In my humble opinion, the Baltimore Orioles got the best start of Dean Kremer’s career out of him tonight at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C. He was economical, and swift & sure. He came close to giving the O’s seven innings. But either way, he pitched the game of his life tonight. Kremer’s line: 6.2 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 6 K.
Ironically, there was a moment early on where the game could have gone the other way. Following a leadoff single in the last of the third, Gunnar Henderson committed a two-bag error, giving Washington two runners in scoring position with nobody out. Kremer sent the next two hitters down, 1-2-3.
It’s moments like those which register in ballgames. Things could have easily gotten away from the Orioles (and Kremer) in that moment. But he reigned himself back in, buckled down, and did what he had to do. Veteran-type look from Dean Kremer there.
And Kremer was rewarded for that show of leadership. Ryan Mountcastle led off the fourth with a single, and went to second following an Adam Frazier walk. Austin Hays’ RBI-single would score Mountcastle, giving the Birds a 1-0 lead.
In a sport that’s far too in love with the home run ball and high-scoring games, this one had to give the commissioner and the people on the league office heart burn. Because aside from that little blurb in the fourth inning, both sides’ pitching shut down the others’ bats. Washington had the tying run at second against Felix Hernandez in the last of the ninth, but he recorded the final out and sent the Orioles onto victory.
Good night in D.C. for the Birds. And as I said, that might have been the best start of Dean Kremer’s career. The Orioles certainly hope that trend continues.
The series concludes tomorrow night at Nationals Park. The O’s are yet to announce a starter, but the thought that Keegan Akin will be activated off the IL to make the start – whomever the starter is however, he’ll be opposed by Washington’s MacKenzie Gore. Game time is set for just after 7 PM.