Baltimore Orioles: Adley Rutschman with first MLB homer in loss

Baltimore Orioles’ starter Bryce Zimmermann didn’t last as long in tonight’s game as he would have liked. Zimmermann’s being afforded the opportunity to work through his issues that he’s been having of late, which at times can be a painful process.Zimmermann’s line: 4.2 IP, 11 H, 6 R, 0 BB, 2 K.

Zimmermann didn’t walk anyone tonight – so he does that have going for him. And I don’t say that in a facetious manner – he can build off of that. Zimmermann gave up an RBI-double to Kirk in the first inning, and two separate two-run homers in the third (to Hernandez and Chapman respectively. This giving Toronto a 5-0 lead.

One of the big takeaways in this game however was that Adley Rutschman smacked his first major league home run. This in the top of the fourth. It’s the first of what the Orioles hope will be many, and it got the Birds on the board. One inning later however, Guerrero’s solo homer gave Cleveland a 6-2 lead.

And the Orioles weren’t finished yet. Ryan Mountcastle’s first home run cut the Toronto lead to 6-2. Austin Hays would smack an RBI-double in the eighth. A few batters later brought Mountcastle back around. And he made the most of his opportunity, snacking a two-run homer to the the game at six.

However the ghost runner on second rule (in extra innings) came back and bit the Orioles in the derrière. Guerrero’s RBI-single scored Bichette, who was the Toronto “ghost runner” to lead off the inning on second base. It’s a tough loss for the O’s, but make no mistake that this team never appears to be out of games. They always fight to the end, win or lose. And that’s tough to do.

The series concludes tomorrow afternoon at Rogers Centre. Tyler Wells gets the start for the O’s, and he’ll be opposed by former Oriole and now Toronto Blue Jay, Kevin Gausman. Game time is set for just after 3 PM.

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