The Orioles headed into this three-game series tied for the league’s worst record with the team they were set to face, the Minnesota Twins. Now, the O’s officially have the worst record in the majors.
Coming into this series, the Orioles had lost their last six games and 13 of their last 15. Hoping to end their losing streak, the O’s sent John Means, Dean Kremer, and Jorge López to the mound in this series.
Unfortunately for the Orioles, they proved why their record is what it is. A couple of great starts were forgotten by a serious lack of offense. And when we say lack of offense, it’s literally Trey Mancini all by himself.
Here is a breakdown of how things went in this series.
John Means day! The A.L. ERA leader came into Minnesota looking to snatch that hard to come by fifth victory. On his side, Means did absolutely everything he needed to. He threw seven innings, allowing just five hits and two runs. The only damage done was a pair of solo home runs that came in the second and sixth innings.
Anthony Santander got things started early in the first inning, as he launched his fourth double off the wall in left-center, scoring Cedric Mullins in the process. This put the O’s up 1-0 after the first frame.
Going into the eighth inning, Means was still the pitcher of record as the Orioles trailed 2-1. With Trey Mancini on base, DJ Stewart sent a monster home run out of the ballpark, taking a 3-2 lead and setting up Means to get the W. Oh, and this home run featured an awesome bat-flip!
Now in the bottom of the eighth, the bullpen absolutely ruined this game. Still up 3-2, the Orioles watched the victory slip right out of their hands.
Tanner Scott was responsible for two runners that scored this inning, and César Valdez gave up three runs of his own. Tyler Wells then came on, and he followed suit. Wells allowed yet another two runs, putting this game, that should have been a certain victory, completely out of reach.
The Orioles blew this game and lost 8-3. Tanner Scott took the loss and moved to 2-3 on the year.
The Baltimore Battery’s Player of the Game goes to John Means. His seven-inning outing was a gem, striking out five in the process.
Game two of this series was much of the same. Dean Kremer got the start; however, he didn’t pitch nearly as well as Means did a day before.
As it has happened quite often this year, the Orioles took an early lead in the second, as Cedric Mullins singled with two strikes and two outs with the bases loaded, scoring two runs. This gave the Orioles and Kremer an early 2-0 lead.
In the bottom of the second, Dean Kremer did Dean Kremer things; he completely lost control. A solo home run was followed by an RBI double that tied this game up at two. Then, Kremer threw two wild pitches that scored another two runs. This four spot by the Twins gave them the lead at 4-2.
The Orioles battled a bit in the fourth. With Stevie Wilkerson on second, Pedro Severino hit a double that cut the Twins’ lead to 4-3. Unfortunately, this was the closest the O’s came to eliminating the lead.
Kremer allowed one more run in the fourth on a sac fly, then was saved by his defense. He gave up a double, but a perfect relay from Mullins to Galvis to Severino gunned down Andrelton Simmons, who was attempting to score and ended the inning. At this point, the Twins were up 5-3.
Keegan Akin saw some action, and he gave up two more runs. Solo home runs in the sixth and eighth gave the Twins their sixth and seventh runs on the day.
In the middle of Akin’s outing, DJ Stewart came up big again. With the score 6-3, Stewart blasted his second home run in as many games, this one to center field. However, this wouldn’t be enough.
The Orioles dropped game two 7-4 and lost the series in the process. Dean Kremer took the loss and moved to 0-5 on the year, which led to his demotion to Triple-A Norfolk.
The Baltimore Battery’s Player of the Game goes to Stevie Wilkerson. Wilkerson went 2-for-4, including a double and run scored. He also had a nice leaping catch at second base.
Game three of this series was agonizing for Oriole fans. Jorge López got the start and continued to improve, as he has been with each outing.
Trey Mancini decided to help out his pitcher early. In his first at-bat in the first, Mancini launched his 11th home run on the year. This solo shot was also good for RBI number 42, still the league lead.
López truly shut down this Twins offense, allowing four hits and three runs in six innings. Besides his sixth inning, he was stellar.
After five frames, López had allowed no runs, two hits, and beat his fifth inning monster. However, the sixth inning somewhat got away from him. After a single and a walk, López left one single bad pitch over the plate. Unfortunately, Miguel Sano absolutely annihilated that pitch for a three-run home run. This quickly put the Twins up 3-1.
Shawn Armstrong and Tanner Scott both delivered scoreless innings in the seventh and eighth innings, respectively, which was a good sign for these two bullpen arms.
Things actually got exciting in the ninth inning. Down 3-1, Trey Mancini led off the inning with a double off the right field wall. Then with two outs, Maikel Franco scored Mancini on a double to cut the deficit to 3-2. In complete Orioles fashion, Stevie Wilkerson left the tying runner stranded on second, as he ended this game with a ground out.
The Orioles lost game three 3-2 and were handed their third consecutive sweep. Jorge López took the undeserving loss and moved to 1-6 on the year.
The Baltimore Battery’s Player of the Game goes to Trey Mancini, who went 2-for-4 with two runs scored, including his solo home run and double in the ninth.
The O’s are headed to the South Side, as they begin a four-game series against the Chicago White Sox beginning Thursday night.
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