The Baltimore Orioles has several big leads last night in Texas, but held on to win at the end despite a furious comeback attempt by Texas. Dylan Bundy has a four-run lead before even stepping onto the field. End of the day, it was just one of those nights in Texas where the ball really flew. Bundy’s line: 5.0 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 2 BB, 4 K.
The O’s got a three-run homer from Dwight Smith Jr, and a solo shot from Pedro Severino in the top of the first to take a 4-0 lead. (Severino would end up having a career night.) However as I said, the ball really flew last night in Texas – for both teams. Texas got one back in the last of the first on a solo homer by Choo.
The teams exchanged sac flies in the second and third innings, but in the fourth Keon Broxton picked up the homer parade again with a solo homer. Later in the inning Dwight Smith Jr. appeared to break the game wide open. He came up with the bases loaded and smacked a bases-clearing double. The O’s led 9-3 then after the fourth and a Texas RBI-single.
And with that, Severino smacked another homer (this one of the two-run variety) in the seventh), giving the O’s an 11-3 lead. Texas would put runs on the board in the last of the seventh and last of the eighth. That left the Birds with an 11-5 lead. Seems safe, right? In general and for the most part.
Before Texas could even think about coming back, Pedro Severino smacked his third homer (a solo shot) of the game in the top of the ninth. The O’s led 12-5. However Texas tried to come all the way back, and they almost succeeded. Cabrera’s two-RBI double cut the lead to 12-7. Odor added an RBI-single, and Forsythe a two-RBI double. Choo’s RBI-single cut the lead all the way down to one at 12-11.
Luckily for the Orioles, Andrus struck out with two outs in the ninth to end the game. It was a valiant comeback attempt by the Texas Rangers, but ultimately this one went in the Orioles’ column. As I said above, Pedro Severino had a career game. Of the Orioles’ five homers, he hit three.
The series continues tonight in Texas. John Means gets the start for the Orioles, and he’ll be opposed by Texas’ Mike Minor. Game time is set for just after 8 PM.
We knew the bullpen was going to be a problem going into the season. However I think the main takeaway of this game should be for Orioles’ fans at least that it was a win.
Yeah, that win yesterday was great but we need that to happen more often. I am getting so frustrated at the O’s are performing this season so far. In your opinion Domenic, is there anything they can do in the immediate future to get more wins out of there players?
In short, no there’s nothing more that anyone can do – per se. I would submit that it’s easy to say “just play better.” I think the players themselves are doing everything that they can. But from the get go the Orioles were up front about the fact that they were rebuilding this year.
Now one thing that you might see is prospects bubbling to the top, such as DJ Stewart (who’s already here). But as I said the players themselves are doing everything in their power in the interim. The fact is that they just don’t have the horses right now, but part of the rebuild is to ensure that at some point in the no-so-distant future they do have the horses. Thanks for reading!
Who is this Ray guy that always comments on ur site? All he ever talks about is Greed. The O’s are the farthest from Greedy.
He’s a commenter just like you.
I live up in Perryville, where would you stay in Baltimore for a 3 game series? Any location/hotel suggestions. I’m planning on taking my twin sons Larry and Barry to their first ball game. Somewhere nice but not overly expensive.
Stay at a hotel near the airport. It’s light rail accessible and the train brings you right to the ballpark.