There you have it folks. The 2020 season has come an end for the Baltimore Orioles. After finishing much better than anyone expected, we all can be happy at the things accomplished by the Orioles this season.
The Orioles went to visit the playoff-bound Blue Jays, and they had a little more damage to do to the Birds in 2020.
Jorge López come out in game one and saw why the Blue Jays are headed to the postseason. He was shelled for eight runs in just two innings.
With six runs scored in the second and two more in the third before an out was recorded, the Orioles fell behind early and had to begin to climb back.
Thomas Eshelman pitched four innings in relief, extending the deficit to 10-0. In the fifth inning, the offense finally found some life with back-to-back home runs by Ramón Urías and Cedric Mullins. This made it a 10-2 game.
The O’s added two more runs in the sixth and one in the ninth, however it wasn’t enough. The Birds dropped game one 10-5.
Game two was the last chance for John Means to add to his hot end to the season. And end the season hot is exactly what he did.
With a beautiful final outing, Means allowed just one run off one hit through six innings. His nine strikeouts helped keep the Blue Jays offense down, except for a solo home run hit in the sixth.
Unfortunately, that single hit and home run Means let up gave the Blue Jays the lead. The Orioles offense was shut out until the eighth, when it was a 3-0 game after Hunter Harvey gave up two runs in relief of Means.
The Birds scored twice in the eighth on a José Iglesias double and Ryan Mountcastle single. This little offense wasn’t enough, however, and the Orioles lost this game 5-2.
This game was the Orioles’ final chance to come out with 25 victories, and the offense was able to provide enough runs to do so.
Keegan Akin got his final start and had a little trouble. He gave up four runs in three innings, with three of those runs coming from the long ball.
Travis Lakins Sr. came on in relief and was great for two innings. In that time, the Orioles offense broke out. The O’s scored three in the fourth on a Cedric Mullins triple and a sac fly by Austin Hays. This made it a 4-4 game.
The Birds took the lead in the fifth, after a Rio Ruiz double, a Hanser Alberto RBI groundout, and Pat Valaika single. These runs put the O’s up 7-4.
The Orioles survived a run scored in the eighth and took the final game of the season by a score of 7-5.
The Baltimore Orioles finished 25-35, which is much better than anyone expected. With much fight and much heart, this Orioles team was a joy to watch this year!
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