The Orioles were slated to finish off the first home stand of the season with a four-game set against the Mariners. Due to Mother Nature, all four games of this series were played as two sets of seven-inning doubleheaders, as Monday and Wednesday’s games were both postponed.
Frustratingly, the Orioles lost three very close games, while stealing one game on a walk-off. With every game being seven innings, it feels like a good bit of baseball was left unplayed in this series. Nevertheless, the Orioles were unable to finish in all three of their losses.
Game one of this series was played Tuesday as the opening game of the first doubleheader. John Means was on the mound for the Orioles and looked to extend his streak of consecutive games with at least five innings pitched and one run or less allowed. This would not be the case, unfortunately.
Means ran into some trouble in the first two innings, as he allowed two solo home runs and a third run off a Mitch Haniger single. This put the Mariners up 3-0 after two frames.
In the fifth inning, the Orioles found some offense. Ramón Urías homered for the first time this season, scoring himself and DJ Stewart. This cut the deficit to 3-2. Irrelevant but interesting, Urías and his brother, Brewers shortstop Luis Urías, both hit their first homer of the year on this same day.
In the bottom of the seventh with two outs, which served as the “bottom of the ninth” due to the seven-inning game, DJ Stewart kept hopes alive with an RBI single to tie the game at three and force extra innings.
Unfortunately, Tanner Scott would allow the game winning double in the top of the eighth, while not being charged for the run. The runner was put on second as a part of the extra inning rule, and that run was unearned.
The Orioles dropped this first game 4-3. Tanner Scott took the loss and moves to 0-1. The Baltimore Battery’s Player of the Game was DJ Stewart. Stewart went 1-for-2 with a walk, which turned into a run scored, as well as tying the game on his two-out RBI single.
Game two of this doubleheader featured Dean Kremer on the mound. So far this season, Kremer has struggled, and he looked to bounce back here in this game. Although the Orioles were victorious, Kremer did not fare too well.
Through three innings, Kremer allowed four hits and four runs, as well as a home run. Luckily for Kremer, the offense gave him run support.
After the Mariners put up all four runs off Kremer in the third, the Birds answered in the bottom of the inning. Maikel Franco cleared the loaded bases for a three-RBI double, which was followed by an RBI single off the bat of Ryan Mountcastle. After three innings, the game was tied at four a piece.
Now in the fourth, scorching hot Cedric Mullins would hit his sixth double of the season, scoring Chance Sisco in the process. On the next at-bat, Anthony Santander scored a run on a sac fly to extend the Birds’ lead to 6-4.
After one strong inning from Adam Plutko, he would cave in his second inning of work, allowing a game-tying two-run home run in the top of the seventh inning.
With a chance for a walk-off victory, the Orioles came to the plate eager and ready. Ramón Urías, who had homered in game one, sent a line drive back up the middle after a fantastic at-bat. This scored the Orioles’ seventh run and earned the Birds their first walk-off of the season.
The O’s won this game 7-6, and César Valdez earned his second win of the year. The Baltimore Battery’s Player of the Game goes to Ramón Urías, who fought off pitch after pitch in that last at-bat, until finally sending the game-winning single up the middle.
The third game of this series was game one of the second doubleheader and featured Matt Harvey on the mound.
Harvey pitched very well, except for a couple bad pitches, including one that he did not get away with, as it was sent into the stands. After 4.2 innings, Harvey allowed just three hits and two runs, both coming off that home run.
For the Orioles, this game started with a bang, or a Boom, I should say. Trey Mancini took his recent frustrations up to the plate and absolutely annihilated a 460-foot home run that scored himself and Maikel Franco. This put the Orioles up 2-0 early. Unfortunately, these would be the only runs scored by the O’s.
The Mariners tied the game in the fourth, when Mitch Haniger took advantage of one of the only bad pitches thrown by Harvey. Then in the sixth, J.P. Crawford would put the dagger in by scoring two runs on a double off Tanner Scott.
The Orioles dropped game three of this series 4-2. Tanner Scott took the loss and moved to 0-2 on the year. The Baltimore Battery’s Player of the Game is Trey Mancini. Along with that massive two-run homer, Mancini had a few great plays on defense at first base.
The final game of this series featured the Orioles’ newest breakout arm, Bruce Zimmermann. Once again, Zimm was fantastic but was plagued by a lack of run support.
Over five innings, Zimmermann allowed six hits but limited the damage to just two runs. Three walks did hurt him in this game, and a pair of solo home runs accounted for all of the scoring on the Mariners’ part.
The first home run allowed by Zimmermann came in the third inning, and the Orioles answered right away. In the bottom of that frame, Freddy Galvis hit his first long ball of the year and tied the game at one a piece.
Then in the fifth, Mitch Haniger sent yet another ball into the seats. His fourth on the year, and second of this series, gave the Mariners a 2-1 lead that didn’t change.
The Orioles dropped the last game of this series 2-1. Zimmermann took the loss and moves to 0-1 on the year. The Baltimore Battery’s Player of the Game is starting pitcher Bruce Zimmermann. He did a great job of limiting the damage to only two runs, which is a good start that is finished by no run support.
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