Finally, May has ended and the Orioles make their way back to Camden Yards. In the month of May, the Orioles went 5-23, which included their 14-game losing streak. As the saying goes, all good things come to an end. That also applies to bad things.
The Orioles got another chance at the Twins, this time at Camden Yards. Trey Mancini and Ryan Mountcastle are back at full strength after both were hit by pitches early last week. Both were missed dearly.
After an excruciating last couple of weeks, the Orioles bounced back in grand fashion, ending their 14-game losing streak while also picking up their first series win at home this year.
Let’s get right to it. Here is a breakdown of went happened this series!
For the first time since 5/20, baseball was played in Baltimore. On the mound for the Orioles was Jorge Lopez. Opposite of Lopez was Jose Berrios for the Twins.
Much like his last start, Jorge Lopez continued to improve on the mound and again tied his season high in innings pitched at six. Through these six innings, Lopez allowed just one run while striking out seven. Great start for Lopez!
The Twins got their only run off of Lopez in the third inning. Jorge Polanco grounded out on a fielders choice, scoring a run in the process. This run put the Twins ahead 1-0.
In the fifth inning, Ryan Mountcastle was able to get to Jose Berrios. Mountcastle launched a solo home run, his fifth on the year, and tied the game at one. This was one of only five hits Berrios allowed on the day. There were actually two hits on this play. Mountcastle hit the ball and then Rob Refsnyder hit the wall.
Not much else happened in this game, as Jose Berrios continued to shut down the Orioles offense on his way to an eight inning outing. For the Orioles, Cesar Valdez, Tanner Scott, and Paul Fry all pitched scoreless innings, striking out six between the three.
Yay, free baseball! This game remained tied and we headed to extra innings. With the Twins up first and a runner on second, Adam Plutko came into pitch. A groundout advanced the runner to third, then a wild pitch by Plutko scored the go-ahead run. Just for some insurance, Jorge Polanco then smashed a solo home run, extending the Twins lead to 3-1.
To make things exciting, DJ Stewart doubled to start off the 10th, scoring Maikel Franco. This made it a 3-2 game. Unfortunately, Orioles could not come back all the way and dropped their 14th straight game, this one by a score of 3-2. Adam Plutko took the loss and moved to 1-2 on the year.
The Baltimore Battery’s player of the Game is Jorge Lopez. Lopez was able to last six innings for the second straight start while keeping his team in a position to win that game.
The Orioles were set to kick off the month of June with Bruce Zimmermann on the mound. Zimmermann was coming off a good start in Chicago and hoped to help end the wretched losing streak. Through 5.1 innings, Zimmermann allowed just two runs off of six hits, which very much helped end the streak.
The Orioles got on the board first, something they have done quite often this year. Trey Mancini hit a single in the first that scored Cedric Mullins to go up 1-0.
Zimmermann allowed one of his two runs in the third. Kyle Garlick homered and tied this game at one.
In response, Trey Mancini hit his second RBI single of the day, again scoring Cedric Mullins. And the O’s wouldn’t stop there. Freddy Galvis scored Mancini on a RBI single of his own. DJ Stewart then knocked in a run on his groundout, and Ryan Mountcastle brought in the fourth run of the inning as a result of his tenth double on the year. This four run third inning catapulted the Orioles to a 5-1 lead.
Why not add some more? In the fourth, Pedro Severino decided to join the effort. He launched his second home run on the year, and launched is an understatement. This no-doubter extended the Orioles lead to 6-1.
The only other run Zimmermann let up came in the sixth, this one off the bat of Alex Kirilloff. This solo shot cut the Orioles lead to 6-2.
Maikel Franco is a fan of insurance, and he added just that in the sixth. Franco’s solo home run, his sixth on the year, extended the lead to 7-2.
The Twins would get two runs back in the seventh and eighth, however, it wasn’t enough. The Orioles won this game 7-4.
Bruce Zimmermann earned the win (3-3), Cole Sulser earned his first save on the season, and this victory finally ended the losing streak! Hallelujah!
The Baltimore Battery’s player of the Game is Trey Mancini. Mancini went 2-3 with two RBI, including his RBI single in the third that kick started the four run rally.
Entering this game, the Orioles were undefeated in the month of June. Ironically, the Orioles have won on April 1st, May 1st, and now June 1st. On the second of June, the momentum was apparent.
Matt Harvey got the start on short rest and survived pretty well. Through three innings, Harvey allowed just one run on two hits.
The one run came in the second inning when Ryan Jeffers went deep. This solo shot put the Twins ahead early, 1-0.
The Orioles would finally answer in the fourth. On a Maikel Franco groundout, DJ Stewart was able to cross the plate and tie the game at one.
In the fifth, the Orioles would add some more. With Freddy Galvis on, DJ Stewart got a hold of one, and the ball ended up on Eutaw street. This long ball gave the Orioles the lead at 3-1.
Ryan Mountcastle must have enjoyed sending a centerfielder into the wall, because he did it again. In the sixth, Mountcastle absolutely annihilated a ball that traveled 400 feet over the centerfield wall. This long ball was good for three RBI and extended the Orioles lead to 6-1. the Ol’ Earl Weaver special.
The Twins fought back in the eighth with two runs. A Ryan Jeffers triple scored one, then Jorge Polanco scored another on a sacrifice fly. This cut the Orioles lead in half to 6-3.
The story of this game was relief pitcher Tyler Wells. the Rule 5 kid allowed one hit right away, then finished three innings without allowing another. This effort earned him his first victory as he moves to 1-0 on the year, and the Orioles took this game 6-3.
The Baltimore Battery’s player of the Game is Tyler Wells. Wells’ three innings is the most he’s throwing in one game this year, and this outing allowed the Orioles to come away with their second straight victory.
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