Baltimore Orioles: Birds fly on Jose Iglesias’ three hits

Asher Wojchiekowski got the start for the Baltimore Orioles against Washington tonight at Camden Yards. While his real potency only lasted five innings, he did his job in putting the O’s in a position to win the game. Wojciechowski’s line: 5.0 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 1 BB, 2 K.

Pedro Severino stayed hot from the get go, smacking a two-RBI double in the last of the first. And that was big for the O’s. After losing 15-3 last night, they needed to come out early and establish that it was an anomaly. That’s how you prevent losing streaks; you forget about a game like that by winning the next day.

Andrew Velazquez would add an RBI-triple, and Hanser Alberto a sac fly-RBI in the last of the second. The O’s led 4-0. However Washington would cut that lead in half at 4-2 in the fourth when Soto smacked a two-run homer. However Rio Ruiz‘s solo homer in the bottom of the inning to extend it back to 5-2.

Washington chawed Wojchiekowski following Turner’s two-run homer in the top of the sixth. But the Orioles’ bullpen shut them down from there. And the O’s even managed to put across an insurance run. Jose Iglesias‘ RBI-single in the last of the eighth ran the score to 7-3. It was Iglesias’ third hit of the game.

As I said, it was important that the O’s win tonight so as to get back on the horse after last night’s loss. You want to instantly forget games like that, and this is the best way to do it. Basically you can’t start a losing streak if you don’t lose two straight.

The O’s have also won the season series with Washington with this win. They can go for a series victory for the weekend tomorrow. But they’ve won the season series with Washington regardless.

The series concludes tomorrow afternoon at Camden Yards. John Means gets the start for the O’s, and he’ll be opposed by Washington’s Max Scherzer. Game time is set for just after 1 PM.

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