Baltimore Orioles fall to Boston in extra innings
At first it appeared that the Baltimore Orioles might cruise to victory over Boston last night. Dylan Bundy was seemingly pitching well, and the Birds were scoring runs. However the second and third time through the order, Boston apparently started figuring Bundy out. Bundy’s line: 4.1 IP, 7 H, 6 R, 1 BB, 2 K.
Boston starter Fister never really got going, allowing the O’s to build a lead. He set the tone for his outing when he walked Tim Beckham to lead off the game. Beckham would later score on a fielder’s choice, giving the Birds a 1-0 lead. One inning later they loaded the bases, and Austin Hays dazzled the home fans with his first two-RBI double in the major leagues. Machado would add a sac fly-RBI, as would Castillo one inning later, and the O’s led 5-0.
Boston however began to slowly chip away in the fourth. Betts smacked an RBI-single, cutting the lead to 5-1. Adam Jones however would give the Birds their five-run lead back with an RBI-single in the last of the fourth. The key moment of the game however was back in the third when the O’s loaded the bases again. All they were able to muster was one run on Castillo’s sac fly-RBI. When you load the bases you need to get more than one run. The Orioles didn’t in that instance.
However Boston did when they loaded the bases in the fifth. When the smoke cleared in that fifth inning, Boston led the Orioles 7-6. As I said, they started to figure Bundy out. They also got a lot more patient, and all but forced Bundy to throw the ball over the plate. And when I say over the plate, I mean directly over the plate. No late movement, no strategically placed curve balls, only fastballs or change ups that came squarely over home plate. And it cost the Orioles dearly.
But the Orioles only trailed for a short period. Pedro Alvarez smacked a solo homer in the last of the fifth, tying the game back up at seven. Tim Beckham later added an RBI-double, and the O’s had the lead back at 8-7. And that lead held up for two innings. Bogaerts’ solo homer in the seventh tied the game back up at eight. And to extra innings we went.
Unfortunately for the Orioles however, they couldn’t record outs in the 11th inning. They issued two walks (one of which was intentional) and loaded the bases. Benintendi’s two-RBI single gave Boston a 10-8 lead, which turned into a 10-8 victory.
None of that happens if not for that fifth inning. While the Orioles built their lead over a few innings, Boston got it all back and then some seemingly in one fatal swoop. They always say to stay out of the big inning, and that was something that the Orioles were unable to do.