Looking to start this road trip on a high note, the Orioles came to Kansas City to take on the Royals, who were in the midst of their hottest four-game stretch of the year.
The Royals and their bats bested the Birds in the first two games, while the O’s played some fantastic ball to win the last two.
In both of the losses for the Orioles, the starting pitching simply wasn’t up to par. Jordan Lyles was shelled for six runs in five innings in game one. Four runs came in the third inning alone, and Lyles completed just those five innings on 96 pitches.
Likewise, in game two, Bruce Zimmermann was simply awful. His 10-hit day resulted in seven runs, five of which came via the long ball.
On the positive side, the Orioles played really well outside of those two starts, and the offense’s total disappearance in game two.
The Birds hit five home runs in this series and went 12-for-39 with RISP (.308). Anthony Santander led the power parade with two home runs of his own, with the latter traveling a whopping 455 feet into the waterfall in center field.
Adley Rutschman found his groove in this series as well. In game three, the rookie went 3-for-4 with two doubles and a single. Every ball he hit was hit extremely hard, even his lineout in his first at-bat, which traveled over 100 mph off the bat. In game two, Rutschman recorded one of only two hits off Royals starter, Daniel Lynch.
Ryan Mountcastle also showed out, as he hit a monster home run of his own in game four. He also hit safely in three of the four games.
To no surprise, Austin Hays continued mashing. He had six hits in these four games, with three in game four alone. He also notched another four RBIs to bring his season total to 34.
A pleasant surprise in the series was Richie Martin. Martin had his contract selected from Triple-A Norfolk in the wake of Ramón Urías’ injury. In game four, Martin showed fans what he had been doing all year at Norfolk.
Martin became just the fourth Oriole to triple twice in one game, the first since 2020. He accomplished this in game four, and even better, each triple came against a different pitcher.
Tyler Nevin and Rougned Odor hit the other two Oriole home runs in this series.
On the mound, the arms were great outside of game one and two’s starts. Tyler Wells pitched fantastic in game three, going six innings to pick up his third victory. Dean Kremer also pitched very well, giving up just two runs on five hits in his second start of the year.
Out of the pen, Félix Bautista was again a sight to be seen. He tossed 1.1 innings between games three and four, allowing just one hit. Cionel Pérez and Jorge López each earned a save in their games three and four efforts.
After this series, the Orioles sit at 26-35, with their next action coming against the Blue Jays in Toronto. That four-game series begins Monday at 7:07 p.m. EST.
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