Baltimore Orioles demolish the Red Sox in first game of the series
In what was one of the most satisfying Baltimore Orioles games of the season, the team completely demolished the Boston Red Sox.
By the time the Baltimore Orioles were finished at Fenway Park on Friday night, the score was 16-3.
Jeremy Hellickson outpitched the Cy-Young-winning Rick Porcello who gave up 11 runs in 4.2 innings. Hellickson pitched seven innings with a final line of four hits, three runs, two earned runs, and two strike outs. One of the runs was a home run. Richard Bleier pitched in the eighth and Mike Wright pitched in the ninth. Both men gave up one hit each and did not allow the Red Sox to score any runs. The win was credited to Hellickson and rightfully so.
The Orioles racked up 20 hits against the AL East leaders. They were led by the trio of 25-year-olds as Manny Machado, Jonathan Schoop, and Trey Mancini combined to get 10 of the hits against the Red Sox. Chris Davis, Adam Jones, Welington Castillo and Mark Trumbo all recorded two hits each. The remaining two came from Tim Beckham and Seth Smith at the top and bottom of the lineup.
Interestingly, none of the 25-year-olds hit a home run against the Red Sox. But, the two veterans, Davis and Trumbo did and both were credited to Porcello. With those home runs, the Orioles now have six players with 20 or more home runs on the season. Machado currently leads the team with 28 dingers with Schoop right behind him with 27.
Adding to the joy of the big win, the Yankees also lost, so their stronghold on the top Wild Cards spot fell by one game. The Orioles are 3.0 games back from the second spot.
Mancini’s bat gets busy
Another highlight from this game came from Trey Mancini. His bat had been relatively quiet in August, but in the last few games, the rookie’s bat has come back to life. In the final game against the Athletics on August 24, he hit a home run and earned his first RBIs since August 14. At Fenway, Mancini went three for five and recorded four RBIs.
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Machado, wearing his Mr. Miami moniker, continued his 13-game on-base streak. The last game he did not get on base was August 10 against the Athletics in Oakland. After his walk-off home run against the Athletics Wednesday, it was great to see that he could continue his streak, even if it involved a trio of singles.
With this win against the Red Sox, the Orioles also broke their streak of not being able to string together two wins in a row. The last time they won two games in a row was August 5 through the 7 when they won two against the Detroit Tigers then took off to Los Angeles and defeated the Angels.
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However, this O’s will break another one of their August streaks. They’ve been winning the first game in the series then losing the second. Saturday’s game starts at 4:05 as Kevin Gausman faces Eduardo Rodriguez. Neither pitcher has been able to find consistency on the mound, so the O’s could have a good opportunity to get a second win against their northern rivals.