Following two straight rain delays, the Orioles and Royals finally got to play their three-game series. Instead, they played a doubleheader Sunday, followed by a Monday afternoon game.
Both teams each won one of the doubleheader games, then the Orioles exploded for a six-run inning in game three to eventually take the series.
All three Oriole starters recorded quality outings, with both Bruce Zimmermann and Tyler Wells picking up victories. This was Wells’ first win as a starting pitcher.
Let’s not waste anytime! Here is what happened in this series:
The first game of this series was a hard fought matchup that truly should have been a win for the Orioles. However, that is how baseball works sometimes.
Jordan Lyles got the start for the Orioles and, yet again, proved why he was such a good pick-up for the Orioles. He lasted 7.1 innings, giving up four runs, only two of which were earned.
The O’s jumped ahead in the second with a ground-rule double by Cedric Mullins. He blasted this ball with two outs in a 3-2 count to put the Orioles up 1-0. Also, what a snag by Mom in the front row!
The Royals answered back with a run in the third, then followed with an unearned and earned run in the fifth. This put the Royals up for the first time, 3-1.
Now in the bottom of the fifth, Ryan Mountcastle fell victim to the new wall, as he clobbered a ball that bounced off the very top of the wall, which was reviewed and upheld as a double. It did score a run, however, and the Birds cut the deficit to 3-2.
Later in the seventh, Rougned Odor added the third double of the game. This one scored two runs and gave the Orioles a 4-3 lead.
With the game tied 4-4 in the ninth, things got away a little bit. Both Jorge López and Cionel Pérez looked off, and they each gave up one run. This put the Royals ahead 6-4, and the Orioles failed to climb back.
The Baltimore Battery’s Player of the Game, as voted by our followers on Twitter, is Austin Hays! Hays has been ON FIRE as of late, and game one was no different. He went 4-for-4 with a walk and two runs scored, good for his second career four-hit game.
Bruce Zimmermann is quickly becoming the ace of this Orioles staff. Game two of this series was just another reason why.
Zimmermann tossed another six-inning quality start, allowing just two runs on five hits. He also struck out five.
This game started hot for the Orioles, who put up three runs in the first. A bases loaded passed ball scored the first run, then Mountcastle added an RBI single later in the at-bat. That was then followed by a sac fly off the bat of Ramón Urías to take a 3-0 lead.
Now in the fifth, the score was 3-1. Tyler Nevin added to the lead with an RBI single of his own, good for one run. This put the Birds up, 4-1.
Zimmermann gave up his second run in the sixth to make it a 4-2 ballgame. Zimm then gave way to the bullpen, which was lights out. Keegan Akin and Dillon Tate combined for three innings, allowing no runs and just two base runners all together.
The Birds held on for the 4-2 victory and took the second game of the doubleheader.
The Baltimore Battery’s Player of the Game, as voted by our followers on Twitter, is Bruce Zimmermann! Zimm collected his second win on the season in his fantastic six-inning start. He kept his team in a very winnable position and continued to get better with each outing.
This game was a lot of fun.
Tyler Wells tossed the best outing of his career, which was also his longest outing of his career. This time, it lasted six innings, in which he gave up just one run. He also only threw 75 pitches, with 54 for strikes. Efficiency!
The only run allowed by Wells, and the Orioles in general, came in the first on a single from Ryan O’Hearn.
The pitching as whole was electric all day, and then the fifth inning came. This is when the fun really started!
The Orioles batted around and scored a total of six runs. Once the hits started, they wouldn’t stop!
Jorge Mateo started it off with an RBI single, then followed that with a stolen base. This forced a bad throw to second, which led to the O’s second run.
Trey Mancini singled in Mateo, and that was followed by a wild pitch that scored the Orioles’ fourth run. Mountcastle then capped it off with a two-RBI single, and the Orioles led, 6-1.
What an inning!
The bullpen, again, was shut down, especially Felix Bautista. He hit 100 mph on his fastball and even 101 mph once, which was good for two strikeouts in his one inning of work.
The Orioles won game three, 6-1, and won this series two games to three!
The Baltimore Battery’s Player of the Game, as voted by our followers on Twitter, is Tyler Wells! Wells continued to improve, as he recorded his best outing to date. He stumped the Royals’ lineup and finally got that first victory as a starter.
The O’s are off to St. Louis, Missouri, to take on Albert Pujols, Yadier Molina and the rest of the Cardinals for a three-game set. We will have our Series Preview for the series out tomorrow afternoon.
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