Baltimore Orioles: Ryan Mountcastle hits 30 homers in loss

Zac Lowther got the start for the Baltimore Orioles at Fenway Park. If anything, the O’s may even be evaluating pitchers for next year, although against a contending team at Fenway may not be the fairest spot to do it. Lowther’s line: 3.2 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 2 BB, 2 K.

Ryan Mountcastle gave the Orioles a 2-0 lead in the first inning with a two-run homer. It was Mountcastle’s 30th homer of the season – and counting. However Devers’ RBI-single in the last of the first cut the lead to 2-1. Dalbec followed with a two-RBI double, and Boston led 3-2 after one.

Austin Wynns actually tied it back up with a solo homer in the second inning. However Boston would get the lead back in the fifth with Bogaerts’ RBI-single. And Boston would then continue their assault on Orioles’ pitching. When the smoke cleared, the Birds fell 9-3.

Ryan Mountcastle of course broke Cal Ripken Jr.’s franchise record of 29 home runs as a rookie earlier in the week. With his homer yesterday, he has 30 on the season. And as I said, “…and counting.”

Mountcastle’s making his case for Rookie of the Year. 30 homers is a pretty good season as it is – much less for a rookie. And to be able to say you broke one of Cal Ripken’s records is pretty solid. The Orioles are in good shape with Mountcastle in the lineup in future years.

The series concludes this afternoon against Boston at Fenway Park. Alexander Wells gets the call for the O’s, and he’ll be opposed by Boston’s Nathan Eovaldi. Game time is set for just after 1 PM.

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