It didn’t seem to matter what the Baltimore Orioles did today. It didn’t work. Or rarely worked, that is. Jorge Lopez hit the start today in the finale with Boston, and made some decent pitches. They just got hit. Lopez’s line: 4.0 IP, 8 H, 7 R, 1 BB, 4 K.
Boston got a three-run homer by Verdugo in the third, which set up the rest of the game. That was followed by a solo shot by Martinez. And the O’s found themselves behind 4-0.
The Birds loaded the bases in the last of the third, and it appeared that they had a golden opportunity to get back in the game. With two outs Freddy Galvis tried to score on a passed ball. But Galvis was called out, ending the inning.
The umpires reviewed the play, however. The pitcher appeared to block home plate as Galvis came in – which is now against the rules. Yet despite what appeared to be clear and convincing evidence, the call was upheld.
The Birds would get a run in the last of the fourth on an RBI-single by Maikel Franco. But Boston would come right back in the fifth. They were aggressive early in counts for the entire series. Today was no exception. Martinez smacked an RBI-single, Devers a three-run homer, and Hernandez was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded. To top it off, one inning later in the sixth Herandez would smack a solo homer to run the score to 10-1.
But we did hear from the O’s again before the game ended. They put two runners on in the sixth, with Franco coming back up. And Franco’s two-run homer cut the Boston lead to 10-4. One inning later, they also got a three-run shot from Trey Mancini, cutting the lead to 10-7. But Boston wasn’t done. Martinez smacked a third homer in the eighth, running it to 11-7.
And Boston still wasn’t done. Devers smacked his second homer in the game, this a two-run shot in the eighth. Later in the inning the O’s botched a grounder in the infield, allowing a 14th run to score. All in all, Martinez smacked three bombs, and Devers two, as Boston swept the O’s away.
The O’s would score two garbage runs in the ninth to run the final to 14-9. I suppose the silver lining is that the O’s put seven runs on the board. But they couldn’t keep guys off base. And Boston was happy to mercilessly tee off on that. Just a reminder, folks…every team has games like this. Boston did last Sunday against the Orioles. You come back again tomorrow and try to be better.
The Orioles will open up a four-game set with Seattle tomorrow night at Camden Yards. Dean Kremer gets the start for the O’s, and he’ll be opposed by Seattle’s Justus Sheffield. Game time is set for just after 7 PM.