The NL East leading Mets came to visit Camden Yards for a mid-week two-game set that was split with one win by each team. In both games, the victor scored at least 10 runs, with the Mets scoring 14 in their win Wednesday night. These two games looked like football scores!
The Orioles were hot heading into this series, winning four of their last five. The offense seemed to finally breakout after that abysmal losing streak, and they didn’t slow down to start this series.
Here is a breakdown of what happened in this series!
Game one of this series, simply put, was beautiful. Everything went right for the Orioles, while on the flip side, the Mets just could not catch a break.
Bruce Zimmermann started this game, and after a two-run first inning, he really settled down. After five full innings, a two-run shot by Pete Alonso in the first were the only runs scored off Zimmermann. He also struck out seven batters.
The Orioles pitching staff took note of our Keys to the Series, as they did exactly what needed to be done in terms of supporting the starter and not breaking down late in the game. After Zimmermann’s outing, the bullpen only allowed one more run, a garbage time home run, again, by Pete Alonso.
Hunter Harvey threw a clean inning, which was followed by a beautiful two-inning outing by Tyler Wells. In this outing, Wells showed incredible improvement on his changeup and didn’t allow a hit. Travis Lakins Sr. then delivered an inning, only allowing one run on Alonso’s second home run. If the only run your bullpen is giving up is a solo shot to Pete Alonso, I think we can all be satisfied.
For the offense, they stayed hot just like we said needed to be done. Their 16 hits lead to 10 runs, and more importantly, the O’s went 7-for-16 with RISP and did a great job working these Mets pitchers.
In 2.2 innings, David Peterson had to throw 69 pitches before he was pulled. Pat Valaika provided great offense with two doubles in his first two at-bats, which were good for four RBI. Maikel Franco and Cedric Mullins also doubled in the second inning on the way to a three-run frame.
What we really mean by “staying hot” is hitting consistently throughout the game, against the bullpen, and not dying out after the first inning. Unfortunately, that has happened a lot this season. However, the offense was all green lights throughout this game.
After their three-run second inning, the Orioles then scored one run in the third and fourth, three again in the fifth, one in the sixth, and one in the eighth. Results like that is the product of staying hot, while being able to provide that production makes it a lot easier for any bullpen to not blow the game.
Maikel Franco made history with his home run, which hit the second deck. He became only the sixth player to do this, joining Manny Machado and Mark Reynolds as the only Orioles to do it.
Cedric Mullins recorded his 16th and 17th double on the year in this game, while Trey Mancini reached the 45 RBI mark. Anthony Santander also hit a solo shot to dead center for his fourth of the year.
Bruce Zimmermann earned the win in this 10-4 blowout and moved to 4-3 on the year.
The Baltimore Battery’s Player of the Game goes to Maikel Franco. Franco went 2-for-4, scored two runs, doubled, and made history with his long ball. Oh, and he flashed the leather too!
Game two of this series played out much like game one. The only difference was the team who went on an offensive barrage. This time, it was the Mets.
Matt Harvey was on the bump against his former team again, and, like the last time he pitched against the Mets, they rocked him. Harvey lasted just three innings, giving up seven runs across eight hits. In those three innings, Harvey fell just short of 100 pitches, finishing at 93.
Adam Plutko, Dillon Tate, and César Valdez combined for a nice four innings. The only run allowed in these innings was a solo home run let up by Plutko. This trio also struck out four batters total.
At the end of the bullpen was Mac Sceroler, who just got annihilated. The Rule 5 pick, who just came off the Injured List, allowed six runs on five hits; however, this game was already out of reach, so we can’t call this a late game breakdown.
The offensive fire we have seen over the last week was put out tonight. Taijuan Walker was shutting down this Orioles lineup again, giving up just one run over five hits with nine strikeouts.
The lone run came off the bat of last week’s A.L. Player of the Week, Ryan Mountcastle. Only down 2-0 at this point in the second, Mountcastle singled home Cedric Mullins.
Besides that RBI single, the Orioles could only come up with five more hits on the day. Singles by Cedric Mullins, Trey Mancini, Pat Valaika, and Maikel Franco. Franco also doubled again in this game.
One bright spot in this game was our All-Star center fielder, Cedric Mullins. Mullins made a diving play in this game that just might be one of the best catches our eyes have witnessed in Camden Yards. Check it out for yourself!
The Orioles dropped this second game by a score of 14-1. Matt Harvey took his sixth loss in his last seven appearances and moved to 3-7.
The Baltimore Battery’s Player of the Game is Cedric Mullins. Mullins went 1-for-4 and scored a run, while also making possibly the play of the season out in center field.
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The O’s have a day off Thursday before starting another week-long road trip, with three against the Tampa Bay Rays beginning Friday night and four against the Cleveland Indians.
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