“OK, we won a game yesterday. If we win today, that’s called ‘two in a row.’ If we win again tomorrow, it’s called a ‘winning streak.’”
Over the past weekend series, the Baltimore Orioles hosted the Boston Red Sox for three games. This was a series of debuts and great pitching, which culminated in the Oriole offense thriving.
The big story of this series was the O’s No. 10 prospect, Kyle Bradish, making his debut and first major league start. Along with Bradish, infielder Tyler Nevin was also called up to make his 2022 debut.
The trio of starters for the Orioles, Bradish, Spenser Watkins and Jordan Lyles, combined for 17 innings with just five runs allowed, four of which were earned. That’s a pretty good stat line against a powerful offense like the Red Sox.
A few other names shined, including Keegan Akin, who now has a 1.26 ERA across 14.1 innings.
Ryan Mountcastle had a good series, as he hit safely in each game, including his home run in game one, which was the first to beat the new left field wall at Camden Yards.
Without further ado, let’s check out what happened in this series:
As said previously, this game was historic because it marked the debut of Kyle Bradish. He pitched very well in this game, recording a quality start the first time he ever took a big league mound.
Bradish lasted six innings, allowing just three runs, two earned. He struck out two batters and ended his outing retiring 10 straight Red Sox hitters.
The only damage the Red Sox did was in the third inning. With a man on, Christian Arroyo took Bradish deep to take a 2-0 lead. Then, Trey Mancini misplayed a single in right field that eventually got passed him for an error, as another run scored to make it 3-0.
Unfortunately for Bradish and the rest of the pitching staff, the offense offered no help at all. They were being no hit through four innings and scored their only run in the ninth.
Mountcastle clobbered a ball that traveled well over the left field wall. Exciting as it was, it was good for only one run and would be the only run scored for the Orioles.
The Birds lost game one, 3-1.
The Baltimore Battery’s Player of the Game is Kyle Bradish, who pitched extremely well in his debut start but was haunted by no run support.
Again, game two was a pitching duel that resulted in only a few runs for both sides. Spenser Watkins took the mound opposite of Nathan Eovaldi, and if you enjoy pitching, this was the game for you.
The Red Sox jumped up 1-0 in the first with an RBI single. That would be the only Red Sox run in this one.
After that first inning, the pitching was electric. Following Watkins’ 4.2 innings, a collective bullpen of Felix Bautista, Bryan Baker, Joey Krehbiel, Cionel Pérez, Dillon Tate and Jorge López were absolutely shut down. They allowed just two hits combined, and López stumped the Red Sox for a six-out hitless save.
In the eighth, the O’s tied the game with an RBI single by Anthony Santander. His eighth RBI on the year gave the Birds life and eventually led to extra innings.
In the 10th frame, Orioles Magic happened. Or Red Sox failure, whichever you want to call it.
With runners on first and second, Robinson Chirinos laid down an awful bunt. However, Red Sox pitcher Hirokazu Sawamura sailed the throw at third, and Jorge Mateo jogged home to score the winning run.
The Orioles won on a walk-off error to take game two, 2-1.
The Baltimore Battery’s Player of the Game is Jorge López, who appeared in his second straight game and kept the Red Sox hitless for two innings to force extra innings and an eventual win.
On a nasty and rainy day in Baltimore, the Orioles and their bats were beautiful and shining. The pitching also followed suit.
Jordan Lyles took the mound on a day where his bullpen was nearly non-existent due to the usage in game two. He needed to be stretched as far as possible, and he did exactly that.
Lyles gave up just one run across seven hits in six innings. He got himself into a few jams, and as the veteran arm he is, he also got himself out of them. On a cool note, Lyles ended his outing at 899 strikeouts for his career.
The Red Sox jumped out on top in the fifth with a sacrifice fly. This was the only run scored off Lyles, and the Red Sox led, 1-0.
In the bottom of the inning, the O’s would score three and never look back. Tyler Nevin delivered his first RBIs of the season, bringing home two runs on a single. Santander followed that with a sacrifice fly that missed being a grand slam by a matter of feet. Darn, you new left field wall.
In the sixth, Rougned Odor added to the lead. He absolutely obliterated a ball to right-center that extended the O’s lead to 4-1.
This home run was followed by a two-hour rain delay. Once play resumed, the Oriole bats were electric. Still in the sixth, Jorge Mateo doubled in two runs, Santander brought in another two on a single, as did Mountcastle. This six-run inning gave the O’s a 9-1 lead.
Travis Lakins Sr. pitched in a 9-1 game and somehow still put worry in all of the fans. He eventually allowed a grand slam but shut the door shortly after.
The Orioles won game three, 9-5, and won this home series against their division rivals.
The Baltimore Battery’s Player of the Game is Jordan Lyles. His six innings in a game where he needed to pitch at least that long was very helpful. He shut down the Red Sox and left his team in a position to win.
The O’s welcome the Minnesota Twins to town, as a four-game series with Byron Buxton, Carlos Correa and company begins Monday night. Keep an eye out for our Series Preview coming out later this afternoon.
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