Baltimore Orioles: Cedric Mullins, Freddy Galvis slug the Birds to victory

The Baltimore Orioles got a quality start out of Dean Kremer last night in Seattle. Unfortunately, Kremer didn’t get the run support necessary to get the win. The run support came, just after Kremer had exited. Kremer’s line: 6.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 4 K.

However the job of a starting pitcher is to put the team in a position to win the game. Kremer did that and then some last night, leaving manager Brandon Hyde gushing about him after the game:

I thought Dean was really good. Aggressive with his fastball. Just got beat on a good cutter, down and away. Tip your hat to Murphy there for a really good piece of hitting and not an easy park to leave. But I thought Dean was in control the whole way through. I liked his tempo. He had life to his fastball. Saw some good changeups tonight. He pitched extremely aggressive tonight and that was fun to watch.

Courtesy of Steve Melewski, MASNsports

Kremer’s line run surrendered came on a solo homer by Murphy in the fifth. But that was his only mishap. And as we know, solo home runs generally don’t beat you.

Cedric Mullins came up with a runner on in the eighth, and promptly smacked a two/m-run homer. That put the Orioles in the lead, and for good at that. But they wanted more.

Maikel Franco’s RBI-groundout later in the inning ran the score to 3-1, but the O’s still weren’t done. They needed insurance, and it came in the form of a two-run homer by Freddy Galvis. In all, it was a five-run Orioles’ eighth inning.

And seeing that Seattle’s Haniger responded with a two-run homer of his own in the bottom of the inning, it’s a good thing they got those insurance runs. End of the day however, the Orioles’ pen held the lead without further incident. And the Birds took game one in Seattle.

The series continues tonight at Safeco Field. Jorge Lopez gets the start for the Birds, and he’ll be opposed by Seattle’s Justin Dunn. Game time is set for just after 10 PM.

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