Following the Boston series and a day off, the Baltimore Orioles opened up a three-game set against the ChiSox this evening at Camden Yards. Austin Voth got the start, and did his job by putting the O’s in a spot to win the game. Voth’s line: 5.2 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 3 BB, 3 K.
The Birds fell behind early in this one. Jimenez smacked a two-run homer in the first inning, giving Chicago a 2-0 lead. This before the crowd even settled in
But the O’s battled back. They put two runners on in the last of the first. And as a result, the Birds didn’t trail for long. Because Ryan Mountcastle smacked a three-run homer, giving the O’d a 3-2 lead.
They would add to their lead again in the sixth. Anthony Santander’s run-scoring single put the Orioles ahead 4-2. However an inning later, Vaughn’s RBI-single would bring Chicago to within two at 4-3.
But the last of the seventh brought an insurance run for the O’s. Jorge Mateo’s single brought home an insurance run for the O’s. And with the fickle nature of bullpens on 2022, that was a huge thing.
This team is loud, proud, and focused. I can think of no greater reward for them than to take the fans to the “promise land.” But even if they fall short, they’ve restored the team’s standing in Baltimore simply by playing meaningful games in August. And September.
The series continues tomorrow evening at Camden Yards. Spencer Watkins gets the start for the O’s, and he’ll be opposed by Chicago’s Lucas Giolito. Game is set for just after 7 PM.