The Orioles had their hands full this weekend, as the red hot Oakland Athletics made a trip to Camden Yards. The A’s entered this series on an 11-game win streak, while the O’s looked to snap a six-game losing streak to the A’s.
Game one of this series was a frustrating loss for the Orioles. Jorge López got the start, and he pitched well, allowing only three runs. With some great bullpen work behind López, the Orioles kept themself in a position to win this game. However, the offense didn’t come through.
Entering the sixth inning down 3-0, the Orioles’ offense had a great chance to tie this game. Pedro Severino knocked in the lone Orioles run on a single that cut the lead to 3-1.
What was most frustrating about this game was the 10 hits that could only produce one run. Four players had multiple hits, yet the offense as a whole was 2-for-9 with RISP and left 10 runners on base. That is a tough stat line to lose with.
The Orioles dropped this game 3-1, and the A’s win streak extended to 12 games.
The Baltimore Battery’s Player of the Game is Cole Sulser. Sulser came on in relief in the seventh and tossed two perfect innings, while striking out three.
Wade LeBlanc was on the mound to start the game for the Orioles, and I couldn’t have picked anyone worse myself. LeBlanc gave this game up early, allowing four runs in the first two innings. All in all, he lasted just 1.2 innings, allowing four runs off six hits.
The Orioles got on the board in the bottom of the second, when Chance Sisco doubled to bring home Pedro Severino. This two bagger cut the A’s lead to 4-1.
Now with two men on in the fourth, Tyler Wells left a pitch over the plate that Jed Lowrie sent to the empty beer patio in right field. This home run extended the Athletics’ lead to 7-1.
In the fifth, Trey Mancini would add one more run on his fourth double of the year. Scoring Austin Hays, this RBI made it a 7-2 game.
No more offense would appear after the fifth, and the Orioles dropped this game 7-2.
The Baltimore Battery’s Player of the Game is Chance Sisco, who went 2-for-4, including his RBI double.
Game three of this series was a hell of a show on the mound for the Orioles. John Means got the start and proved once again why he should be talked about as one of the top starters in the American League.
Through 6.1 innings, Means allowed only two hits, one of which was a solo home run, the only run allowed. This electric start drops Means’ ERA to 1.50, good for second in the American League. That’s better than both Gerrit Cole and Shane Bieber.
Austin Hays came ready to play in this one. In the second, he launched his first long ball of the year to give the Birds a 1-0 lead. Later in the game in the fourth, Hays broke the 1-1 tie with a two-run bomb. His second of the day, and the season, gave the Orioles a 3-1 lead.
In the eighth inning, the Orioles completely put this game out of reach. They batted 11 players and scored five runs.
The inning started with Maikel Franco’s third home run of the year, making it a 4-1 game. Then with the bases loaded, Ryan McKenna had the best at-bat of his young career, drawing a run-scoring walk. Although unconventional, this went down as McKenna’s first big league RBI.
Later in the inning, Cedric Mullins had some help from an error by A’s shortstop Elvis Andrus. This error scored the Orioles’ sixth run. Then, Trey Mancini singled and drove in two more runs. This put the Orioles up for good 8-1.
With a sizable lead in the ninth, Zac Lowther was called upon for his first Major League appearance. Lowther allowed one hit in the first at-bat, then recorded three consecutive outs. His first strikeout ended this game, an 8-1 victory for the Orioles.
Finally, the Orioles snapped their losing streak to the A’s at eight games, while also ending the A’s 13-game winning streak.
The Baltimore Battery’s Player of the Game is actually three people! First, Austin Hays, who hit two homers on the day. Second is John Means, who got the win on the mound after another outstanding performance. And lastly, Zac Lowther, who made it to The Show!
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