The thing about chasing history, it’s not always easy.
The 2022 Yankees pursuit of keeping pace with the ’98 Yanks took a bit of a detour as the Baltimore Orioles walked it off 9-6 on Thursday afternoon.
The back and forth affair saw four lead changes and three ties as the O’s held a 6-5 lead through the sixth inning. The Yankees found a way in the top of the ninth inning to tie the ballgame up when D.J. LeMahieu knocked in Isiah Kiner-Falefa on a single to right.
Aaron Judge and Joey Gallo would both walk to load the bases for Giancarlo Stanton, but the slugger wound up lining out to center, killing the Yankees threat.
That missed opportunity turned into gold for the Orioles, who saw two men reach base safely before Anthony Santander crushed a three-run homer to left on the first pitch he saw to give the Orioles a 9-6 win.
The Yankees (28-10) open up a weekend series with the Chicago White Sox at Yankee Stadium. Phenom Nestor Cortes gets the ball for the Bombers.