Baltimore Orioles Daily: Pitching thrives on the road as Birds sweep Mets
By Sam Belden
The Baltimore Orioles struggled at the plate, but they pitched well enough to complete a road sweep of the New York Mets.
The Baltimore Orioles have struggled mightily on the road this year, but they looked like a different team in their two-game series at Citi Field. The Birds outscored the Mets 3-1 over the 18 innings, good enough for a pair of wins.
Coming off of back-to-back days off, the Birds pitching staff was clearly energized. Alex Cobb gave up the only run in the first game, while Dylan Bundy threw seven scoreless innings to set up the shutout in the second. The bullpen was anchored by Brad Brach and Richard Bleier, both of whom appeared in both games.
It’s not all sunshine and rainbows in Birdland — the offense remains in dire straits — but for two games, the Orioles got what they needed to dominate. They’ll try to keep it going in their next series against the Toronto Blue Jays, set to start tonight at 7:07 p.m. ET. Until then, here’s what you might have missed yesterday.
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