The Baltimore Orioles split the four-game series with the Toronto Blue Jays with their second walk-off win of the month.
This was a fitting end to a tough series against the last-place AL East Blue Jays. The Orioles won their two games with dramatic walk-offs and are still holding on to a record above .500. And, the Orioles are still sitting 1.5 games out of the second Wild Card spot.
Good starting pitching
Chris Tillman toed the rubber for this game and performed better than he has in over a month. He pitched four innings and gave up three hits and earned runs. He walked three batters and struck out two. He gave up one home run to Josh Donaldson while two runners were on base.
Tillman hadn’t given up fewer than three or fewer runs in a start since July 22. That start was against the Houston Astros, who earned three runs off of him. That start was also one where he did not walk a batter – which is a rarity in any Tillman start. His ERA is still sky-high at 7.85.
The three-run third inning was the busiest for Blue Jays baserunners. They also scored a run in the seventh off of Darren O’Day, who replaced Richard Bleier. Ryan Goins scored on a single from Michael Saunders. Because Goins reached base off of Bleier, it was added to his ERA, which is still a respectable 2.03.
Second-most home runs in the MLB
The Orioles had several innings with lone runs scored. As is the case with most Orioles games, when they hit home runs, they win. This time the home runs were hit by Welington Castillo and Mark Trumbo. Castillo has 18 after hitting 2 today, and Trumbo has 21. In regards to home runs, the Orioles are in second place in the MLB with 206 long balls on the season. Only the Texas Rangers have more with 208. If the team continues its home run pace, the O’s should be able to be the top home-run hitting team soon.
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The other notable offense came in the form of doubles. In fact, there were five doubles hit by Orioles batters. Chris Davis, Adam Jones, and Trey Mancini each had a double. Jonathan Schoop hit two, which what helped the team get the win in the twelfth.
Another notable stat on the day was the fact that every Orioles batter earned a hit. Schoop and Trumbo went three for six. Castillo went three for five. Davis and Machado both had a hit and they both were walked. Mancini had a sac-fly that scored Schoop in the sixth.
Like the walk-off win on September 1, the Orioles pitching staff performed well, too. Jimmy Yacabonis earned his second win of the month after throwing in the last two innings and not giving up any hits. Zach Britton threw in two innings, also, and did not give up any runs. Brad Brach had a hit-free inning as did Mychal Givens.