- The Washington Times - Wednesday, July 26, 2000


BALTIMORE The New York Yankees showed why they are two-time defending World Series champions last night in a 19-1 massacre of the Baltimore Orioles at Camden Yards. The Bronx Bombers had strong pitching, good defense, timely hitting and the long ball on their side. The Orioles had none of that.
The 18-run loss was one of the worst in Orioles history. It was one run shy of a 26-7 blasting against Texas in April of 1996. Baltimore was on pace for its worst shutout loss until B.J. Surhoff ended the drought with a solo home run in the 8th inning that cut the lead to 17-1.
The debacle was witnessed by many Yankee fans among the sold-out crowd of 47,874 at Camden Yards. What they saw was a good reason why New York should be considered the favorite to hoist the championship trophy again this October. Fans also saw many of the flaws that have haunted the Orioles all season.
Paul O'Neill blasted a 3-run homer and had six RBI. Derek Jeter added a two-run homer and Bernie Williams pasted a grand slam to make it 16-0, but it was the execution of little things that got New York rolling. Andy Pettitte (10-6) picked up the win by tossing seven shutout innings as the Yankees (53-42) won their third straight and extended their American League East lead to three games.
Meanwhile, Baltimore was doomed by poor pitching and shoddy defense. Scott Erickson (5-8) allowed eight runs, all earned, over four innings as the Orioles (43-56) lost their third in a row. New York will go for a three-game sweep tonight.
Many Baltimore fans left after the sixth inning when the Yankees were leading 10-0. They were the lucky ones.
The Yankees began by creating runs early in the game. Jose Vizcaino, who scored a career-high four runs, led off the game with a single on a slow roller to second, which Delino DeShields tossed into the photographers' pit behind first base. That put Vizcaino on second before Jeter's sacrifice bunt advanced him to third, and O'Neill's bloop hit over a drawn-in infield made it 1-0.
The Yankees opened the lead to 4-0 in the third, thanks to execution and well-placed hits. Scott Brosius and Vizcaino singled to the start the rally. Jeter then grounded out to short, but a hit-and-run was on and both runners moved up. O'Neill's groundout to second scored Brosius and William's opposite-field single brought in Vizcaino. David Justice's double into the left-field corner allowed Williams to score from first.
That was enough of the petty stuff for New York. It was time for the firepower to come out. O'Neill's three-run shot off Erickson was a towering fly ball that landed in the right-center field bleachers. The 381-foot shot was O'Neill's 13th of the season and gave the Yankees an 8-0 lead in the fourth.
Jeter's blast came in the sixth off Gabe Molina. The All-Star shortstop's 10th homer made it 10-0. Williams capped a sixth-run seventh inning with the grand slam to left off Chuck McElroy. And Brosius added a solo shot in the 8th to make it 17-0.
Baltimore avoided its worst shutout in history when Surhoff connected on his 13th home run in the 8th. Clay Bellinger added another two-run shot in the ninth to complete the long-ball exhibition.

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