For once, the Baltimore Orioles made someone pay for their mistakes. At the beginning of last night’s game, that is. Starter Dylan Bundy was sharp at the beginning of the game, as the Birds built a lead. Bundy’s line: 6.1 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 1 BB, 7 K.
Before Bundy even took the field, he had a lead. By way of a Seattle error the Orioles loaded the bases in the first inning. Rio Ruiz‘s two-RBI single Gabe the Birds a 2-0 lead. So again, for once the Orioles were able to hold someone accountable as opposed to letting them off the hook for a mistake made in a game.
One might argue that’s a start. And for sure, it is. However Oriole bats were quiet the rest of the way. You have to be able to add onto your lead. The Birds couldn’t do that. And in turn, they were made to pay for it.
Seattle got a solo homer from Navarez in the last of the second to cut the Orioles’ lead to 2-1. Santana would smack a solo shot of his own in the sixth. And we were tied.
Seattle would get two RBI-singles in that sixth inning to take a 4-2 lead. The Orioles would also walk in a run in the last of the seventh, running it to 5-2. Which ended up being the final.
So again, the Orioles held an opponent accountable for their mistakes. That’s a good thing. Now they need to work on tacking onto their leads. The impression from this game at least is that the Orioles can’t score without the opponent making a mistake. Now we know that isn’t true, however perception can at times be reality.
The series continues this evening at T-Mobile Park in Seattle. The O’s are yet to name a starter, but whomever he is will be opposed by Seattle’s Mike Leake. Game time is set for just after 10 PM.