In winning this evening, the Baltimore Orioles ended up splitting their doubleheader with Boston today at Fenway Park. Following a 5-3 loss this afternoon, the Birds sent Denyi Reyes to the mound this evening. Fresh up from the minors, he pitched into the fourth inning. Reyes’ line: 3.2 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K.
The Birds redeemed regarding hitting with runners in scoring position, as they struggled with that in game one. And it’s just something you have to do in order to win games at the big league level. You can’t let your opponent off the hook.
Ramon Urias’ RBI-single gave the O’s a 1-0 lead. But that score was short lived, as Jorge Mateo’s three-run homer extended it to 4-0. If your opponent is going to out two guys on base, they absolutely have to be held accountable for that. The Birds did that tonight.
Vasquez’s RBI-single cut the Oriole lead to 4-1. Boston would also score in the ninth when Arroyo grounded into an RBI. But other than that, the Oriole bullpen hung tight.
The Birds had an early lead in this afternoon’s game as well. However Boston pieced together a couple of rallies, tying the game and then some. But again, it seems the O’s learned something in dropping the first game.
The series continues tomorrow at Fenway Park. Rice Zimmermann gets the start for the O’s, and he’ll be opposed by Boston’s Nick Pivetta. Game time is set for just after 1:30 PM.