Baltimore Orioles’ bullpen strong but comeback falls short

Kyle Bradish had a rough outing this afternoon against Tampa for the Baltimore Orioles at Camden Yards. Bradish is struggling; he hasn’t pitched five innings or more in his last five starts. Bradish is certainly hoping that the Orioles will continue their patience with him. But time will tell. Bradish’s line: 4.1 IP, 11 H, 6 R, 1 BB, 3 K.

Robinson Chirinos’ two-RBI double gave the O’s an early 2-0 lead in the last of the second. But Tampa would follow suit an inning later when Margot smacked a two-RBI double of his own. One thing about Tampa; you’re better off not allowing anyone on base at all, because when they get runners on they find ways to get them in.

Later in the inning Ramirez would give Tampa the lead at 4-2 with a second two-RBI double. They would extend that lead to 6-2 on Choi’s two-run homer in the fifth. And the Birds found themselves in a hole.

But these are the 2022 Baltimore Orioles. Not the 2019 O’s! They always fight back no matter what. Ryan Mountcastle came up in the last of the fifth and got the Birds a run with an RBI-single. Chirinos came up again later in the inning, and he produced a two-RBI single. This all cutting the Tampa lead to 6-5.

And one inning later it was tied. Anthony Santander’s RBI-single in the sixth knotted things up at six. However as good as the comeback attempt was, the O’s couldn’t finish things off. Ramirez’s sac fly-RBI in the ninth have Tampa the lead back at 7-6. Which ultimately became a 7-6 win.

However this game shows once again that the O’s don’t give up. They keep fighting until the final out. And that’s really all you can ask.

As much as Kyle Bradish struggled today, the Oriole bullpen was stellar once again. They pitched a total of 4.2 innings this afternoon, and gave up one run. Now granted that one run lost the game for the O’s. But all in all it was another outstanding performance by what’s quickly turning into the biggest strength of this Oriole team.

The series with Tampa concludes tomorrow afternoon at Camden Yards. Jordan Lyles gets the start for the O’s, and he’ll be opposed by Tampa’s Corey Kluber. Game time is set for just after 1:30 PM.

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