NEW YORK -- The pain the Orioles have endured this season at Yankee Stadium is difficult to quantify. They’ve allowed 98 runs in nine games, and the Orioles actually won one of those games and gave up just four runs.
In 2017, the Orioles have allowed 150 runs to the Yankees. Since 1961, no team has scored that many runs against any opponent, and that’s the most the Orioles have allowed in any season against an opponent.
Jeremy Hellickson gave up six runs in the latest debacle, a 9-3 loss before 40,114.
The Orioles have lost nine of 10 and dropped to five games below .500 (72-77) for the first time since July 29, which was when Hellickson was acquired from Philadelphia.
In order to finish at .500, the Orioles will need to win nine of their final 13 games.
"It’s been tough. We were right in the thick of things a few weeks ago and yeah, it’s been frustrating," Hellickson said.
Hellickson, who has a 7.29 ERA for the Orioles in nine starts, allowed three-run home runs to Didi Gregorius in the third and Greg Bird in the fourth.
The right-hander walked four, and three of them scored.
"It hurt a lot. It’s kind of been strange, three of the last four starts I think I’ve had four walks in all three of them," Hellickson said. "I really haven’t gone through anything like that. Then the game in between, I have no walks. I’m kind of fighting myself, fighting my delivery. You know, just kind of difficult to get the ball down right now."
While the Orioles have slumped badly, their offense has led the way. In the 10 games they’ve scored just 21 runs.
But, it’s the pitching that’s most on manager Buck Showalter’s mind. Orioles starters have a 16.43 ERA this series and they’ve given up at least eight runs in six straight games at Yankee Stadium, something that’s never happened at any venue in Orioles franchise history.
"We’ve made a lot of bad pitches that ended up in the bleachers, and we walked the people before we hit them," Showalter said. "That’s a bad combination. You go back through it like we do after every game, there’s a lot of bad pitches being made with some stuff that isn’t up to we’re capable of taking out there."
The Orioles had just six hits. Two were from J.J. Hardy, who played for the first time since he broke his wrist on June 18.
Two more were by Austin Hays, who had his first two major league hits, a single in the third, and a two-run home run in the ninth.
"It was definitely a weight lifted off my shoulders there, get the monkey off my back," Hays said. "Get the first hit and carry it into a couple more good ABs and putting a good swing on a good pitch to hit that last [one]."
Both Chris Davis and Mark Trumbo didn’t play, the first time in Trumbo’s two seasons with the Orioles that both sat out.
Joey Rickard started in left and Tim Beckham was the designated hitter for the first time this season.
NOTES: LHP Tanner Scott is scheduled to be added to the roster on Sept. 17. Room must be created on the 40-man to add Scott. Showalter said that he hoped to get Scott, who pitched for Double-A Bowie this season, in some games before the end of the season. …RHP Ubaldo Jimenez (5-10, 6.75) faces RHP Sonny Gray (9-10, 3.17) on Sept. 17 at 1:05 p.m. … The Orioles are 8-21 at Yankee Stadium since the beginning of 2015.