For 2 teams in the AL East heading in very different directions, there was a lot to watch during the Orioles- Yankees game on Monday. With the Orioles sitting at 38-74 and 35 games behind first place, there is not much left to root for this season. The Yankees have almost the exact opposite record at 73-39 and are looking not only to win the division but to secure home-field advantage throughout the playoffs as well.
For the 20,151 fans who came out to Camden Yards for the game, there were plenty of records to be seen. Baltimore’s Jonathon Villar hit for the cycle, a rare accomplishment in today’s game, and the Orioles brought the tying run to the plate in the 9th, before Aroldis Chapman struck him out to end the threat. Other than that, it was the visiting team hitting home run after home run and setting more records in Baltimore.
The Yankees hit 7 of them on the night, but it was Mike Tauchman’s 5th inning blast that set the record for most homers by a visiting team in a season at 30. By the end of the game, Tauchman had added another one and the Yankees now stand at 32. They still have 2 more games left in Baltimore and with the rate, they are hitting the ball out of the park, will have no problem adding on to the total.
In addition, the record for home runs against one opponent throughout a season is 48 by the 1956 Yankees against the Kansas City A’s. The current Yankees are only 7 back and will be looking to break that record by the end of the season as well.