Dean Kremer’s numbers look worse than his outing was tonight for the Baltimore Orioles. He left with the lead, however the go-ahead run was coming to the plate. However to that point he was solid, and he put the Orioles in a spot to be able to win the game. Kremer’s line: 6.1 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 0 BB, 4 K.
The teams swapped home runs in the first inning. Judge for New York, and Austin Hays for the Orioles. Judge would come up again in the fourth, and smack a second solo home run, giving New York a 2-1 lead. They say that solo home runs don’t beat you. But it wasn’t a solo homer of which the Birds or Dean Kremer had to be wary.
Pedro Severino’s RBI-double in the last of the fifth tied the game back up at two. Pat Valaika would add an RBI-single, and the O’s suddenly had the lead at 3-2. For good measure, Trey Mancini would add an RBI-single of his own, giving the Orioles a 4-2 lead.
However that Mancini RBI-single may have been the biggest play of the game – for New York. Austin Hays tried to tack on a fifth run, but was thrown out at home plate. This prevented the Birds from a fifth run.
Kremer gave up a base hit and a walk with one out in the seventh. Urshela came to the plate with those two runners on, and promptly smacked a game-winning three-run homer. For the record, Kremer was non-decisioned in the game. But he deserved better.
Again, New York throwing out Austin Hays at home plate in the fifth was big. All other things being the same, the game goes to extra innings. Little things can often have ripple effects in games. That’s just the nature of the beast.
And as I said, the Orioles and Dean Kremer didn’t need to fear the solo homers. Instead it was the three-run shots that should have concerned them. But again, that’s the nature of the beast; that’s baseball.