The Orioles are turning heads around Major League Baseball the last few games! And guess what, Birdland? It’s time to bring out the brooms!
Following a near sweep of the reigning World Series Champion Washington Nationals, the Orioles continued their road trip into Philadelphia with a head of steam. The bats ignited in Washington, and the same plate production ensued against the Philadelphia Phillies.
The Orioles scored double-digit runs in two of the three games as the team swept the Phils and improved to 10-7 on the season!
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Alex Cobb started the opening game of the series and was solid for most of the outing; he only allowed three hits through 5.1 innings but allowed three runs and had no run support.
The Phillies led 3-0 in the bottom of the fifth inning, after Andrew McCutchen hit a two-run single in the third inning, and Jay Bruce homered in the fifth.
Baltimore’s bats came alive in the top of the sixth inning, when Renato Núñez singled to score Anthony Santander for the Orioles’ first run of the game. Rio Ruiz followed up later in the inning with a double to score Núñez, and Dwight Smith Jr. singled to score Ruiz.
With the game tied at 3-3 heading into the seventh inning, the Orioles took their first lead of the game, after Hanser Alberto doubled to score Pat Valaika, and Santander later scored Alberto with a single.
The later innings were exciting, if not nerve wracking, as both teams went back and forth scoring runs.
In the bottom of the eighth inning, Bryce Harper homered to score Rhys Hoskins, and Jean Segura later hit a solo homerun to put Philadelphia ahead 6-5.
With the game on the line in the top of the ninth inning, Núñez hit an RBI single to tie the game at 6-6. Pedro Severino followed up with an infield single that scored both Alberto and Santander.
In the bottom of the ninth inning, Didi Gregorius came up with a clutch hit against Cole Sulser that scored Harper and Hoskins to tie the game at 8-8. This high-octane offensive matchup went to extra innings for a conclusion.
In the first at-bat of the 10th inning, Austin Hays hit one to shallow center field that sneaked by outfielder Roman Quinn, as he attempted to make a diving catch.
As the ball rolled to deep center, Hays used his blazing speed to score an incredible inside-the-park home run. This put the O’s up 10-8; despite blowing the save, Sulser was put in position to win the game.
The Phillies added a run in the bottom of the 10th inning, but Travis Lakins finished off the final batter and recorded the save. It was a late-night battle, in which the Orioles came away victorious in epic fashion.
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Wade LeBlanc took the mound in game two, as the Phillies looked to rebound from the extra-inning showdown the night before.
Philadelphia took advantage early and led 3-1 by the bottom of the third inning. LeBlanc pitched 3.1 innings, allowed six hits and gave up three earned runs.
The Orioles are getting used to coming from behind to win, which they did in game two.
Baltimore scored a run in the fourth, fifth and seventh innings to take a 5-3 lead. Chance Sisco singled to score Núñez, Ruiz homered to right field, and Sisco added a homer.
Andrew Knapp added a run in the bottom of the eighth inning via an RBI single; the Phillies cut the lead to 5-4 at this point.
With a close score late in the game, Sulser pitched a scoreless ninth inning to record his fourth save of the year. Shawn Armstrong received the win in relief, as the Orioles improved to 9-7 and looked to sweep the Phillies in game three.
Sisco was one of Baltimore’s top players in game two, going 2-for-4 with three RBI and one run scored. The catcher is currently second on the team in batting average.
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Game three was a revenge game of sorts for both starting pitchers, as former Oriole Jake Arrieta was on the mound for Philadelphia and current Oriole Thomas Eshelman faced his former team.
Eshelman held his own, going five innings and allowing just two earned runs in a winning effort. Meanwhile, Arrieta dominated early and kept his pitch count incredibly low until the Orioles came alive in the fifth inning.
Down 2-0, Baltimore scored its first run at the hands of Pat Valaika’s fielder’s choice that scored Núñez. With the bases loaded later in the inning, Santander hit a bases-clearing double to put the O’s in front 4-2; this ended Arrieta’s outing on the mound for the Phillies.
The Orioles added some padding to their lead with run production in the seventh and eighth innings.
José Iglesias doubled to score Alberto and Valaika, making the score 6-2. In the next inning, Severino hit a three-run home run to take a big 9-2 lead and all but secure the victory. After some late runs, the Orioles beat the Phillies by a score of 11-4 to sweep the series.
Eshelman received the win against his former team, while the Orioles got the best of Arrieta in a losing effort.
Severino finished the game 3-for-5 with three RBI and two runs. Baltimore’s bats were alive again, as the team scored five or more runs for the seventh straight game.
Following the short road trip to Washington and Philadelphia, the O’s will head back home for series against the Nationals, Blue Jays and Red Sox.
The Orioles will conclude last Sunday’s game against the Nats on Friday, which was paused at 5-2 in favor of the Orioles due to a rain delay and tarp troubles.
The O’s sit at 10-7 and are within striking distance of the first place Yankees and second place Rays. The three-game series against Toronto and four-game series against Boston will go a long way towards the Orioles staying competitive in the playoff hunt.
If the last two series prove anything, it’s that this O’s team has the heart and determination to compete with anyone. Nearly a third of the way through the shortened season, the playoff race is a realistic opportunity for the 2020 Orioles.
Stay tuned to The Baltimore Battery for previews, lineups and recaps of the upcoming series!