No folks, that wasn’t the Preakness you watched last night, it was the Baltimore Orioles at Fenway. I do question how the game was allowed to start and go on, and I suspect that starter Dylan Bundy might have as well. It was a sloppy night, which at various points including what was just shy of driving rain. Bundy’s line: 6.0 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 2 BB, 8 K.
The O’s did hold the lead in this game for a short while, on a third inning sac fly-RBI by Jonathan Schoop. However that came with the bases loaded, and that was the only run the Birds were able to score in that sequence. Did the rain possibly have a role in that?
Ultimately the conditions do play into how the Orioles’ offense looks. They don’t like cold or rain. Boston likes to come off as much more of a man for all seasons type of team. Now I’m not suggesting that this game was played to give Boston an advantage. Starts, rain delays, etc. are up to the home team until the game starts. Once the umpire says PLAY BALL! the decision to delay or cancel lies with them – and thus the league.
Boston would tie the game at one an inning after the O’s took the lead on a Devers solo homer. However Bundy pitched out of that inning without any further problems. It wasn’t until the fifth that the weather started to take it’s toll. Betts smacked a two-run homer that gave Boston a 3-1 lead. Benintendi would follow with a solo shot of his own, and the O’s trailed 4-1.
However the Orioles did try to battle back. Pedro Alvarez smacked a two-run home run in the sixth that brought them to within one. But an inning later Benintendi came to bat again and responded with a two-RBI single, prompting Boston to a 6-3 victory. After the game Buck Showalter made a good point regarding reading stats and scores vs. watching the games. Statistics don’t always tell you the bottom line as you think it might Bundy actually pitched fairly well, although the stats might indicate otherwise (quote courtesy of Roch Kubatko, MASNsports):
You watch his outing, you’ll pull up a box score tomorrow and somebody will think he didn’t pitch particularly well and that’s why you go to the games. I thought he pitched Betts well and just made one mistake on him. It’s just the execution of the pitches. They’re hitting mistakes that we’re throwing and it’s been a challenge for us keeping it in the park.
The O’s will attempt to split the series at Fenway in this afternoon’s series finale. David Hess will be called back up to get the start for the Orioles, and he’ll be opposed by Boston’s Eduardo Rodriguez. Game time is set for just after 1 PM.