Baltimore Orioles fall to Toronto

The Baltimore Orioles entered last night’s final series of the season against Toronto with nothing more than pride on the line. They can’t make the postseason, but they have nothing for which to be ashamed in this season. NOTHING. Dean Kremer made his final start of 2022, and pitched okay against one of the best lineups in the league. Kremer’s line: 6.0 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 1 BB, 4 K.

Kremer gave up an RBI-single to Merrifield in the top of the second, giving Toronto a 1-0 lead. One inning later that extended to a 3-0 lead when Guerrero smacked a two-run homer. The Birds netted their lone run in the last of that same third inning when Anthony Santander sent a deep shot to right, which was caught by Hernandez. However with a runner on third, it went as a sac fly-RBI.

Kremer would uncork a wild pitch in the fifth with a runner on third, running the lead to 4-1. The teams sat through a rain delay late in the game of just under an hour, and Toronto added one more run on Chapman’s eighth inning RBI-single once play resumed. And the O’s fell, 5-1.

The series continues tonight at Camden Yards. Mike Baumann gets the start for the O’s, and he’ll be opposed by Toronto’s Mitch White. Game time is set for just after 7 PM.

Baltimore Orioles: DL Hall notches first career save in Birds’ win

The Baltimore Orioles opened a three-game set at Yankee Stadium this evening, their playoff chances hanging by a thread. The Birds’ elimination number was five, with six games to go. Talk about a must win, and in a tough spot (against New York) at that. Jordan Lyles got the start, and was outstanding. Lyles’ line: 7.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 9 K.

Lyles was dealing early, and in turn the Orioles got on the board early. Ryan Mountcastle’s RBI-single in the first inning gave the O’s a 1-0 lead. This before Lyles even took the field.

But when he did take the field, he didn’t disappoint. NY’s Aaron Judge of course was looking to hit his 62nd homer of the season – an American League record. It wasn’t going to happen on this night. Oriole pitching held Judge to a base hit.

New York’s Cabrera however would even there score at one in the fifth. His solo homer got New York on the board, and evened the score. However Lyles pitched out of it, limiting the damage to one run.

And one inning later, the Orioles got the lead back. Adley Rutschman would score on a wild pitch (by former Oriole Zach Britton, no less), and they suddenly had the lead back at 2-1. The O’s turned to Felix Bautista for a six-out save. However Bautista seemed to injure his leg in the last of the eighth…

…promoting Brandon Hyde to turn to DL Hall to close out the ninth inning. And close New York out here did, sending them down 1-2-3. And snapping a modest losing streak in the process.

The series continues tomorrow at Yankee Stadium. Austin Voth gets the start for the O’s, and he’ll be opposed by New York’s Nestor Cortes. Game time is set for just after 7 PM,

Baltimore Orioles: Post season hopes slipping away

The Baltimore Orioles realistically needed to at least win three-of-four in Boston to have better than an outside shot to make the postseason. Unfortunately with today’s loss at Fenway Park, they dropped three-of-four, and now stand five games out of the final wild card spot. Mike Baumann got the start this afternoon, and was non-decisioned. Baumann’s line: 4.0 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 0 BB, 2 K.

To be clear, the Birds are mathematically still alive. So they aren’t quite at the point of guys such as Baumann auditioning for roles next season as of yet. This isn’t quite Spring Training, 2023. But things are trending in the wrong direction, needless to say.

The O’s took the lead in the third inning with Adley Rutschman’s RBI-groundout. Anthony Santander would later reach on a fielding error by Boston first baseman, Casas. And things were looking upwards for the Birds.

But keep in mind that even though they’ve already been eliminated from postseason contention, Fenway Park is Boston’s home yard. Casas redeemed himself in the last of the third with an RBI-double, cutting the Orioles’ lead to 2-1. Hernandez would add an RBI-single, and the game was suddenly tied at two.

Boston would take the lead in the sixth with an RBI-groundout, but the O’s did still have a faint heartbeat. Kyle Stowers would tie the game at three with a solo home run in the seventh. However Boston kept the pressure on, and one inning later they took a 5-3 lead on a two-run homer by Hernandez. And that 5-3 tally ended up being the final.

As I said, the O’s now stand five games back. That could go down to 4.5 games, or up to 5.5, depending on what Seattle does this evening. They play at Texas this evening.

The O’s now head to Yankee Stadium for the final road series of the year, against New York tomorrow night. Jordan Lyles gets the start for the Orioles, and he’ll be opposed by New York’s Domingo German. Game time is set for just after 7 PM.

Baltimore Orioles: Birds fall in Bean Town

Dean Kremer started for the Baltimore Orioles this evening at Boston’s Fenway Park. He pitched well, falling one inning short of a quality start. Kremer’s line: 5.0 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 4 BB, 3 K.

After two consecutive games with big offense, Oriole bats found it tough to get anything going tonight. And sometimes that happens. It did so at an inopportune time for the team given the playoff scenarios, but it does happen.

Boston took a 1-0 lead in the last of the first on an RBI-single by Verdugo, Almonte added a solo homer in the third. Verdugo would come back up again in the last of the sixth, snacking a solo homer of his own. And Boston took a 3-0 lead into the later innings.

The O’s did net a run in the eighth. This off a solo homer by Robinson Chirinos. However the fell at “the Fens,” 3-1. At the time this article is being written, they’re four games out of the wild card spot. That could bounce up to 4.5, or go back to 3.5 games – depending on what Seattle does later. This with seven games to play in the regular season.

The series concludes tomorrow afternoon at Fenway Park. Mike Baumann gets the start for the O’s, and he’ll be opposed by Boston’s Nathan Eovaldi. Game time is set for just after 1:30 PM.

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.