The Orioles came into this weekend series against the Nats on an almost week-long winning streak, but that unfortunately came to a halt.
The defending World Series Champions would take two out of the three games this series, thanks to a mixture of scrappy situational hitting and solid pitching.
Game 1: Orioles 3 – Nats 15
There’s not much to say about this game.
After an Anthony Santander solo shot in the first, Stephen Strasburg had to come out of the game due to a nerve issue in his throwing hand.
Tommy Milone got the start, going four innings and giving up six runs (three earned) on nine hits, with two strike outs.
One notable and good thing that happened in this game was the MLB debut of prospect Keegan Akin, who tossed three innings and gave up three earned runs on two hits, with a strikeout to go with it.
The Nats would take game one by a score of 15-3. Erick Fedde would pick up the win, after coming in for the injured Strasburg.
Game 2: Orioles 7 – Nats 3
Let’s just say that game two was a more fun game for O’s fans.
The Orioles got off to a hot start early in this one, as Pedro Severino hit a two-run double in the bottom of the first.
In just an inning later, Andrew Velazquez hit an RBI triple that scored Bryan Holaday, and Hanser Alberto would hit a sac fly to increase the lead to 4-0.
Asher Wojciechowski made the start in game two, and he was solid on the mound. Wojo would go five innings, giving up three earned runs on five hits, with two strikeouts.
Mr. “Locks & Loaded”, Rio Ruiz, would hit his sixth home run of the year in the sixth inning, and clutch RBI hits from Alberto and José Iglesias would give the O’s a 7-3 win.
Game 3: Orioles – Nats
The Orioles would get off to a bad start in this one, as John Means would exit the game after just 0.2 innings pitched and three earned runs on four hits.
New Oriole, Jorge López, came in relief and was clutch. He would go four innings, striking out five and giving up two earned runs.
Anthony Santander would stay hot, as he hit a solo homer off Max Scherzer in the first that almost landed on Eutaw Street.
The O’s got to Scherzer in the sixth, as Pedro Severino hit a three-run homer to bring the team within a run.
After getting through the sixth, Scherzer convinced manager Davey Martinez to keep him in the game. Boy, that was a mistake!
Guess who hit another home run? That’s right, Mr. Santander hit another solo shot off Scherzer to tie the game at five.
The O’s almost made it out of the top of the eighth unscathed, but a throwing error by Ruiz with two outs scored Juan Soto to give the Nats a 6-5 lead.
After this, the momentum shifted, as the O’s couldn’t get it done. They lose a heartbreaker 6-5 and lose the series.
The Orioles begin a three-game series against the Toronto Blue Jays tomorrow at Oriole Park at Camden Yards.