Dean Kremer took to the mound for the Baltimore Orioles this afternoon, and you might argue that he kept Boston more at bay than the O’s had done in the first two games of the series. However Boston’s a very aggressive team at the plate; and as a close friend pointed out to me this morning, there’s something about the Orioles that ticks Boston off. And he isn’t wrong. They just seem to play out of their minds against the Birds, and the bounces seem to go their way. Kremer’s line: 5.0 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 1 BB, 3 K.
The Orioles seemed to want to adopt Boston’s philosophy of being aggressive today. They swung earlier in counts, as is reflected in the fact that the Birds only mustered four hits. I suppose that you chalk that up to not being able to con a con man.
The O’s took a 1-0 lead in the first on Ryan Mountcastle’s RBI-single. But Boston came right back with a solo homer in the second off the bat of Devers. But the Orioles got the lead back in the fifth with a solo homer by Cedric Mullins. However they couldn’t put any insurance on the board past there.
Which lends an ear to not being able to con a con man. Boston apparently is a team that can get away with being aggressive early in the count. The Orioles aren’t. You have to play your game. And Boston was able to get the Orioles out of their game today.
Devers’ RBI-double in the sixth and Renfroe’s solo homer in the eighth ran the score to 4-2. But Mountcastle (who had a great game) would come through for the Orioles once again in the eighth. His RBI-single cut the lead to 4-3, which was the eventual final.