Last week, Yankees pitcher Domingo Germán achieved a remarkable milestone by throwing the 24th perfect game in MLB history against the Oakland A’s. However, his follow-up performance didn’t go as planned. Just a few days later, Germán struggled and was unable to complete the fifth inning in the New York Yankees’ 6-3 victory over the Baltimore Orioles. Discover Yankees pitcher Domingo Germán stumbles in first outing after perfect game in win vs. Orioles.
Germán was out of the game after pitching 4⅓ innings. Giving up nine hits and two runs while striking out five. Nick Ramirez replaced Germán after the latter threw 86 pitches, with an ERA of 4.52.
The Orioles took advantage of Germán’s struggles, scoring a run in the second inning with an RBI single from Cedric Mullins. They added two more runs in the third inning thanks to a double by Adley Rutschman and a single by Ryan O’Hearn.
It wasn’t until the fifth inning, when Anthony Volpe and Kyle Higashioka hit solo home runs, that the Yankees managed to get on the scoreboard. Then, in the eighth inning, Harrison Bader’s three-run shot gave the Yankees the lead and sealed their three-run victory.
Challenging Season for Germán with Exceptional Perfect Game
The Yankees have won six of their last nine games but currently sit in third place in the AL East, trailing the leading Tampa Bay Rays by nine games. They have six games remaining before the All-Star break. Germán, who has a 4.52 ERA in over 85 innings pitched and a 5-5 record in 16 starts this season, has had a mixed performance so far.
While Germán achieved the first perfect game in 11 years for the Yankees in their 11-0 win over the Oakland A’s, his recent outings have been less impressive. Just six days prior to the perfect game, he received a harsh reaction from the home crowd at Yankee Stadium after allowing 10 runs in less than four innings against the Seattle Mariners. This was his second consecutive rough start, and he has struggled in three out of his last four games. The perfect game appears to be an exceptional performance in an otherwise challenging season for Germán, and it should be noted that it was against one of the weaker teams in the league.