The Orioles headed into Miami this week in search of their first back-to-back series wins of the season. Unfortunately, they were unable to win the series, instead splitting it one game a piece.
Much like the Rangers series, the pitching was up to par, while the offense, as a whole, struggled to offer run support. Despite seven runs in game one and a victory, the Orioles were shut out in game two.
Matt Harvey was on the mound for the Orioles, still in search of his first win in black and orange. Over five innings, Harvey helped his case, letting up just three runs off eight hits. Luckily for Harvey, the offense came ready to play in game one.
The Birds went up early in the first, initiated by a Maikel Franco groundout that scored Austin Hays. Later in the inning, Rio Ruiz smashed a double down the right field line to score two more and put the O’s up 3-0.
Now in the third inning, Trey Mancini came to bat with a 3-1 lead. He found the sweet spot on the barrel and launched a deep home run to center field. His fourth long ball on the year gave the Orioles a 4-1 lead.
Later in the inning, Freddy Galvis joined the home run gang with his second shot of the season, this one extending the lead to 5-1.
In the fourth inning the offense kept pounding, as DJ Stewart doubled, scoring Austin Hays. This made the Orioles lead 6-1.
Things would get scary for the Birds in the middle innings, when the Marlins climbed back to cut the lead to 6-5. Shawn Armstrong got beat up in a short outing that resulted in no outs. He was responsible for two base runners, both of whom scored once Adam Plutko came on in relief.
Much like the Progressive commercials tell us, insurance is important. Freddy Galvis gave the Orioles just that with his RBI single in the bottom of the eighth. This gave the Orioles the ultimate 7-5 lead.
Matt Harvey got his first win as an Oriole (1-1), and César Valdez picked up his fourth save. The Baltimore Battery Player of the Game is Freddy Galvis, who went 2-for-3 with two RBI, a home run, and a walk.
Pitching for the Orioles in game two was rookie breakout, Bruce Zimmermann. Through 4.2 innings, Zimmermann allowed three runs off six hits, a total that shouldn’t have been a losing effort. However, the offense did not score him, nor the bullpen, a single run in this game.
The only runs scored in the game came in the fifth inning, as Zimmermann allowed two runs off a Jesús Aguilar double and was credited for the run scored against Cole Susler. After the fifth, the Marlins went up 3-0.
Travis Lakins Sr. and Dillon Tate combined for two scoreless innings in relief but were unable to get help from the offense.
Bruce Zimmermann took the loss (1-2), as the Orioles dropped this game 3-0. The Baltimore Battery’s Player of the Game is also Bruce Zimmermann. No Oriole really even showed up to this game, however Zimm’s three-run effort was enough to secure him his second Player of the Game this season.
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