The Los Angeles Dodgers clinched an NL West title with an offensive explosion against the Baltimore Orioles.
Baltimore Orioles legend Brooks Robinson summed up Tuesday night’s game perfectly when he appeared in the MASN booth with Gary Thorne and Mike Bordick in the second inning of tonight’s contest. “Ah, screw it.”
It was just the first of three games between the two teams at Camden Yards this week, but the Los Angeles Dodgers have already made a home in Baltimore, exerting their dominance in the top of the first inning and not looking back.
The Dodgers 7-3 win over the Orioles clinched the 2019 National League West crown for Los Angeles. The Arizona Diamondbacks are now 18.5 games behind Los Angeles and cannot win the West, but find themselves just 2.5 games out of an NL Wild Card spot (at the time of this publishing). LA’s 94 wins are tops in the National League and just behind the New York Yankees and Houston Astros for tops in all of baseball.
As for the Baltimore Orioles, well, it was another tough night to watch in Birdland. Ty Blach took the mound to start Tuesday night’s game, but lasted just 2.1 innings, giving up six earned runs on nine hits in the process. He walked one and struck out three. Blach now owns a 12.00 ERA on the season. Thanks for trying.
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The offensive story of the night was Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager. Seager entered the night 4-23 in his career against Ty Blach, who was pitching at the major league level with the San Francisco Giants since 2016. Seager ended his struggles against Blach with a bang. Two of them, actually.
Before the Orioles could record the first out of the third inning, Corey Seager launched two home runs into the seats at Camden Yards and drove in five runs. It was Seager’s first multi-home run game of the year, but the 35th against the Baltimore Orioles this season. That’s now 279 total home runs allowed by O’s pitchers as they continue to push their MLB record higher and higher (Gavin Lux chipped in his first career MLB home run later in the contest off Tanner Scott).
Offensively for Baltimore, Orioles hitters managed seven hits, one of them coming off the bat of Hanser Alberto. His 1-4 day at the plate lowered his average at .320 on the season as he continues to chase the American League batting title. Mason Williams was the only Oriole hitter to reach base twice against Walker Buehler and the Dodgers pitching staff. Williams went 2-3 at the plate to raise his average to .353 in his limited playing time since getting called up to the big leagues.
In the bottom of the 8th inning, DJ Stewart took advantage of the departure of Buehler and launched a 402-foot solo shot into left-center. It was his first home run with the Orioles this season. Trey Mancini also contributed a base hit to extend his hitting streak to five games.
Buehler went 7.0 innings, allowing zero runs on four hits and no walks with 11 strikeouts in a dominant performance to earn his 13th win of the season.
The Orioles will look to end their six-game losing streak and finally match last year’s win total of 48 on Wednesday night as John Means (10-10, 3.50 ERA) takes on Ross Stripling (4-4, 3.42 ERA) in game two of this series.