Aaron Brooks was unable to regain the form he showed on Tuesday night in Washington for the Baltimore Orioles this afternoon in Kansas City. I would argue that he was lifted too early. However he did have his struggles, and the Orioles are trying to win games. Yes, you naysayers read that correctly – the Orioles are trying to win games. Brooks’ line: 4.1 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 4 BB, 3 K.
Things began well for the Orioles, as they began the game immediately by putting guys on base. They took a 1-0 first inning lead on Renato Nunez‘s sac fly-RBI. However Kansas City got on base-happy as well, and took a 3-1 lead with a two-RBI double and an RBI-single in the last of the first.
But the good news is that the O’s continued getting guys on base. They tied the game at three in the third on Trey Mancini‘s two-RBI single. While the Birds dropped the finale, they remained competitive.
And in fact, the Orioles also came back and took the lead. Pedro Severino pushed a run across in the sixth on a swinging bunt with a runner on third. Kansas City tried to get the out at the plate, however Villar slid in safely. And the Birds had the lead.
However two RBI-singles in the seventh and eighth inning respectively gave Kansas City the lead back. Merrifield added a solo homer, and the O’s fell 6-4. This was the first series rubber match Kansas City had won since June of 2018.
The Orioles now head to Tampa, however the series has been altered due to the uncertainty surrounding Hurricane Dorian. Tomorrow’s game will go on as scheduled. However the teams will play a single-admission doubleheader on Tuesday, starting at 3 PM. Game two will begin approximately 30 minutes after game one is completed.
That leaves Wednesday as an off day for the Orioles. It doesn’t appear that Hurricane Dorian is going to significantly affect the greater Tampa area, however you have to make snap decisions sometimes when it comes to storms and situations like this. I’m somewhat of a weather enthusiast, but you don’t have to be interested in weather to know that this is a very serious storm, and any precautions which can be taken must be.
The aforementioned series in Tampa begins tomorrow at Tropicana Field. Asher Wojciechowski gets the call for the O’s, and he’ll be opposed by Tampa’s Ryan Yarbrough. Game time is set for just after 1 PM.