The Baltimore Orioles welcomed in Carlos Correa and company for a ffour-game set full of boo’s and blasts. This series ended in a two-game a piece split, with plenty of firepower from both sides.
The Orioles offense came alive in the last two games to accompany a pitching staff that was fantastic all series long. The bats collected seven home runs, five alone coming in game four.
Things heated up between the two clubs in game four in what could possibly be something that carries over to the next matchup. Carlos Correa was hit by a pitch twice in this game, the second resulting in what may be a fractured finger.
Later in the game, Cedric Mullins was hit in the elbow by a fastball that looked every bit like the elbow was the main location.
To top this drama off in grand fashion, Austin Hays mocked Carlos Correa’s “it’s time” home run celebration after his eighth inning blast over the left field wall.
Let’s not waste anymore time. Here is what went down in this long series:
Coming into this series, it was known pitching would be a big part of these games. That was the most true in game one. Tyler Wells faced off against Chris Paddack, and both team’s staffs as a whole shined.
Wells pitched a good outing, lasting five innings and allowing just one run on four hits. He also struck out four and needed just 13 pitches to get through the first two innings. Out of 62 pitches in this start, 46 were for strikes.
The scoring didn’t start until the fifth inning, and it was the Twins who crossed the plate first. Catcher Ryan Jeffers brought home Wells’ only earned run on a single to give the Twins a 1-0 lead.
The O’s answered back in the bottom of the inning by way of a sacrifice fly from Ramón Urías. Urías’ pop fly brought in Rougned Odor, and the game was tied at one.
The Twins brought in the only other run of this game in the sixth. Following a roar of boo’s, much like before every at-bat of his, Correa singled home the Twins’ second run to take a 2-1 lead.
Besides Bryan Bakers’ losing effort, the rest of the bullpen was shutdown, as was the Twins’. The Orioles lost game one, 2-1.
The Baltimore Battery’s Player of the Game is Tyler Wells. Wells did everything he needed to do to keep his team in this game, and he did it against another very good offense.
Game two played out a little different than game one, although the start was about the same. Both starters pitched well, although Bruce Zimmermann didn’t get the help from his bullpen the way Joe Ryan did.
This may have been Zimmermann’s shakiest start this year, and it was still just a two-run outing that lasted five innings.
The first of Zimmermann’s runs came in the fourth. Twins third baseman Jose Miranda delivered his first major league hit and RBI with a double. This put the O’s down, 1-0.
The Birds quickly tied the game in the bottom of the fourth. Correa felt the pressure and botched a routine ground ball by Tyler Nevin. Austin Hays scored on the play and tied the game at one.
Each team exchanged runs again in the fifth. Jorge Polanco singled home a run for the Twins, then Trey Mancini singled home a run for the Orioles. After five frames, it was tied, 2-2.
In the sixth, Bryan Baker came in to pitch. He let on two base runners before giving up a three-run blast by Ryan Jeffers. This put the O’s down, 5-2.
Keegan Akin gave up two more in the ninth, and the Orioles failed to come back. This game was lost, 7-2.
The Baltimore Battery’s Player of the Game is Trey Mancini. Trey had a multi-hit game, going 2-for-4, while also delivering the only hit with runners in scoring position.
Game three is when things started getting fun. First off, Kyle Bradish and Dylan Bundy was the pitching matchup, a battle of two guys who were traded for each other.
Secondly, Bundy felt right at home at Camden Yards, as he gave up two home runs and allowed a total of nine runs. His outing only lasted 3.2 innings.
In the third, the Orioles exploded for six runs. It got started with a two-run blast by Cedric Mullins. Hays and Odor each followed with RBI singles, then Urías hit the second two-run home run of the inning. After all this, the Orioles led, 6-0.
The Twins would get four runs back off Bradish in the top of the fourth. Two runs came on a Correa home run, then the other two came by way of a single and a sacrifice fly. Just a little rough inning for Bradish, however, the Orioles still led, 6-4.
The Birds added three more in the bottom of that inning, and that would prove to be enough. Anthony Santander singled home a run, Hays brought one in on a sacrifice fly and then Mountcastle scored the third on a double. This gave the O’s a 9-4 lead.
Cionel Pérez and Dillon Tate tossed two scoreless innings each, and Jorge López shut the door in the ninth. The O’s took game three, 9-4.
The Baltimore Battery’s Player of the Game is Cedric Mullins. Mullins went 2-for-5 with his two-run home run and a double. He also scored two runs.
In game four, things got even more interesting.
Spenser Watkins continued to impress, going 4.2 innings with three runs allowed. Fortunately, the offense gave him enough run support to to help his case.
The O’s went up 1-0 in the second with the first of their five home runs. Mountcastle took Chris Archer deep and was the first to wear the home run chain in this one.
The Twins tied it up on a bizarre play in the third. A ground ball fielder’s choice scored one run. Then, a wild throw to first by Odor resulted in a throw to the plate by Mountcastle to deny a second run from scoring.
Mullins took the lead back in the third with his second long ball of the series. This one was a bomb, and it gave the O’s a 2-1 lead.
In the fourth, the Twins had a chance to tie the game. Gary Sánchez doubled down the third base line. Hays fielded the ball very deep down the line, and in miraculous fashion, overthrew both cut off men in the midst of a perfect throw to snag the runner out at home.
The Twins went up 3-2 in the fifth, and it would be their only lead of the night. Byron Buxton belted a ball to left center, and the O’s trailed.
Jorge Mateo wasted no time tying this one up by hitting his first home run of the year in the bottom of the inning. This made it a 3-3 game.
The bottom of the eighth saw two more home runs for the Orioles. Hays was the first, and his long ball was crushed over the left field wall. It was finished with the mocking of Correa’s “it’s time” celebration.
Mountcastle then crushed his second of the day, and this put the Birds on top, 5-3.
López recorded his second save in a row, as the Orioles won game four, 5-3.
The Baltimore Battery’s Player of the Game is Austin Hays. Hays went 2-for-4 with the go-ahead home run in the eighth. He also had one of the prettiest run-denying outfield assists you’ll see.
The O’s wrap up their homestand with a three-game series against the Kansas City Royals beginning Friday night. Keep an eye out for our Series Preview coming out later today.
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