The Baltimore Orioles made up a previous rainout this afternoon at Camden Yards against the Chicago Cubs. Spencer Watkins got the start, and did his job. He put the O’s in a spot to win the ballgame. Watkins’ line: 5.2 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 3 K.
Chicago’s Contreras smacked a solo homer in the sixth inning. That was the first run of the game on either side. Contreras hit another one out in the eighth, followed up by a second solo homer by Contreras. Usually solo home runs don’t hurt you. But when you give up three, it makes a difference.
But the Orioles did battle. Ryan Mountcastle got them on the board with an RBI-single in the last of the eighth. Anthony Santander added a sac fly-RBI, and the Birds were within one. They also had the tying run on base in the ninth, but were unable to put anything more across, resulting in a 3-2 loss.
Austin Hays was thrown out at the plate in the fifth, and the O’s challenged the call. The call on the field was upheld, and the game went on. However it was questionable at best whether or not that was the correct call. Had they overturned it, all things being the same the game would have gone to extra innings.
Tomorrow the O’s open a three-game set with Boston at Camden Yards. Jordan Lyles gets the start for the Orioles, and he’ll be opposed by Boston’s Kutter Crawford. Game time is set for just after 7 PM.