Baltimore Orioles outlast the rain and Boston

A rain delay in the third inning simply delayed the inevitable for the Baltimore Orioles last night at Fenway Park. Jordan Lyles got the start, but only lasted two innings. Understandable given the rain delay. Lyles’ line: 2.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 0 K.

This game and this series of course was expected to be meaningful. However most people saw it as being meaningful from Boston’s perspective. Boston was eliminated from postseason contention on Sunday. However the game was meaningful. It was just the Orioles who had a shot at the playoffs.

And the Birds didn’t disappoint. Cedric Mullins’ solo homer in the first gave them a 1-0 lead. Jorge Mateo’s RBI-double extended that to 2-0 in the second. Mullins came back to the plate later in the inning, and smacked a two-RBI triple. Mullins would later score on a throwing error, and the Birds led 5-0.

Prior to the rain delay Boston would narrow that lead to 5-2. But once play resumed the O’s kept the pressure on. Kyle Stowers’ RBI-triple in the third ran the lead to 6-2, although Boston would put two on the board and narrow it to 6-5. A Roughned Odor RBI-single would extend the lead to 7-5 in the fifth.

When the smoked cleared in this game, the Orioles has outlasted the BoSox, 14-8. They kept putting the pressure on, and kept putting runs home. They now sit 3.5 games behind Seattle for the final playoff spot.

The series continues tonight at Fenway Park. Kyle Bradish gets the start for the O’s, and he’ll be opposed by Boston’s Michael Wacha. Game time is set for just after 7 PM.

Baltimore Orioles fall late to Houston

The Baltimore Orioles sent Mike Baumann to the mound this evening against Houston in an attempt to win the series. Baumann didn’t stick around long enough to qualify for the win, but he definitely set the tone. Set the tone for a bit of a wild game, that is. Baumann’s line: 4.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 BB, 2 K.

Baumann gave up a two-run homer to Altuve in the third inning. However one inning later the O’s had tied things up with Rougned Odor’s two-RBI single. But they weren’t done. Jorge Mateo gave the Orioles the lead on a run-scoring groundout. Cedric Mullins proceeded to smack a two-run homer, giving the O’s a 5-2 lead.

However Houston would put four runs on the board in the fifth to take the lead back at 6-5. Keep in mind folks, they’re one of the best and most complete teams in the American League. Them fighting back was to be expected.

But the O’s have made a career out of fighting back this season. Anthony Santander’s solo homer in the last of the fifth tied the game back up at six. One inning later they had the lead back at 7-6 on an RBI-single by Ryan Mountcastle. However that lead was short-lived also.

Gurriel’s RBI-double in the seventh tied the game back up. This time at seven. Neither team seemed to want to go away. The O’s put a runner on in the last of the eighth, with Anthony Santander coming back to the plate. And Santander sent a shot DEEP into the Baltimore night, landing on the flag court in right field.

That gave the Birds a 9-7 lead. But they had brought closer Felix Bautista in to pitch the eighth, hoping to get a six-out close of the game. (I’d say a six-out save, but Bautista was in line to get the win.) Bautista unfortunately loaded the bases in the ninth, and Bregman grounded into a fielder’s choice-RBI. But the O’s still led 9-8.

Houston would later tie it on Tucker’s RBI-double. The sad thing? Tucker was down to his final Rougned Odor would smack a solo homer in the last of the ninth, but it was too little too late

The series concludes tomorrow at Camden Yards. Austin Voth gets the start for the O’s, and he’ll be opposed by Houston’s Christian Javier. Game time is set for just after 1 PM.

Baltimore Orioles: Five-run seventh seals the win for the Birds

Dean Kremer got the start for the Baltimore Orioles this evening in game two of a four-game set at Camden Yards. Kremer didn’t disappoint, this on the heels of Kyle Bradish’s effort last night. Kremer’s line: 9.0 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 6 K.

This was a pitcher’s duel – for the most part. Houston starter, Uriguidy matched Kremer for most of the way. The O’s finally got on the board in the last of the fourth. Adley Rutschman smacked a solo homer, and the O’s led, 1-0

The O’s took that lead into the later innings. As it turned out, they didn’t need any additional runs. Kremer was that good tonight. But they did get their share of insurance runs, sealing the deal.

Terrin Vavra smacked an RBI-single in the seventh, extending the lead to 2-0. The Birds would load the bases later in the inning, and Cedric Mullins’ two-run double busted the game wide open. And the Birds led 4-0.

In a game like this, that feels like an insurmountable lead. And in fact, it was. But the Orioles kept the pressure on, which is a promising sign.

Adley Rutschman would add an RBI-double later in the seventh inning. And Ryan Mountcastle an RBI-single, which closed out the Orioles’ 6-0 victory. This ensures the Orioles a split in this series,

Kremer was outstanding. He pitched a complete game, this after Bradish pitched all but the final put last night. It was simply an outstanding night for Oriole pitching, as well as hitting.

The series continues tomorrow evening at Camden Yards. Mike Baumann gets the start for the O’s, and he’ll be opposed by Houston’s Framber Valdez. Game time is set for just after 7 PM.

Baltimore Orioles: Birds win as Kyle Bradish pitches a gem

It goes without saying that the return of Trey Mancini with Houston was the storyline of tonight’s game at Camden Yards. But starter Kyle Bradish overwrote the main storyline, and turned in perhaps the best start of his career. Bradish worked the corners of the plate the entire game, and pitched a two-hit shutout. Bradish’s line: 8.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 10 K.

That stat line speaks for itself. Bradish threw his first complete game of his big league career tonight. He was pitching-to-contact, and Houston was swinging away. But Bradish was overpowering them all night.

As I said above, the main storyline of tonight’s game was always going to be Trey Mancini. The Orioles honored him on the scoreboard with a video before the game, and the fans gave him a standing ovation when he was announced before his first at-bat. And deservedly so. But needless to say, it wasn’t the last time Orioles fans would be standing and applauding.

The O’s put two runners in scoring position in the last of the second. Rougned Odor came to the plate, and his two-RBI single gave the O’s a 2-0 lead. And that’s all they would need.

Bradish, as I said, pitched the game of his life. He took a perfect game into the sixth before giving up a base hit. And he made it to two outs in the ninth before allowing a second hit with two outs in the ninth. At that point Brandon Hyde went to the bullpen.

The O’s are still battling, which is a good sign. Whether they make it over the hump and into the postseason remains to be seen. However this was their 78th win of the season, three shy of a .500 record. Four shy of a winning record. This season is already a rousing success.

The series continues tomorrow night at Camden Yards. Dean Kremer gets the start for the O’s, and he’ll be opposed by Houston’s Jose Urquidy. Game time is set for just after 7 PM.

Baltimore Orioles: Jordan Lyles goes the distance

The question at hand is whether or not tonight’s win is too little too late for the Baltimore Orioles. Regarding the postseason, that is. But one way or the other, the effort was perfect for tonight in the series finale against Detroit, started by Jordan Lyles. Lyles’ line: 9.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 6 K.

Lyles became the first Oriole pitcher this season to pitch a complete game. Which I find somewhat surprising, as good as this season’s been for the Orioles. However as you’ll remember, this pitching staff did struggle early in the season. But needless to say, he was the first pitcher on the staff to pitch a complete game this year. Also Lyles’ first complete game in a decade.

The O’s took a 1-0 lead in the third on Adley Rutschman’s fielder’s choice-RBI. Gunnar Henderson followed with an RBI-single, and Ryan Mountcastle with a sac fly-RBI. The O’s led 3-0 after three.

Kyle Stowers added a two-run home run in the sixth. This also highlights how the young guns of this organization have really grabbed the bill by the horns down the stretch this year. It bodes well for the future.

Lyles gave up his lone run in the seventh on a solo homer by Carpenter. But the Orioles didn’t lay off the pressure. Robinson Chirinos and Adley Rutschman added RBI-singles in the last of the eighth, closing out an 8-1 victory for the Birds.

For the record, the Orioles are 77-71 with this win. If they can win four more games, they’ll finish with a .500 record. Five or more, and they’ll finish 2022 with a WINNING record. What a feat that would be.

The O’s now turn their attention to the Houston Astros (and former Oriole Trey Mancini), as the teams open up a four-game set tomorrow night at Camden Yards. Kyle Bradish gets the start for the O’s, and he’ll be opposed by Houston’s Justin Verlander. Game time is set for just after 7 PM.

Baltimore Orioles battle in loss

Detroit is coming off as a buzz saw for the Baltimore Orioles. Austin Voth got the start for the Birds this evening. While he only lasted five innings, he kept the Orioles in the ballgame. Voth’s line: 5.0 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 0 BB, 3 K.

Voth’s two runs surrendered came on a two-run homer in the third by Baddoo. After Voth left the game Carpenter surrendered a solo shot in the seventh. And the Birds trailed, 3-0.

But they did fight back. In a game that was somewhat blasé in terms of offense, the O’s got to within one. Gunnar Henderson smacked his first Camden Yards home run in the last of the eighth – a two-run shot.

But the O’s couldn’t quite make it over the hump, falling 3-2. They need to get their offensive woes figured out, and soon. Or they risk falling out of the race.

The series continues tomorrow at Camden Yards. Jordan Lyles gets the start for the O’s, and he’ll be opposed by Detroit’s Matt Manning. Game time is set for just after 7 PM.

Baltimore Orioles narrowly avoid no-no

Tyler Wells got the start tonight for the Baltimore Orioles, and got knocked around. But the entire Orioles team in effect got knocked around. They ran into a buzz saw that was Detroit this evening at Camden Yards. Wells’ line: 3.0 IP, 4 H, 5 R, 3 BB, 3 K.

Detroit took a 1-0 lead in the first inning on a run-scoring single by Cabrera. That lead would hold until the fourth when Wells would walk in a run, uncork a wild pitch to net a second, and then give up an RBI-single and an RBI-double. When the smoke cleared the Birds trailed 6-0 after four.

But it got worse for the O’s. Green’s two-RBI single in the sixth would extend the lead to 8-0. Detroit would tag on a run in the seventh, and two more in the ninth. And sent the O’s home with a 9-0 loss.

The story of the game however was Detroit starter, Tyler Alexander. He pitched seven innings, and gave up two hits. The O’s were being no-hit until the seventh inning.

Luckily however, they managed to get a hit. Actually, two. However it’s just a matter of pride to say you at least got a hit, or didn’t get no-no’d. It doesn’t help the O’s in terms of winning the game, or in the post-season chase.

The series continues tomorrow night at Camden Yards. Austin Voth gets the start for the O’s, and he’ll be opposed by Detroit’s Joey Wentz. Game time is set for just after 7 PM.

Baltimore Orioles fall in the Gunnar Henderson show

Kyle Bradish got the start and took the loss for the Baltimore Orioles this afternoon at Rogers Centre. However Gunnar Henderson proved once again (and for the second straight game) that he’s going to be one of the guys to lead this team moving onward. Bradish’s line: 4.2 IP, 6 H, 5 R, (3 earned), 1 BB, 3 K.

The O’s surrendered a run in the first on a sac fly-RBI. Springer added a two-RBI single in the second, and the O’s trailed 3-0. However the O’s tried to make a game of it. They put two runners on in the third, and Gunnar Henderson’s two-RBI double cut the lead to 3-2.

But the O’s found the game out of reach in the fifth. Tapia’s bases-clearing double gave them a 6-2 lead. Two of those runs were unearned due to an error, but obviously they all counted.

Terrin Vavra would add an RBI-single in the eighth, but the O’s fell, 6-3. Gunnar Henderson was the runner who scored there late. Since coming up, he’s put the rest of the league on notice that he’s going to be a force for years to come. Even though Toronto’s taken the first two games of this series, they’ve certainly gotten the message that Henderson’s the future of Orioles’ baseball.

The series concludes tomorrow afternoon at Rogers Centre. Dean Kremer gets the start for the O’s, and he’ll be opposed by Toronto’s Alek Manoah. Game time is set for just after 1:30 PM.

Baltimore Orioles: Gunnar Henderson homers late in Birds’ loss

Jordan Lyles got the start for the Baltimore Orioles last night in Toronto. Almost predictably, Lyles and the Birds struggled against a Toronto offense that’s all but hellbent on making the Orioles’ lives miserable. Lyles’ line: 5.0 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 1 BB, 5 K.

Toronto used last night as a “bullpen game,” which is always risky. But the fact is that it worked. The O’s didn’t get a hit until the fourth inning.

The O’s fell behind early on a solo homer by Chapman in the second. However once they got that aforementioned first hit, they had the lead for awhile. Adley Rutschman smacked a solo homer in the fourth, giving the O’s a 2-1 lead.

But that only lasted for an inning. Springer’s three-run homer in the fifth put Toronto ahead, 4-2. Chapman would haunt the Birds again in the sixth with a two-run shot, and suddenly the O’s trailed 6-2.

The sad thing about that go-ahead three-run homer by Springer was that Jordan Lyles was a strike away from getting out of the inning. That’s almost been a theme this year, with opposing hitters doing massive damage with two outs, or on two-strike counts. Brandon Hyde on the Springer homer:

“I think he just hung a curveball there 3-2. But you know that made it a 4-2 game there in the fifth inning and we just didn’t score enough runs. We have to be able to outscore these guys. They have a great offense and Chapman took us deep twice. We just didn’t score many runs tonight.”

Quote courtesy of Steve Melewski, MASNsports

However the O’s also pulled a stunt like that. It was garbage time, but down to their final strike of the game, Gunnar Henderson smacked a solo homer in the ninth. That’s a very good sign for the future, needless to say.

The series continues this afternoon at Rogers Centre. Kyle Bradish gets the start for the Birds, and he’ll be opposed by Toronto’s Jose Berrios. Game time is set for just after 3 PM. K

Baltimore Orioles: Gunnar Henderson spearheads four-run seventh in DC sweep

Tyler Wells got the start this evening for the Baltimore Orioles this evening in the series finale against Washington at Nationals Park. Wells was once again in a pitch count, similar to his last outing against Boston; as we know, he just came off the IL last week. He threw 50 pitches total, 33 for strikes. Wells’ line: 4.0 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 0 BB, 4 K.

The O’s had a golden opportunity in the second inning to do some damage, but they came away with only one run. They had the bases loaded with nobody out. However Ryan McKenna grounded into a force out at home plate for the first out. Gunnar Henderson would plate a run with an RBI-groundout, but that’s all the Birds could muster. I’ve said many times that the one benefit for the team in the field with the bases loaded is that you have a force at every base. And Washington took full advantage.

Wells gave up two solo homers, one to Adams in the third, and one to Voit in the fourth. This before leaving the game due to the aforementioned pitch count. It appeared however that he might be on the hook for the loss. Then the seventh inning happened.

With Washington’s starter Corbin (who pitched an outstanding game) out in the top of the seventh, the Birds put the first two runners on base, still trailing 2-1. However Gunnar Henderson sent a tight grounder down the left field line and into the corner. It was a given that the O’s were going to take the lead given the placement of the ball. Both runners on base scored…

…however Washington’s left fielder (Hernandez) misplayed the ball. That allowed Henderson to round third and cruise into home plate. The play was ruled a two-RBI triple and an E7. However it was the same effect as an inside-the-park home run, and the Orioles led 4-2.

Jorge Mateo came up next, and smacked a no-doubter out of the park and deep into the Federal evening sky. Gunnar Henderson would add an RBI-double in the eighth. And the Birds took this game 6-2, swept the series in DC, and won the season series with Washington.

While the O’s did squander an opportunity early with the bases loaded, they made up for it late. And as well all know, they do their best work in the later innings. Tonight was no exception. They did what they had to do, and in the process netted themselves a big win in terms of the playoff picture.