For once this year, it all seemed to come together for the Baltimore Orioles. And that’s due in large part to Trey Mancini. His five RBI helped the Orioles to break an eight-game loss streak, and got starter David Hess the win tonight. Hess’ line: 6.0 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 5 K.
Hess pitched a great game this evening. It was much like his previous outing, against these very same Toronto Blue Jays last week at Rogers Centre. However in that instance the O’s couldn’t back his outing up with any runs. This time looked to be much of the same – at first.
Hess’ tank was getting empty as the game went into the sixth inning. He was able to get out of the inning without surrendering a run, however it appeared that his night was done. And if the last of the sixth was to be as the rest of the game had gone, it probably meant that Hess was looking at a no-decision. In fact, the game had Toronto getting a two-run homer to break a scoreless tie in the ninth inning for the win written all over it.
But the Orioles loaded the bases with nobody out in the last of the sixth. Chris Davis grounded into a fielder’s choice at second, which scored a run and gave the O’s a 1-0 lead. However we all know how precarious leads like that can be in the AL East. In fact, that one run (combined with an out) almost felt like a win for the defense.
But Mancini changed all of that. His three-run homer broke the game wide open and gave the Birds a 4-0 lead. He would add a two-RBI double in the seventh, and Tim Beckham‘s RBI-single later in the inning would round out the Orioles’ 7-0 victory over Toronto.
As I said, this win broke an eight-game losing streak. The previous game that the Orioles had won was last Saturday in Cleveland. That feels like an eternity ago. However for once, the pitching and the offense finally complimented one another. Which is exactly what’s been missing on this team for the entire season. Both before and since the sell off.
The series continues tomorrow at Camden Yards. While the O’s haven’t formally announced a starter, the expectation is that they’ll call prospect Josh Rogers up from triple-A; a prospect which came back in the Britton trade. So Rogers is the presumed starter for the O’s, and he’ll be opposed by Toronto’s Thomas Pannone. Game time is set for just after 7 PM.