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.