Baltimore Orioles get the walk-off win in 12 over Oakland Athletics
After a disappointing loss to the Athletics on Tuesday night, the Baltimore Orioles redeemed themselves with a walk-off win after 12 long innings.
Like their other recent wins, the Baltimore Orioles hit multiple home runs against the AL West team.
Fortunately, Manny Machado came through with the winning walk-off home run after 12 long innings.
Along with the team getting the win, there was one other item of good news: Ryan Flaherty made his first start since May 18. He started in right field and scored one run. Eventually, he was replaced by Craig Gentry who then replaced by Seth Smith.
Starting pitching performed well
Dylan Bundy pitched a gem against Daniel Gossett. Bundy’s final line after pitching six innings was seven hit, three earned runs, and eight strikeouts. He did not walk any batters. He did pitch into the seventh inning, but could not record an out and was replaced by Mychal Givens.
Lots of home runs from the Orioles
Trey Mancini found his power again and got the scoring started with a three-run homer in the fourth inning. He earned RBIs from Jonathan Schoop and Adam Jones who both reached the bases on singles. Welington Castillo earned his first RBI of the afternoon after a single scored Mark Trumbo. Unfortunately, Castillo was thrown out at home on a Tim Beckham single. Mancini now has 22 home runs this season.
But, Castillo wasn’t done. He knocked in a two-run homer with Trey Mancini on base. That was Castillo’s 14th home run.
The Orioles ended the sixth inning with what appeared to be a safe 6-1 lead. But, in a pair of runs by the Athletics in the seventh and eighth innings brought the game to within one. Then, Chris Davis found his power, too. He gave the Orioles a two-run lead going into the ninth.
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Britton ended his streak
Then, Zach Britton blew the save and his streak. He gave up two runs to tie the game. The Athletics were not going to go down without a fight. In the ninth, a single, double, single, and sac fly tied the game. Britton then gave up a walk to Khris Davis. After proving that he did not have his stuff, Buck Showalter pulled Britton and replaced him with Miguel Castro.
Castro earned the win after he finished the ninth inning. He recorded a final line of 3.2 innings pitched, two hits, no runs, and three strikeouts. His opponent, Simon Castro, was credited with the loss.
Another walk-off for Machado
While the game had plenty of exciting moments, none were better than the final hit of the game. In another dramatic moment that will go down in history, Manny Machado finished the game with a walk-off home run – his 28th home run of the year. He led off the inning and with a one-and-one count, he hit the ball to left center field.
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The rest was history. It was an unusual game where the starting pitching performed better than the bullpen. Hopefully, the Orioles will get everything balanced out as they enjoy the day off on Thursday. They head off to Boston to face the Red Sox for the Players’ Weekend events.