I suppose the Baltimore Orioles should consider themselves lucky that last night’s game wasn’t rained out. It isn’t like we haven’t seen our share of seven inning doubleheader’s thus far in 2021. However Matt Harvey’s four-run fourth inning did the Birds in following an hour and thirty-eighth minute rain delay. Harvey’s line: 4.0 IP, 4 H, 4 R (0 earned), 1 BB, 3 K.
You notice that all four of those runs were unearned. Harvey himself committed a fielding error, allowing a runner to reach base. That runner then stole second, and reached third on a fielder’s choice. Therefore any runs in the inning were unearned.
Renfroe’s RBI-single scored the run, and following a walk Dalbec’s three-run homer gave Boston a 4-0 lead. But the O’s made a go of it in a sense. Trey Mancini smacked an RBI-single in the fifth, and Ryan Mountcastle a solo homer in the eighth. That cut the lead in half at 4-2.
However Boston would put two insurance runs across. They’d bet two RBI-doubles, one in the eighth and the other in the ninth. And in doing so they took the first game of the series, 4-2.
After the game Matt Harvey admitted that he wasn’t feeling it going in. He didn’t blame the weather or the delay, however that couldn’t have helped. Harvey on his outing:
I just really didn’t have it tonight. Kind of just was all over the place, really just physically didn’t feel that great and wasn’t able to get it done. I wasn’t able to limit the damage when I needed to that inning and it just wasn’t a good start. Didn’t feel good mechanically, didn’t feel good physically, didn’t feel I was that strong out there. It was a rough day. Chalk it up and move on and get ready for my next one.Quote courtesy of Roch Kubatko, MASNsports
The series continues this evening at Camden Yards. Zac Lowther comes up from the minors to make the start for the O’s, and he’ll be opposed by Boston’s Garrett Richards. Game time is set for just after 7 PM.