Going into Fenway for the last series against the Red Sox, both teams are out of playoff contention. More or less, this series was about securing fourth place, or if you are a part of the tank train, hoping to gain a better draft spot by losing this series.
In three games, the Orioles were beat in two and saved all of their offense for the final game.
Keegan Akin came into game one of this series with a 1-1 record, hoping to reach a winning record as this season comes to a close.
The Red Sox offense was able to put up four runs on Akin with a three spot in the third. Honestly, it wasn’t nearly as bad of a start for Akin as it seemed.
One run scored on a sac fly, while another came across on a fielding error. Of the four runs, only two came across earned. With outing length being a slight issue, Akin was still able to throw over 60% strikes and net six strikeouts in four innings.
The Orioles actually sent Akin to the mound with a lead in this game, after DJ Stewart singled home a run in the top of the first to go up 1-0.
Renato Núñez and Rio Ruiz helped make this a ballgame in the sixth inning. Renato hit his 12th homer, and then Rio Ruiz doubled and brought home DJ Stewart. This cut the Red Sox lead to 4-3.
Evan Phillips came on in the sixth and let four runs cross the plate, one of which were credited to Paul Fry. This late offense by the Red Sox earned them the 8-3 victory
Game two of this series was hard to watch for Oriole fans, as Dean Kremer got demolished for the first time in his career. Seven runs in 2.2 inning sent Kremer to the showers with his first harsh defeat. Three walks were killer, and three RBI doubles proved a lot of the offense against Kremer.
After Branden Kline allowed a run in relief of Kremer, Maryland native Bruce Zimmermann came in to pitch in his second Major League appearance. Zimmermann’s first bullpen outing was fantastic, holding the Red Sox to one run ball for the last four innings of this game.
The Red Sox took game two 9-1.
The last game of this series was the last chance for the Orioles to get one more shot at the Red Sox., and boy did they ever.
The Birds’ offense was electric Thursday night, proving their inconsistency with a 13-run night, following four runs scored in the last two games.
In a nearly perfect game offensively for the Orioles, every batter recorded at least one hit, besides Bryan Holaday, who was a pinch hitter in the ninth inning. Also, the 5-8 hitters in the lineup all had three hits. This included Austin Hays, Pat Valaika, Rio Ruiz, and the youngster Ramón Urías.
The Orioles hit three solo home runs and scored on four doubles by four different players. However, Alex Cobb’s start might be the best part of this game.
Through seven innings, Cobb shut out a red hot Red Sox offense. Only one run was scored, and six hits were let up. Once again, quality starts are coming from the right arm of Cobb, even if it is a little too late. He will finish the year with a 4.30 ERA, which is his best since 2017.
Shawn Armstrong and Travis Lakins Sr. followed suit, each throwing no-run innings.
The Orioles took the final game against the Red Sox 13-1, but lost the series.
The O’s kick off their final series against the playoff bound Toronto/Buffalo Blue Jays on Friday at 6:37 pm ET.
In other news, the Orioles have recalled David Hess from the alternate site, and have sent down Dean Kremer to the alternate site.
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