Orioles sweep Nats: Take MASN Cup

Sometimes the best cure to turn fortunes around is to beat up on a weaker opponent.  

Fortunately for the Baltimore Orioles, the Washington Nationals came at the right time on the schedule. 

The O’s, who are fighting to remain in the postseason chase in the American League, took the two-game series to remain in the hunt. With the Rays losing, the Birds are four games behind the third and final AL Wild Card spot.  

The Orioles used come-from-behind offense to win both games, while utilizing strong bullpen pitching to allow the offense to wake up. 

Game one saw Dean Kremer (7-5) labor through five innings. He would pick up the win, allowing three earned runs, but it was the bullpen that gets credit for stopping the Nationals. 

While the bullpen kept the Nationals from scoring, or hitting for that matter, the rest of the game, Ryan Mountcastle would homer off his best friend and former Oriole Hunter Harvey. Austin Hays and Gunner Henderson both collected RBIs that helped drive the team to a 4-3 victory.

Game two saw Tyler Wells start the game, and though he gave up only two hits, they would result in two-runs in his four innings of work. Once again, the bullpen followed with another lockdown performance, keeping the Nats from mustering any offense the rest of the way.

This game was the Gunnar Henderson show, as the 21-year-old phenom collected two hits, a double and triple, while knocking in four runs. Henderson is now hitting .320 since joining the Orioles and has a .370 OBP.

Jorge Mateo would get in on the action with a solo homer, as the O’s would score four runs in the seventh to cap off a 6-2 win, sweeping this brief series at Camden Yards South.

The Baltimore Battery ❌-FACTOR heading into the series was the O’s bullpen, specifically Dillon Tate, Cionel Pérez and Félix Bautista.

For the series, the bullpen would pitch a combined nine innings, allowing just two hits, three walks, while striking out seven with no runs allowed.

Tate, Pérez and Bautista combined for five innings, with one hit, one walk, five strikeouts, three holds and a save. They simply got the job done.

The O’s bullpen as a whole is currently sixth in baseball with a 3.23 ERA, eighth in earned runs allowed (201) and tied for ninth with 41 saves.

The Orioles will have Thursday off, as they travel to Canada for a three-game series with the Toronto Blue Jays. Baltimore is currently four games back in the AL Wild Card standings, making this series one of the most important as the season winds down.

But until then, the Orioles took care of business in this set and put two curly W’s in the win column.

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