Once again, I grace your phone, laptop, or any other smart device screen to tell you all that the Orioles have been swept again. This time, it was to the bats of the Boston Red Sox.
Losers of their last 11, the Orioles have still only won a single game in the month of August. This latest series with the Red Sox was more of the same.
The Red Sox out scored the Orioles 30 to 5 in this three-game series. From top to bottom, the O’s had no chance in any of these games. The three starters for the Birds lasted just 11.1 innings combined, while giving up 16 runs in that span. In all three games, the Orioles trailed by the time the second inning ended. Surprisingly, Keegan Akin tossed the best start of the three, allowing three runs in four innings.
The bullpen was really no better, as they gave up just one less run than the starters in this series. Adam Plutko’s seven-run outing in game two promoted his designation for assignment that came the morning after.
His replacement, Fernando Abad, did no better, as he allowed three runs in just a third of an inning. To be fair, this is Abad’s first appearance in the majors in 2021, after being signed as a veteran free agent this past season. But, it was still a bad outing. Pun definitely intended.
Marcos Diplán continued to prove that he deserves a spot on this roster. He tossed another no-hit inning in game three, making that 6.1 innings in the majors without allowing a single hit.
However, there were some positives in this series. Leading up to this series, Trey Mancini was 6-for-36 in the month of August and hadn’t hit a home run since July 28. In game two, Mancini sent one out against Chris Sale in his long awaited debut. Historically, Mancini tees off against Sale; he also had a hit in game three, so hopefully he heats back up.
Pedro Severino’s bat came alive in Boston, as he recorded multi-hit games in the first two of this series. Due to a lack of offense all around in this series, there isn’t much else to speak of, besides that there were back-to-back home runs off Sale by Mancini and Austin Hays.
Let’s check out the scores of these games from Fenway:
Game 1: Red Sox 8, Orioles 1
- Loss: Spenser Watkins (2-4)
- Richie Martin: Solo HR in the 3rd (1)
The Baltimore Battery’s Player of the Game is Richie Martin. Martin provided the only run in this game with his first home run on the year.
Game 2: Red Sox 16, Orioles 2
- Loss: Jorge López (3-13)
- Austin Hays: Solo home run in 3rd (13)
- Trey Mancini: Solo home run in 3rd (20)
The Baltimore Battery’s Player of the Game is Pedro Severino. For the second straight game, Severino had two hits and provided a chunk of the O’s offense, not including the back-to-back home runs.
Game 3: Red Sox 6, Orioles 2
- Loss: Keegan Akin (0-7)
- Jorge Mateo: 2-for-4, RBI
- Marcos Diplan: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 ER
The Baltimore Battery’s Player of the Game is Jorge Mateo. Mateo’s bat came alive for two hits, including an RBI single.
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