Baltimore Orioles split Battle of the Beltways
It began and ended with Asher Wojchiekowski tonight for the Baltimore Orioles. Because it begins and ends with starting pitching. Wojchiekowski couldn’t make it happen tonight against Washington. Wojchiekowski’s line: 4.0 IP, 6 H 5 R, 0 BB, 3 K.
Wojchiekowski got himself in trouble early with Soto’s RBI-triple giving Washington a 2-0 lead. The key for the Orioles is not to let guys get on base. If you think back to last night, nobody for the most part was on base for Washington. Once guys get on base anything can happen. And it happened early this evening.
Cabrera would add an RBI-single, and Suzuki a two-run homer. By the end of the first inning, the Orioles trailed 5-0. However they battled back. There’s no quit in this team. They were able to cut the lead to 5-1 on Anthony Santander’s RBI-double in the third, and 5-2 on Chance Sisco‘s solo homer in the fifth.
However the last of the fifth would yield Washington twoRBI-doubles, the second which scored two runs. That all but broke the Orioles’ backs. They would get a two-run Homer’s year by Chris Davis, but it was too little too late.
The O’s split this series in Washington, as well as the season series. Each team won one and lost one at home. Given the fact that Washington’s in contention, the Orioles atoned for themselves fairly well.
And this ends another Battle of the Beltways. The two teams will play four times (twice in each park) next year once again. They’ll also play a home-and home in spring training. That doesn’t always happen. But in 2020 it will.