Baltimore Orioles: Outdone by a contender

Baltimore Orioles’ starter Ty Blach found himself grossly overmatched this evening. However that’s true of the entire Orioles squad up against the Los Angeles Dodgers. With their win tonight, Los Angeles clinched the NL West Division crown.

Bellinger’s RBI-single in the first inning got things going early on. LA would later put two runners on with Seaver coming to the plate. And Seager’s three-run homer opened the game up wide in the first inning with the O’s trailing 4-0.

The third inning would bring Seager back up to bat, and with that another home run. Seager’s two-run homer ran the score to 6-0. Lux’s solo shot in the fifth topped things off at 7-0.

The Orioles would get on the board in the eighth when DJ Stewart would smack his first homer of the season. But perhaps the best thing you can say about these Orioles is that they keep playing regardless of the situation. Renato Nunez‘s RBI-single in the eighth, combined with an errant throw, cut the lead to 7-3.

As I’ve said previously, you get people on base and things can happen. Even against a team as good as Los Angeles. The O’s were far outmatched this evening by a team in serious contention. But it also gives the O’s something to shoot for. Their aim and their belief is that they’ll get back to that stage at some point down the line.

As I said, this game was Los Angeles’ clincher for their division. With the win, they’re NL West Champions. So the normal array of champagne, beer, etc. was wheeled into the visitors’ clubhouse at Camden Yards this evening for their use. Now their goal will be to win a World Series.

The series continues tomorrow night with the Los Angeles Dodgers at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. John Means gets the start for the O’s, and he’ll be opposed by Los Angeles’ Ross Stripling. Game time is set for just after 7 PM.

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