I’m not going to lie; I was surprised that the Baltimore Orioles started on time this evening. I thought that rain would have at least delayed Kyle Gibson taking the mound and pitching to Detroit. But it didn’t; the game started in time. Gibson’s line: 6.1 IP. 2 H, 1 R, 3 BB, 11 K
While Gibson became the first Oriole starter since last Sunday to surrender a run, the eleven strikeouts are incredibly impressive. That’s what happens when you successfully pitch for strikeouts. Gibson gave the O’s another superb outing from a starter.
And Oriole bats cooperated this evening also. Adley Rutschman’s run-scoring single in the last of the third put the O’s ahead, 1-0. Interesting thing about that is that the O’s held Detroit accountable in a sense. Gunnar Henderson was at first base, and he got to second on a balk. He later got to third on a wild pitch, and scored on the Rutschman single. You have to hold your opponents accountable for their mistakes. Today the Orioles did.
The O’s would load the bases later in that third inning, and Ramon Urias took care of that. His bases-clearing double opened the game wide open and gave the O’s a 4-0 lead. One inning later James McCann’s first Orioles’ home run extended it to 5-0.
McKinstry smacked a solo homer for Detroit in the top of the seventh. It was the first run surrendered by Oriole pitching since Sunday. But all that matters is the fact that they won. And with this win, their fifth in a row, they’ve also won another series.
The series with Detroit concludes tomorrow at Camden Yards. Grayson Rodriguez gets the start for the O’s, and in a twist of fate, he’ll be opposed by Detroit‘s Eduardo Rodriguez. Game time is set for 7 PM. Game time is set for just after 7 PM.