The Orioles had a chance to break even after a successful road trip. However, the Boston Red Sox and their A.L.-East-leading record stood in the way in this four-game home stand for the Birds.
The Red Sox showed why they are atop Major League Baseball, while the Orioles also showed they can still hang with the big dogs.
Although the series was lost, the Orioles showed a lot of fight and some more solid pitching. Unfortunately, the O’s just can’t seem to win at home, as their record at OPACY dropped to 5-13.
Game one was a battle between Matt Harvey and former O’s prospect Eduardo Rodriguez. Harvey didn’t pitch his best game, as he allowed four runs off four hits in as many innings.
The bullpen for the Orioles in this game was as good as advertised. Pitching a collective five innings with two runs scored, the offense was kept in a position to make a comeback. This bullpen effort included Isaac Mattson, who made his Major League debut. Mattson lasted one inning and gave up one run on one hit.
Down 4-0 in the fifth, Trey Mancini kept on hitting. His RBI single cut the deficit to 4-1, when he scored Cedric Mullins on a line drive off a beautiful breaking ball. Trey has certainly found his groove!
Speaking of finding their groove, Ryan Mountcastle has done more than that lately. In the sixth, Mountcastle lifted his second long ball of the year, a solo shot that made it a 4-2 ballgame.
With a run let up in the eighth and ninth innings, the Red Sox pulled away with a 6-2 victory in game one. Matt Harvey took the loss and moved to 3-2 on the year.
The Baltimore Battery’s Player of the Game goes to Ryan Mountcastle, who went 3-for-4, including his solo home run.
Game two of this series was an offensive showcase on both sides. Zac Lowther was given the ball for his first Major League start, and it is one he needs to move on from.
Lowther was bullied by the Red Sox lineup from the jump, as he allowed seven runs on seven hits in just 2.1 innings. Lowther had a one-run lead as he entered his second inning of work, when he then allowed four.
DJ Stewart put the O’s out in front early by singling home Cedric Mullins. This gave the Orioles their short lead of 1-0.
Freddy Galvis would find the seats in the second inning. His fourth home run on the year was a solo shot that cut the deficit to 4-2.
With the game ultimately out of reach in the sixth, Trey Mancini was in the mood to keep his hot streak going, as he hit his sixth double on the year, scoring Austin Hays in the process. Later in the inning, Ramón Urías singled, bringing home Mancini to make it an 11-4 ballgame.
Austin Hays would join the RBI crew in this game, bringing home two runs on a single in the ninth.
Unfortunately, the Orioles were unable to climb out of a large hole and lost this game 11-6. Zac Lowther took his first loss and moved to 0-1.
The Baltimore Battery’s Player of the Game is Austin Hays. Going 2-for-5 with two RBI, Hays continued his own hot streak.
Game three was a very frustrating loss for the O’s. A game in which Dean Kremer was able to be the Dean Kremer we knew of last year was not enough, as the offense fell flat. Kremer pitched a very good five innings, allowing three runs.
In the first inning, Ryan Mountcastle put the O’s out in front. His RBI single scored Trey Mancini and gave the Birds a 1-0 lead.
With the game tied at 1-1 in the fifth, Cedric Mullins came up clutch, as he blasted his sixth home run on the year, showing everyone yet again that he is one of the better hitters in baseball. This homer put the Orioles ahead 2-1.
In a 4-2 game in the eighth, the game was far from over. Again, Ryan Mountcastle came through for the Orioles. His seventh double scored Austin Hays and cut the Red Sox lead to just one run.
However, the Orioles couldn’t finish the job, as they dropped game three 4-3 and dropped this series. Dean Kremer took the loss and moved to 0-3.
The Baltimore Battery’s Player of the Game goes to Ryan Mountcastle. Going 2-for-4 with two RBI was enough to be the majority of the offense on this day.
An oddly placed game four on a Monday finally went the Orioles way. With Jorge López on the mound, the O’s were able to shut down the Red Sox’s fiery offense.
López pitched a great game, something he kind of has been doing lately without a lot of people realizing. He lasted 5.2 innings with only one run allowed and faced and defeated his fifth inning monster. He also struck out five.
I’m almost getting tired of typing this name, but Ryan Mountcastle, again, brought his bat to the yard in this game. He put the Orioles ahead 1-0 in the second by absolutely obliterating his second long ball of the series. This home run traveled at 106.5 mph and found the left field seats very quickly.
With the game tied at 1-1 in the sixth, Trey Mancini also obliterated a ball. He sent one over the 410 mark in center field, finally finding the ground after 440 feet. “Boom Boom’s” seventh on the year gave the O’s a 2-1 lead.
Mancini really wanted to win this game, as he gave the Orioles some insurance in the eighth with an RBI single. Freddy Galvis then supplied a second insurance plan, bringing home another run on a sac fly. This gave the Orioles a 4-1 lead.
The Orioles bullpen in this game was incredible. After a great outing from Jorge López, the bullpen shut the door with 4.1 innings of no run ball. Against an offense like the Red Sox in a stadium like OPACY, that is very impressive and indicative of how this bullpen has pitched all year.
The Orioles took this last game and avoided the sweep by winning 4-1. Tanner Scott earned the win and moved to 2-2.
The Baltimore Battery’s Player of the Game is Jorge López, although it could easily be Mancini or Mountcastle. López fought his fifth inning demon and continued to be a better pitcher than his numbers indicate. His one-run outing was enough to earn the Orioles a win in this game.
The O’s now travel to New York to face the Mets in a two-game interleague series starting Tuesday at 7:05 p.m. EST. John Means will be on the mound opposite Marcus Stroman in what should be a very fun matchup to watch.
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