Baltimore Orioles’ starter Jordan Lyles was hit semi-hard last night in Kansas City. Now the good news is that the O’s battled back at the plate and were competitive. But it always helps when you can get solid starting pitching. And for the most part Lyles has been solid – he just had a tough game yesterday. Lyles’ line: 5.0 IP, 8 H, 6 R, 3 BB, 1 K.
The O’s actually had the lead first in the game. Trey Mancini reached on a fielder’s choice in the top of the third, and Jorge Mateo scored on an errant throw to the plate, giving the Birds a 1-0 lead. Now unfortunately, Mancini turned a little too far off of first base and was thrown out. Maybe that was a harbinger for the rest of the game.
The lead didn’t last long for the Orioles. Perez’s two-RBI single gave Kansas City a 2-1 lead. Later in the inning Melendez smacked a two-run home run. And the Orioles trailed 4-1.
But the fifth inning saw this young Orioles team fighting back. Austin Hays smacked an RBI-single in the fifth, cutting the Kansas City lead to 4-2. Later in the inning Ryan Mountcastle’s two-RBI double tied the game at four.
Win or lose, this team always battles and they’re fun to watch. And that does mean something – in my view. They’re scrappy, and they don’t go away easily. That bodes well for the future.
But Kansas City took the lead right back. Santana’s two-run homer in the last of the fifth gave them the lead back at 6-4. an inning later Witt’s sac fly-RBI extended that lead to 7-4. The Birds would rally again in the eighth with Cedric Mullins’ RBI-double, but they ran out of time. And Kansas City took game one of the four-game set, 7-5.
The series continues this evening at Kauffman Stadium. Bruce Zimmermann gets the call for the O’s, and he’ll be opposed by Kansas City’s Jonathan Heasley. Game time is set for just after 8 PM.