The Baltimore Orioles are having issues scoring runs. That may not be a huge issue for 2020, as they’ve been officially eliminated from playoff contention, and the season ends on Sunday. But you do want to finish strong if possible. Dean Kremer wasn’t able to do that, as he got hit hard by Boston last night. Kremer’s line: 2.2 IP, 7 H, 7 R, 3 BB, 2 K.
Bradley and Plawecki got Boston on the board in the first inning with RBI-singles. That meant the Orioles had to play from behind, which is tough to do at Fenway Park. This much we know.
Martinez added an RBI-double, and Plawecki an RBI-triple in the last of the third. Later in the inning Boston basically ended the competitive portion of the game. Chavis’ RBI-double ran the score to 5-0. And with the bases loaded Devers’ bases-clearing double gave Boston an 8-0 lead.
When you’re down 8-0 in the third, that’s tough to come back from. However Austin Hays would smack a solo homer in the seventh. Boston would also tack an additional run on in the eighth inning, running the final to 9-1.
It’s hard to say why Oriole bats are currently going to sleep. Granted the games now are technically meaningless. However as I said above I do think it’s important to finish strong. That means something going into 2021.
Needless to say, it’s been one of the strangest seasons in history. If not THE strangest. That became the case back on March 12th when spring training was suspended. At the time I recall thinking maybe it would just be a delay of a few weeks. That wasn’t to be. And here we are.
The series concludes this evening at Fenway Park. Alex Cobb gets the start for the O’s, and he’ll be opposed by Boston’s Martin Perez. Game time is set for just after 7:30 PM.