The Baltimore Orioles came into last night’s game against Texas having lost two consecutive pitcher’s duels in Philadelphia. As a staff, Oriole pitching has been really good – this week. And that continued last night behind starter Zac Lowther. And finally, the O’s were able to get one back in a sense and win a pitcher’s duel. Lowther’s line: 5.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 7 K.
Lowther may have turned in his best outing as an Oriole last night. I suspect that a lot of guys know that they’re playing for a roster spot in Sarasota next spring. And they’re turning it up right now. And that’s to their credit.
The Birds had runners at the corners in the fourth, and Richie Martin’s squeeze bunt brought a run in and gave the Orioles a 1-0 lead. Ryan Mountcastle also smacked a solo homer in the 5th, extending the lead to 2-0. And Austin Hays’ solo shot in the eighth made it 3-0. Which also became the final.
And the Orioles’ bullpen took care of the rest. Which is key, because in the last few weeks the O’s have had leads in lots of games. This only to blow the lead later in the game. The fact that they held the lead last night is a good sign.