Baltimore Orioles: Jonathan Schoop stays hot, Birds hold on by a thread

The Baltimore Orioles endured perhaps just about everything they possibly could have to defeat Boston this evening at Camden Yards. The game was a bit more exciting in the end than the Orioles would have liked, but nevertheless it goes as the Birds’ first win of the second half. And it was the ever-hot Jonathan Schoop who spiked the Orioles’ offense.

The O’s were put in a spot to win the game by starter Yefry Ramirez, who took home his first big league win. Ramirez’s line: 5.0 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 1 BB, 6 K. Ramirez had an inauspicious beginning to the game, giving up a solo homer in the first inning to Martinez, however he quickly settled in. And the Orioles proceeded to take the lead themselves in the last of the third on Jonathan Schoop’s two-run homer.

Boston was able to take the lead in the fifth on back-to-back homers by Swihart and Betts. And just prior to the sixth inning, the umpires called for the tarp and we had a 29-minute rain delay. The remainder of the game (once it resumed) was played in a steady drizzle at best, and a steady rain at worst. Quite frankly I’m shocked that the game went the complete nine innings.

But when the game went to rain delay, the Orioles did have the lead – by virtue of Tim Beckham‘s two-run homer in the last of the fifth. Beckham would also add a sac fly-RBI in the sixth, followed by an RBI-single by Schoop. That brought Adam Jones to the plate, who’s RBI-single gave the Orioles a 7-3 lead.

However Boston made a run, and ultimately was almost allowed to come all the way back. Martinez’s two-run homer in the eighth cut it to 7-5. But as the game went to the ninth inning the skies appeared to open up. And the umpiring crew seemed intent on starting and finishing the ninth inning and thus the game. So on we played.

Boston got a runner aboard on an infield single, after which Beckham’s botched flip to first base allowed the runner to get to second. That runner would later score on Devers’ RBI-single. The Orioles at one point had the go-ahead run on base, however Betts grounded into a game-ending double-play, making 7-6 winners out of the Orioles.

The entire game of course was played with all kinds of trade rumors being out there regarding closer Zach Britton (as covered here – earlier this evening on Birdland Crush). Britton at first didn’t come back out to the bullpen after the rain delay. That fueled speculation, however he later re-joined his teammates in the ‘pen. The trade appears all but done, but probably won’t become official until tomorrow.

The series concludes tomorrow evening at Camden Yards. Dylan Bundy gets the start for the Orioles, and he’ll be opposed by Boston’s David Price. Game time is set for just prior to 7 PM.

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