O’s dominate in Houston, sweep Astros in 3 games: Series Recap 6/28/21 – 6/30/31

This one ought to be fun! Cedric Mullins and the Baltimore Orioles traveled to Minute Maid Park in Houston and dominated. After being outscored 26-3 in their last meet up a week ago, the Orioles turned around and one-upped the Astros this time around. Literally, the O’s scored 27 in this series!

Great bullpen work and explosive offense carried the Orioles to three convincing wins against the best the A.L. has to offer. Austin Hays has been hotter than fire himself, as he reaches an eight-game hit streak. In these three games, he recorded six hits, two of them being clutch late-inning home runs in games two and three. Across the series, the Orioles hit seven long balls to the Astros’ zero.

Here is a breakdown of what went down in Houston!

Game 1:

Looking to bounce back from his previous start was Thomas Eshelman, pitching against the same team that beat him up last time. He would fare much better, giving up just two runs over 3.2 innings. The Orioles ended up using six relief pitchers in the game.

Ryan Mountcastle kept his electric June going by driving in the first two Oriole runs. He singled home Austin Hays to go up 1-0 in the third, then smashed a go-ahead two-run homer in his next at-bat. His 14th long ball on the year gave the Orioles a 3-2 lead in the fifth.

Ryan McKenna drove in a run on a groundout in the seventh, and the Astros answered in the bottom of that inning to tie the game at four each.

In the top of the ninth, this game was a nail biter. The game was still tied at four, and Cedric Mullins had just reached on a single. Austin Hays came to bat looking to do some damage, and that he did! He sent a ball over the left field fence and gave his team a 6-4 lead!

The Orioles weren’t done there. Pedro Severino doubled in two more runs, then Ramón Urías added an RBI double of his own. The O’s put up five runs in the ninth and went ahead 9-4.

The Astros would get three runs back in the bottom of the ninth but would comeback no further. The Orioles took game one 9-7, and Paul Fry moved to 2-2 with this victory.

The Baltimore Battery’s Player of the Game is Ryan Mountcastle, who went 2-for-3 with a homer and three RBI.

(Photo: @masnOrioles)

Game 2:

Much like that 13-0 game the first time the O’s met the Astros, game two was also an annihilation. However, it was the Orioles’ turn to be on the winning end!

This game started out with Travis Lakins Sr. on the mound, who was forced to exit with an injury after just 1.2 innings and one run allowed. In relief, Adam Plutko, Alex Wells, and Dillon Tate combined for 7.1 innings of work, with only two runs allowed. It was a great performance yet again by the bullpen!

Cedric Mullins got us started early, hitting yet another lead-off home run. This one came off José Urquidy, who gave up more runs in two pitches this game than he did in seven innings in the last series.

Now entering the fifth, the game was tied at one. Austin Hays come through again, singling home two runs and giving the Orioles a 3-1 lead. In the bottom of that inning, the Astros would tie the game off Alex Wells, then score no more.

Mullins made it a 4-3 game with his 22nd double. Then in the eighth, the Orioles put up five runs and blew this one open. Anthony Santander connected for a solo home run, then Maikel Franco brought home two more on a double. To finish the inning, Hays again brought home a run on a single. This barrage of offense put the Birds up 9-3.

For good measure, the Orioles added four more runs in the ninth, when the Astros sent infielder Robel Garcia to the mound. Ramón Urías annihilated a two-run home run, then Austin Wynns sent one out himself. Good thing Tony La Russa wasn’t around!

The Orioles dominated game two and won 13-3. This was the first series win since the first week of June, as Alex Wells earned his first career victory. Congratulations, Alex!

The Baltimore Battery’s Player of the Game is Cedric Mullins, a.k.a. the correct All-Star starting center fielder. Mullins went 4-for-5, which included two RBI and his lead-off home run.

(Photo: @masnOrioles)

Game 3:

This game wasn’t quite as much of an offensive barrage as the last; however, it was still a great win!

Matt Harvey took the mound and continued to find his stride a little bit at a time. Against a great lineup, he allowed just two runs across 4.1 innings. Out of the bullpen, Tanner Scott, Paul Fry, and Cole Sulser delivered 4.2 scoreless innings, keeping the Orioles ahead in this close game.

The O’s got a chunk of their runs in the first, when they put up four before two outs were even made. A couple of walks set up Ryan Mountcastle’s RBI double that scored two. This was followed by an RBI single off the bat of Maikel Franco and a sac fly by Pedro Severino. Once the first inning finally ended, the Orioles were up 4-0.

Now in the eighth, the Orioles were only up 4-2. Austin Hays decided he didn’t like that score, and he went yard again! This solo blast put the Orioles up 5-2 and extended his hit streak to eight games.

The Orioles held on for the sweep by winning game three 5-2. Tanner Scott earned the win and moved to 3-3 on the year.

The Baltimore Battery’s Player of the Game is the trio of bullpen arms; Scott, Fry, and Sulser. The three combined for just one hit and no runs in a two-score game that allowed the offense to do just enough to take this one.

(Photo: @masnOrioles)

The Orioles finally have a day off before heading to Los Angeles to take on Shohei Ohtani and the Angels this weekend.

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