Jordan Lyles was able to return and make tonight’s start for the Baltimore Orioles. Lyles you’ll remember was supposed to start on Sunday afternoon against Tampa. But he showed up at the ballpark with a stomach virus, and was pushed back. Lyles’ line: 6.1 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 3 BB, 4 K.
Regardless of anything else, Lyles pitched for a quality start. The issue for much of the game were Oriole bats. If you can’t score any runs you can’t win the ballgame. That’s a fact, and it pertained to the Orioles tonight.
Washington took a 1-0 lead almost immediately on Cruz’s RBI-double. One inning later they’d score on Hernandez’s run scoring-fielder’s choice. And that 2-0 lead would stand up for quite awhile.
Thomas would add a solo homer in the ninth, which acted as an insurance run. End of the day, Washington kept the Orioles off the board. And as I said, you can’t win if you don’t score.
The series concludes tomorrow night at Camden Yards. Tyler Wells gets the water for the O’s, and he’ll be opposed by Washington’s Patrick Corbin. Game time is set for just after 7 PM.