The Orioles paid a visit to beautiful Citi Field in New York, as the O’s and Mets took part in a short two-game interleague series, one that featured a fantastic pitcher’s duel in game one and the return of “The Dark Knight” to his old stomping grounds in game two.
Like we said in our preview, the John Means vs. Marcus Stroman duel in game one was worth the price of admission. After a tight first game loss, Matt Harvey received a standing ovation from his former fans. It was a very nice sight to see for him.
In his first start since his no-hitter, John Means continued to dominate. Through six innings, he did allow six hits but gave up zero runs. Had it not been for a pinch-hit situation due to playing in a National League stadium, Means would have lasted longer. After six scoreless, Means dropped his ERA to 1.21.
On the other side, Marcus Stroman was equally as dominant. The former Orioles’ nightmare stifled the Birds offense for 6.1 innings, allowing just one run across four hits.
With bases loaded in the seventh inning, Pat Valaika sent a fly ball just deep enough to bring home a run on a sacrifice fly. This late first run gave the Orioles a 1-0 lead.
In the top of the eighth, Freddy Galvis laid down a perfect bunt. Seeing Jonathan Villar playing back at third, Galvis dropped the bunt, scoring Austin Hays and reaching first safely in the process. This put the Orioles up 2-0.
The Mets began to chip away at the lead in the eighth inning. Michael Conforto connected for a single off Tanner Scott, scoring a run and cutting the O’s lead to 2-1.
In the ninth, César Valdez completely imploded. He allowed two straight singles and then a third that tied the game at 2-2. Then with the speedy Villar at third, a ground ball made its way to Trey Mancini at first, who was late on the throw to home. The run scored, giving the Mets a walk-off victory on a fielder’s choice. This was Valdez’s third blown save in 11 opportunities. Not good.
The Orioles dropped this first game 3-2.
The Baltimore Battery’s Player of the Game goes to John Means. His six-inning of scoreless baseball made this an extremely winnable game.
In game two, Matt Harvey made his first trip back to Citi Field. We were unsure how Mets fans would greet him back, however a standing ovation and collection of cheers met Harvey as he made the way to the mound in the first inning. It was a heart-warming gesture and the only good thing to happen to Harvey today.
The Mets were all over Harvey, hitting basically anything that came across the plate above the waist. Harvey was shelled for seven runs on eight hits through 4.1 innings. The beat down started early, as the Mets scored three in the second, another in the third, and two in the fifth. Two of the runs allowed came off Shawn Armstrong, who allowed two inherited runners to score.
Offensively for the Orioles, it was an abysmal day. The first inning started off promising, when Trey Mancini lined a double the other way to right field. After that, Taijuan Walker walked two straight in the second, then proceeded to retire the next 11 Oriole hitters in a row.
Chance Sisco broke the shutout in the seventh with his fielder’s choice groundout that brought home Freddy Galvis from third. This made the score 7-1.
Keegan Akin made his first appearance of the season, tossing a scoreless inning with two strikeouts. Rule 5 guy Tyler Wells also had a great outing, throwing two no-hit innings.
Matt Harvey took the loss and moved to 3-3 on the season.
The Baltimore Battery’s Player of the Game goes to Tyler Wells. Wells came in towards the end of a lost game and retired five straight Met hitters on a day when they were hitting everything.
The Orioles dropped game two 7-1 and took a short series sweep from the Mets. The O’s have a day off Thursday, before coming back home to face the New York Yankees and Tampa Bay Rays!
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