cortes, the Yankees offense had no answers for Bruce Zimmerman. Zimmerman and three relievers held the Yankees to just four hits, all of them singles.

The Orioles went to work scratching out five runs in the bottom of the eighth. Ex-Yankees Rougned Odor’s two-run single staked the Orioles to a 2-0 lead. Kelvin Gutierrez would follow with a two-run double to make it 4-0. Jorge Mateo capped off a 3-for-4 afternoon with a RBI single to push across the final run of the day.

The loss dropped the Yankees at 5-5 on the season. New York also lost two of three to the O’s over the weekend, a huge disappointment against one of the weaker teams in the American League.