The Baltimore Orioles and starter Thomas Eshelman went into this afternoon’s game in Philadelphia already guaranteed of a series victory. They had to wait an additional hour and forty-five minutes due to a rain delay, but they had their eyes set on a series sweep. And that’s the mark of a winner; it’s not enough to take two-of-three. They wanted a sweep. Eshelman’s line: 5.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 0 BB, 2 K.
As has been the case in the other two games of the series, Philadelphia actually had the lead. Realmuto’s two-run homer put them ahead 2-0 in the fourth. But that was about the gist of the noise that Philadelphia made.
The O’s loaded the bases in the fifth, and started a rally when Pat Valaika grounded into a fielder’s choice-RBI. However later in the inning with the bases loaded again, Anthony Santander cleared them with a three-run double. That gave the Birds a 4-2 lead. And they showed no signs of looking back.
Jose Iglesias would add a two-RBI double in the seventh, and Pedro Severino a three-run homer in the eighth. Realmuto would also smack another two-run homer to get Philadelphia back to within five runs at 9-4. But just for good measure, the Birds weren’t done. Rio Ruiz‘s two-run homer in the ninth ran the final to 11-4.
This was truly a remarkable series. Keep in mind that the O’s were on the verge of sweeping Washington before Sunday’s game was suspended. If they can complete that game of course tomorrow they will have swept Washington. But in the interim they’ve swept Philadelphia. This is a team that was seen as a joke going in. I don’t think anyone’s laughing anymore.
Whether this is truly a season to remember in Birdland remains to be seen. But so far so good. It could all go south tomorrow. But needless to say, this team is fun to watch, and they okay hard. Quite frankly, that’s all the city of Baltimore has ever asked for.
The O’s now return home to open up a three-game set with Washington. (Please note, last Sunday’s suspended game will be completed at 5 PM prior to the series opening.) Tommy Milone gets the start for the O’s, and he’ll be opposed by Washington’s Stephen Strasburg. Game time is set for 45 minutes after the completion of the suspended game.