The Orioles played the Royals in a four-game series and played to a split in one of the most interesting series of the year.
In the beginning, we at The Baltimore Battery had outlined some key ❌-Factors that could drive them to a series split or victory. One of those big keys was keeping Salvador Perez from being the deciding factor. He did manage to hit one home run during the series, but for the most part, he remained quiet.
We also mentioned getting production from the bottom of our lineup. During the series the six through nine hitters went a combined 14-for-47 (.298) with five RBI. This was an integral part to victories in the middle games that helped the Orioles the most.
Though the Orioles ended up splitting the series, they played one of the most exciting games of the year and set a Major League record as well.
Let’s get to the record first, where the Orioles became the first team in MLB history to have two rookies debut out of the bullpen and get their first victory in back-to-back games.
Newly called-up top-10 Oriole prospect Mike Baumann pitched 3.2 innings in Tuesday’s 7-3 victory over the Royals. Allowing just two hits, one unearned run and picking up his first Major League strikeout, Baumann gave Orioles fans one of the late season bright spots.
Not to be out-done, was a classic dream story come true. After 14 years, four teams and back-and-forth between the Mexican League, Manny Barreda, one month shy of his 33rd birthday, made his Major League debut in a cleanup roll, with the Orioles down 5-0.
Barreda became the 58th player used by the Orioles this season, tying the 2019 club record. Little did he, nor the 4,000+ fans, expect to come away with a 9-8 victory that left the Charm City and the baseball world stunned.
Led by some timely hitting, a few lapses in judgement and and gutsy 3-2 take for a walk, the Orioles plated nine runs in the bottom of the eighth inning, capped off by a Ryan Mountcastle two-run home run.
For the series, Cedric Mullins is the Baltimore Battery Player of the Series. Being the difference maker he is, Mullins collected three extra base hits, two of them home runs, giving him 27 on the season. Mullins also collected three walks, two RBI and scored five runs across the series.
Since ending their 19-game losing streak, the Orioles are 7-8 and have won four of their last six. Sitting at 45 wins, the Orioles welcome the Toronto Blue Jays to town for a four-game series (doubleheader on Saturday).
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