Baltimore Orioles: Orioles Beat Up Verlander and Osuna In Shocking Win
The Baltimore Orioles wasted Asher Wojciechowski’s quality start but still found a way to pick up a victory over the Houston Astros Sunday.
It has been a long week for the Baltimore Orioles. The week began by getting swept in embarrassing fashion by the New York Yankees who finished the season 10-0 at Camden Yards. Then they dropped the first two games of their weekend series with the Houston Astros and lost Saturday 23-2.
With Astros ace, Justin Verlander scheduled to take the ball Sunday and a trip to the Bronx to take on the first place Yankees looming it appeared dark times would be getting darker.
Instead, Baltimore did what many would consider unthinkable. They frustrated Verlander more than anyone has in 2019. The Orioles pushed four runs across off the Houston ace tying his highest earned runs total of the season. Baltimore also manufactured nine hits, the most anyone has hit off Verlander this season and fouled off an incredible 25 of Verlander’s 109 pitches as they made getting outs extremely difficult.
As the Orioles got to Verlander, Asher Wojciechowski was able to get back on track after a rough stretch. The 30-year-old Wojciechowski out-pitched the future hall of famer, Verlander, as he tossed six innings of three-run ball with his only big mistake coming in the form of a three-run home run by Carlos Correra in the second inning.
With a 5-4 lead entering the ninth inning Mychal Givens took the ball hoping to end the Orioles five-game losing streak. Then, the dark cloud around the 2019 Baltimore Orioles reappeared. With two on and nobody out Givens served up a two-run triple to Micheal Brantley and a painful error by Anthony Santander allowed him to score on the play as Houston took a 7-5 lead.
It appeared it would again be another day to forget for the Orioles, but on this day Baltimore would not be denied. With former all-star closer Roberto Osuna on the mound the Orioles rallied. The red-hot Jace Peterson ripped a lead-off double and later scored on a Chris Davis sacrifice fly to cut the Houston lead to 7-6.
Later in the inning, Rio Ruiz who was recalled from Triple-A on Friday came to the plate with a runner on first and two men out. One strike away from defeat Ruiz delivered in a huge way as he ripped a two-run walk-off home run as the Baltimore Orioles stunned the Astros with a come from behind 8-7 victory.
With their five-game losing streak snapped tough test as Monday they’ll travel to the Bronx to play four games against the Yankees in three-days. The series begins with a day-night doubleheader Monday as the Orioles will look to snap a 12 game losing streak to the Bombers.