The Orioles made their return to Camden Yards after a six-game road trip, and for the first time since 2019, it was in front of fans. After dropping two out of three to the Yankees, our Orioles looked to bounce back against the Red Sox. Unfortunately, that did not happen.
However, this series did mark some incredible moments. On Thursday before the Orioles’ home opener, Trey Mancini was welcomed back to loud cheers by fans, players, and staff. This was the first time Mancini has played a game at Camden Yards since 2019.
Not a lot of things went right for the Orioles in this series, as the Red Sox left with a clean sweep. Here is the real break down of this series!
Game one of this series was simply bigger than baseball. Not only did we see the return of fans to Camden Yards, but we also the return of Trey Mancini. Also, Red Sox pitcher and former Orioles prospect, Eduardo Rodriguez, made his first start since 2019 after battling myocarditis all of last season.
Matt Harvey was on the bump for the Orioles in this game, and he got hit right away. Rafael Devers sent a ball over the wall in right center in the first inning, giving the Red Sox a quick 2-0 lead.
The Birds answered in the bottom of the first inning, when Ryan Mountcastle went yard in his first at-bat in front of fans. This two-run bomb tied the game at 2-2.
The Orioles snagged their first lead of this series in the fourth inning. Pedro Severino went yard, a solo shot that put the Orioles up 3-2.
After letting on two runners in the sixth, Harvey was relieved by Paul Fry. The lefty allowed two runs to score that were credited to Harvey, who ended his outing with four runs off seven hits. The Red Sox went up 4-3 after the sixth.
Boston would extend their lead in the late innings with two more runs in the seventh and a solo home run in the eighth.
The Red Sox took game one of this series 7-2. Matt Harvey took the loss and moves to 0-1.
The Baltimore Battery Player of the Game has to be Trey Mancini, who made his much-anticipated return to Camden Yards.
Game two of this series featured some free baseball, as this game took 10 innings to decide a winner. Some poor defense and bullpen meltdowns led the Orioles to a frustrating loss in this one.
Hometown kid, Bruce Zimmermann, got the nod in this game, tossing another quality start. He went six innings, allowing three runs off seven hits, while striking out four.
Rafael Devers, again, would put the Rex Sox up 1-0 in the first, and that was followed by another run scored on a pick off play at second. This made it a 2-0 game in favor of the Red Sox.
In the bottom of the first, Trey Mancini found the stands for his first home run of the season and first since September 28, 2019. He was followed by Anthony Santander, who went back-to-back with his second long ball of the year. This tied the game 2-2 after one inning.
Down 3-2 in the eighth, the Orioles scored and tied the game on a fielder’s choice by Maikel Franco. Freddy Galvis then added his first RBI of the year later in the inning, giving the Orioles a 4-3 lead.
After the Red Sox tied the game in the ninth, things got ugly in extras. The tie was broken off a wild pitch thrown by Dillon Tate. Wade LeBlanc then let another run score, putting the Red Sox up for good by a score of 6-4.
Dillon Tate got the loss in this game, as he moves to 0-1.
The Baltimore Battery Player of the Game for this one belongs to Baltimore’s own, Bruce Zimmermann, who tossed another solid six innings of work in front of his family, friends, and home fames at Camden Yards.
Game three of this series played out a lot like game three of the opening series. However, it was the Orioles this time who couldn’t keep a ball off the bat of any Red Sox hitter, especially J.D. Martinez.
Jorge López was on the mound for the Orioles, and he did not fare well. Through four innings, he allowed eight hits that were good for seven runs, including two home runs.
The Orioles were down 4-0 in the fourth, when Maikel Franco got the Birds on the board. His RBI single scored Ryan Mountcastle and made it a 4-1 game.
The Red Sox would put up another five runs in the fifth inning, aided by home runs off the bat of J.D. Martinez and Rafael Devers. Mac Sceroler then hit a batter with bases loaded, putting the Sox up 9-1.
Franco, again, helped put a dent in the Boston lead in the sixth. With two men on, Franco homered on a line drive to left field to cut the deficit to 10-4. That was Franco’s fourth RBI of the game, at the time all of the Orioles’ runs.
In the seventh down 10-4, Trey Mancini wanted this to be a baseball game. “Boom Boom” hit his second long ball of the year, this time a three-run shot that cut the Oriole deficit to 10-7.
The home runs wouldn’t stop there for the Red Sox, as both Martinez and Devers went yard again in the eighth. Of the six home runs hit by the Red Sox in this game, five came from Martinez and Devers.
One more run would score in the eighth for Boston, following a disastrous two-error play by the Oriole defense. This made it a 14-7 game.
For some pride in the ninth, the Orioles added two runs off a Trey Mancini groundout and a wild pitch. Although the Orioles offense woke up in this game, they still lost 14-9 and were handed the first sweep of the season.
The Baltimore Battery Player of the Game in the series finale is rookie Ryan McKenna, who had a triple and single after coming in the game late. Those two hits were the first in the young career of McKenna. Congratulations, Ryan!
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