Over the last four days, the Baltimore Orioles fought neck and neck with the very talented Toronto Blue Jays. Despite a game one meltdown, the Birds evenly matched the Blue Jays in all aspects.
This was a very even series split, where each team had one dominating win and one tough one-run win. On the flip side, each had a blowout loss and a heartbreaker.
To spice things up, this series featured a few unvaccinated players unable to travel, a highly awaited debut and a showdown with a finalist face.
In this series, the Orioles got two good starts and two poor starts. The poor starts came from the arms of Kyle Bradish and Bruce Zimmermann.
Bradish was shelled for five runs on nine hits in his outing. This came in the 11-1 loss in game one.
In game three, Zimmermann tossed another doozy, giving up three more home runs. The Blue Jays scored six in total off Zimmermann, who was then sent back down to Triple-A Norfolk after this game.
The good starts came from Jordan Lyles and Tyler Wells. Lyles looked like his early season self with a four-run outing that lasted 5.1 innings. He had enough help from his offense and picked up his fourth win.
Tyler Wells was fantastic in his game four start. He notched six innings for the second straight start, only allowing one run off five hits. Wells truly showed why he is a budding star in this game.
Out of the bullpen, the Orioles had a lot of great work. Jorge López shined once again in his two outings. He totaled 2.2 innings, giving up zero hits and striking out three. This included his electric five-out save in game two, which was helped by some incredible defense.
Rico Garcia, who was recently called up from Norfolk before this series, delivered a quality three innings in his first two major league appearances. He allowed just one run, a solo home run, in those three frames.
Offensively, the Orioles were on fire in the last three games.
Ryan Mountcastle had maybe the best four-game stretch of his career to date and reminded everyone that he owns the Blue Jays. Mountcastle went 8-for-18 with three home runs, two doubles, and six RBIs. His first of two home runs in game two hit off the wall of the third deck of Rogers Centre.
In his career against the Blue Jays, Mountcastle is hitting .371 with a 1.013 OPS, tallying 12 home runs, 40 hits and 23 RBIs.
Speaking of home runs, a rookie named Adley Rutschman hit his first in this series. His two-run blast came in game two and traveled a whopping 411 feet.
Austin Hays joined the long ball parade with two of his own. One of them gave the O’s the lead in game two, a lead they would not let go of on the way to their 6-5 nail-biting victory.
In game four, the Orioles were greeted by a familiar face on the mound in blue, Kevin Gausman. Similar to a lot of his time with the Orioles, he let up a bunch of hits and a bunch of runs. The O’s got their old friend for five runs on seven hits in just 2.1 innings.
In regards to long-awaited debuts, Kyle Stowers finally made his. In his first major league game, the young outfielder doubled, scoring Rutschman from first for his first major league hit and RBI.
Not to mention, how sweet is it to finally say, “Stowers scoring Rutschman on a RBI double?!”
Overall, the Orioles played some very good baseball against a very good team. The Birds come out of this series with a record of 28-37. The 2021 Orioles were 28-62.
The Birds see their next action against the Tampa Bay Rays from Oriole Park at Camden Yards. This three-game set starts Friday night at 6:05 p.m. EST.
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