The Baltimore Orioles might have won their biggest game of the season to date last night behind starter Dean Kremer. This because Atlanta we know is one of the best teams in the league. And the Birds didn’t go toe-to-toe with them. They walloped Atlanta. Kremer’s line: 6.0 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 3 K.
And the O’s actually trailed in this one early. Murphy’s RBI-single in the last of the first put Atlanta ahead 1-0. However after Ryan McKenna got on base in the third, he went to third base on a throwing error. He would later score (tying the game) on Gunnar Henderson‘s RBI-groundout. And we were tied at one.
One inning later, the O’s had the lead. Anthony Santander’s solo homer put the Birds in the driver’s seat for good. The 2-1 lead held up for awhile – but eventually, it was burst wide open.
The seventh inning was the moment that paid for the Orioles. Cedric Mullins’ solo homer extended the lead to 3-1. Make it 4-1 following a sacrifice bunt by Jorge Mateo, and an Atlanta throwing error.
However the O’s would then load the bases. And Anthony Santander announced to the world that his previous homer (a solo shot) was only a warm-up. He blasted a grand slam into the right field grandstand, and the O’s led 8-1. Mullins would add on an RBI-single before the end of the inning, giving the O’s a 9-1 lead.
Atlanta would get three back in the last of the eighth. But that seventh inning demoralized them. You could read it on their faces. And on the faces of the Orioles, who in essence victimized them.
And again, I would say that this was the biggest win of the still young season. Atlanta’s a true contender. As are the Orioles, as they announced to the world last night.
The series continues this evening at Truist Park. Kyle Bradish gets the start for the O’s, and he’ll be opposed by Atlanta’s Spencer Strider. Game time is set for 7:15 PM.