Keegan Akin was the star for the Baltimore Orioles in game two of a twin bill last night. In a seven inning game, he took a no-hitter into the seventh. Now it’s important to note that MLB isn’t recognizing no-hitters in these seven innings doubleheader games as no-hitters. But the fact is that Akin had one going last night. Akin’s line: 6.0 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 2 BB, 3 K.
Cedric Mullins’ solo homer in the third inning gave the O’s a 1-0 lead. And that one run stood up for almost the entire game. As I said, Akin didn’t allow a base hit – until the seventh inning.
He gave up the hit right away as the inning began. However that brought Bichette to the plate, and he immediately gave Toronto the lead with a two-run homer. That in and of itself is a tough pill to swallow, especially given that Toronto took the lead in almost the same manner late in the first game of the twin bill.
However this ended up being very different. First off as well as he pitched, Akin ended up with the loss. But when the smoke cleared…Toronto put up eleven runs in the seventh inning. Guys just kept getting on base and driven in by other guys by way of home runs.
You have to take into account that the O’s won a game earlier in this homestsnd with an eight-run inning. So these sorts of games happen. Sometimes you’re the windshield, and sometimes you’re the bug.