Orioles Winning from West to East

Timothy Earl September 16, 2023 Comments Off on Orioles Winning from West to East

The Baltimore Orioles won their series against the Arizona Diamondbacks for the first time ever in Phoenix at Chase Field.

Then they moved on to Los Angeles and swept the Angels.

After that they flew back East to take two of three from the Boston Red Sox. They finished the road trip with a 7-2 record including a seven-game winning streak.

They finished the road trip with a (90-52) record best in the AL and second best in MLB. For the season they have beaten every team in MLB.

They lost the first game with Arizona 4-2 as their starter Cole Irvin gave up two two-run homers in the first and sixth innings and the Birds never recovered.

Before 34,118 fans they won the second game with Arizona 7-3. It was another win for the Comeback Kids.

Trailing 2-0 in the fourth inning, they put together a season-best seven straight hits which produced a 6-2 lead. The big blow was a Cedric Mullins three-run homer, his 13th of the year.

Two straight doubles led to two more runs and an Adley Rutschman single scored James McCann and the Birds offense was off and flying.

Rutschman homered (17) in the seventh inning making the score, 7-2.

It was a homecoming for Orioles’ starter Kyle Bradish who grew up in Arizona. He struck out six and allowed four hits and two runs while walking three in six innings of work. He improved to (10-6) and has a team-leading 3.03 ERA. He threw 107 pitches, 66 for strikes.

The Bullpen struck out five and allowed one run closing out the game with a victory.

Baltimore also took game three with Arizona 8-5 before 24,284 fans in a 78-degree closed-roof stadium.

With the score tied 4-4 they put together five hits in the sixth inning leading to four runs. An infield single by Mullins scored Ryan O’Hearn and a Jordan Westburg double plated two more runs. A Rutschman double brought home two more runs and the rally, similar to the one in the second game gave Baltimore an 8-4 lead.

Five of the runs came against Arizona ace Zac Gallen who started the All-Star Game for the National League. For the season he is (14-7) with a 3.48 ERA.

Orioles starter Jack Flaherty struck out seven and allowed six hits, four runs while walking one in 4.2 innings of work. The Bullpen covered the rest of the innings and Yennier Cano came in in the ninth inning and after giving up a home run settled down and recorded the final out of the game.

The Birds won the first game of the Angels series 6-3 before 29,214 fans at Angel Stadium.

With a 3-2 lead in the seventh inning Gunnar Henderson hit a three-run homer to add some insurance runs and give his team a 6-2 lead. For the season he is hitting .254 with 23 home runs and 70 RBI.

Reliever DL Hall came in and gave up a homer but then retired the side in the eighth inning. Cano came on in the ninth inning and earned his sixth save of the season. He has a 1.65 ERA and 58 strikeouts for the season.

Baltimore starter Grayson Rodriguez struck out seven and allowed seven hits, two runs and two walks in six innings of work. He improved to (5-3) with a 4.91 ERA. He threw 90 pitches, 61 for strikes. He has 110 strikeouts for the season.

The middle game of the Los Angeles series ended in a 10th-inning 5-4 Baltimore win.

Trailing 3-2 in the eighth inning the Comeback Kids staged another rally. A pair of Ryans, O’Hearn and Mountcastle had ninth inning RBIs and after the Angels tied the score at 4-4 rookie Westburg drove in the winning run in the 10th-inning.

Seven relievers were needed to complete the game and Shintaro Fujinami earned his second save.

Starter Dean Kremer struck out five, allowed four hits and walked three in 4.2 innings of work. He threw 92 pitches, 59 for strikes. He has a 4.07 ERA.

The sweep was complete with Baltimore’s 10-3 series finale win.

Austin Hays went 4-4 including his 34th double and 14th homer of the season. Anthony Santander went 3-4 including three RBI (82) and his team-leading 27th home run.

Starter Kyle Gibson picked up the win (14-8). He surrendered six hits three runs while striking out three and walking two in six innings of work. His ERA is 5.12. He tossed 87 pitches, 54 for strikes.

Baltimore then flew back East and won the first game at Fenway Park before a crowd of 33, 852 on an 82-degree night, 11-2.

Ahead 5-2 in the sixth inning they scored two in the eighth and four in the ninth inning to secure the win.

Starter Bradish mowed down the Red Sox batters striking out nine and allowing only four hits and two runs in six innings of work. He threw 86 pitches, 56 for strikes and improved to (11-6) with a 3.03 ERA.

Rutschman went 2-4 with three RBI including his eighth inning 18th homer of the season.

Henderson went three for six with his seventh triple of the season and one RBI.

Aaron Hicks, back in the lineup after a stint on the IL went 2-2 with two RBI.

Cedric Mullins went 1-4 and his double in the sixth inning drove in two giving Baltimore a 3-0 lead.

Baltimore won the middle game of the Boston series with a football-like score of 13-12.

With the O’s ahead 12-6 in the seventh inning thanks to a Henderson three-run homer the game suddenly got interesting.

Boston plated three in the bottom of the inning making the score 12-9. Thankfully the Birds scored

one in the ninth innings because they would need it. Boston scored three more runs in the ninth making the score 13-12.

With the tying run on third Cano, one of six relievers to play in the game, induced a flyout to left fielder Hays who raised his arms in victory recording the final out of the slugfest.

Baltimore hit five home runs including two by McCann and one by Hicks (8) Henderson (24) and Westburg (3).

The offense was consistent, scoring in six of the nine inning and held on for the win.

They has a seven-game winning streak snapped as Boston won the series finale, 7-3.

With Baltimore ahead 3-0 in the second inning the Red Sox scored two in the third and fourth innings and three in the sixth and Baltimore was never able to rally.

They now fly home and face the St. Louis Cardinals and their AL East foe the Tampa Bay Rays in the most important series of the season. This series could decide who wins the AL East Division in 2023.

Baltimore has a slim three game lead over the Rays and hopefully it will be more after this exciting homestand concludes.