Dean Kremer made his return to the big leagues this afternoon for the Baltimore Orioles in game one of a doubleheader against Toronto. And while Kremer surrendered his share of runs, he did so on a day when Oriole bats appeared to be primed to keep up. Kremer’s line: 4.0 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 1 BB, 2 K.
Anthony Santander, last night’s hero, picked up right where he left off in last night’s game. He smacked a first inning two-run homer to give the O’s a 2-0 lead. However Gurriel would do the same (two-run homer) in the second, and we were tied at two.
But not for long. Richie Martin grounded into a fielder’s choice in the last of the second which scored a third run, giving the Birds the lead – at least until the end. Austin Hays would add a two-run homer later in the inning.
Toronto tried to chip away. Guerrero smacked a solo homer in the third, but that only seemed to make the O’s want it that much more. Ryan McKenna’s two-RBI double gave the O’s a 7-3 lead. Jansen’s two-run homer in the fourth narrowed it to 7-5. However Hays added a second homer (a solo) in the bottom of that fourth inning. Ryan Mountcastle added one of his own, and Pedro Severino’s RBI-single ran it to 10-5.
Toronto would add four in the top of the seventh, however. This including a two-run homer by Springer. And that ultimately won the game for Toronto, 11-10.
The series continues at Camden Yards this evening with game two of the twin bill. Keegan Akin gets the start for the O’s, and he’ll be opposed by Toronto’s Thomas Hatch. Game time is set for just after 8:30 PM, approximately 45 minutes after this game ended. (Note that being a doubleheader, both games are seven innings long.)