The Baltimore Orioles Players’ Tournament representative is continuing to show off his video gaming skills.
He entered Friday night’s round of four games tied with three players: Amir Garrett, Ian Happ, and Jeff McNeil. He was scheduled to play both Garrett and Happ on Friday, and he beat them both. Unfortunately, Smith Jr did not go undefeated last night, as he lost a 2-1 game to Josh Hader. Smith Jr also defeated Jon Duplantier on Friday.
How He Ranks
This puts Smith Jr’s record at 9-3, moving him into a tie for third with Bo Bichette and Gavin Lux. Bichette’s Blue Jays have scored more runs than Smith Jr’s Orioles, and both have more runs than Lux’s Dodgers.
Notable Wins on Friday Night
Smith Jr’s most notable game on Friday night was against Duplanier’s D-backs. The Orioles won 9-0 behind Alex Cobb, who is now 3-0 for Smith Jr. The O’s scored seven of their runs off of Madison Bumgarner, who has a shocking ERA of 22.00. Cobb’s three-game ERA sits at 0.00. Of course, this all in the virtual baseball world, but it feels good to see the Orioles succeed against a pitcher like Bumgarner.
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The two must-win games were a bit tighter. Against Happ’s Cubs, Smith Jr won behind Tanner Scott. Anthony Santander and Trey Mancini homered. Check out the back-to-back jacks here. Santander almost got a spot on Eutaw with that one!
And, against Garrett’s Reds, Smith Jr won 5-4 with Hunter Harvey earning another win. John Means was the starter, but gave up two runs. He was followed by Miguel Castro who gave up another two runs. Mancini had a night on Smith Jr’s team, with another home run against the Reds. This five-inning game was played at Camden Yards, and Smith Jr hit a walk-off single that scored Jose Iglesias for the win.
Even though Smith Jr is off for the night, there are still plenty of players to watch. Snell always proves entertaining. He’s the only player in the top-eight playing tonight. But, Rhys Hoskins of the Phillies is knocking on the door in the ninth spot. Juan Soto and Fernando Tatis, Jr are also on the docket tonight. While they aren’t in the running for the playoffs, their emotional play has been noteworthy.