Alexander Wells got the start for the Baltimore Orioles in their final game in Boston this year at Fenway Park. This of course where the Birds opened the season on Opening Day. Wells’ line: 5.0 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 1 BB, 3 K.
The results of course were the same as the previous two games in this series. However make no mistake that the O’s battled in this game. And even while playing out a string, that makes a difference. To fans at least it does.
Boston was at it early today, however. They loaded the bases in the first, and Dalbec was hit by a pitch, walking in a run and giving Boston a 1-0 lead. Plawecki would later add a two-RBI single, giving Boston a 3-0 lead. (Plawecki was also thrown out trying to advance.) Hernandez’s RBI-single in the second would run their lead to 4-0.
But in the third the Orioles started battling back. Anthony Santander’s RBI-double got them on the board and cut Boston’s lead to 4-1. Austin Hays would add a two-RBI single, cutting it to 4-3. However Martinez’s homer in the bottom of that third inning would run it back to 5-3.
Trey Mancini would come up with the bases loaded in the seventh, with the Orioles still trailing by two. And he did more than bring them closer or tie the game. His bases-clearing double have the Orioles a 6-5 lead. Now Mancini was thrown out at third trying to extend, but he made a big impact.
Unfortunately however, it wasn’t enough. Three RBI-singles in the last of the seventh gave Boston the lead back at 8-6. And that was the final score, dropping the O’s to defeat once again.
As I said, this team battled hard today, which is a good sign. They just came up short, which is actually to be expected given how young they are, and how they’re playing out a string. But their attitude is strong, and will serve them well going into next year.
The O’s now head to Philadelphia for a three-game set at Citizens Bank Park. John Means gets the start for the Orioles, and he’ll be opposed by Philadelphia’s Ranger Suarez. Game time is set for just after 7 PM.