The only baseball being played is virtual, and the Baltimore Orioles had four games on Sunday night.
In the short three-inning games, the Baltimore Orioles under the management of Dwight Smith Jr had a .500 night. Unfortunately, the Smith Jr’s O’s did not win the one game they needed to win.
After a loss to the dominating Rangers, the Orioles are now 11-5. Despite two losses, one to Joey Gallo’s Rangers and another to Ryne Stanek and the Marlins, Smith Jr’s team is still headed for the playoffs.
At four games back from the Rangers, the Orioles are tied for fourth with Bo Bichette’s Blue Jays, Gavin Lux’s Dodgers, and Fernando Tatis Jr’s Padres. Remember, the top eight make it to the playoffs. The teams tied with Smith Jr have 9-3 records, as none of them played in Sunday night.
Unfortunately, Smith Jr was no match for Gallo’s Rangers last night. The O’s could not score a run off of the Rangers pitching, that was lead by Corey Kluber. John Means and Tanner Scott gave up a combined five runs and 10 hits. Anthony Santander and Rio Ruiz earned the only hits against the Rangers relievers.
More from Orioles News
- Baltimore Orioles Sign RP Mychal Givens
- Gunnar Henderson: Destroyer of Four-Seam Fastballs
- Which Current Baltimore Orioles Pitchers Have the Best Curveballs?
- Orioles News: Should the O’s Pursue Eovaldi? + More MLB News
- Should the Baltimore Orioles Consider Signing Nathan Eovaldi?
The Orioles also went scoreless against the Marlins on Sunday night. This was an unexpected loss as Stanek is sitting in the bottom of the NL East – where the Marlins have been for several seasons.
Despite the two losses on Sunday, there were two high points. The Orioles defeated Niko Goodrum’s Detroit Tigers by a score of 17-1, with 16 of the runs coming in the third inning. Paul Fry gave up the only run to Tigers as former O’s Jonathan Schoop earned an RBI after a single knocked in a run.
In the third inning, the Orioles merry-go-round of hits began as the Tigers struggled to make any outs in roomy Comerica Park. Trey Mancini earned six RBI, Ruiz earned four, and Smith Jr earned three.
Several players went yard in Detroit. Ruiz led the team with two. Austin Hays, Richie Martin, and Chance Sisco each hit one.
Smith Jr has Monday night off, and continues the tournament on Tuesday and Wednesday. Hopefully, he can keep his position in the top eight. Gallo plays tonight and so do the three players tied with Smith Jr. Hopefully, they can all get a few losses as they face off against each other tonight.