The Baltimore Orioles just keep winning against teams that are significantly better on paper.
But when it comes to paper, the 2020 Baltimore Orioles are showing that it doesn’t matter when the time comes to step between the lines. To prove it, the Orioles just got a pretty extra-inning win against the Phillies and their $74 million payroll.
If you watched the game from the start, it seemed like there wasn’t much chance that the O’s would come away with the W, but that’s why there are nine innings. Because the Orioles proved that every out matters.
Alex Cobb pitched well against the Phillies, but it wasn’t his best game. He gave up three hits and two earned runs in 5.1 innings. He was followed by seven relievers, with Travis Lakins finishing the game in the 10th inning with serious pressure from the top of the Phillies dangerous lineup.
The Orioles out-hit the Phillies, but they couldn’t convert the hits to runs until the sixth inning when Anthony Santander started the inning with another double and Renato Nunez knocked him in for the first run of the game. By the time the game was over Nunez went 3-4, which shows why he’s the top first baseman in fantasy baseball. Rio Ruiz earned an RBI on a double hitting Nunez in, and Dwight Smith Jr.knocked in Ruiz.
The Orioles scored two more in the seventh to pull ahead of Phillies, but Bryce Harper and Jean Segura went yard to take back the lead in the bottom of the eighth. Then, the ninth happened, and the Orioles and Phillies ended the official time with a 8-8 tie.
The Orioles were able to get two across in the 10th to get a two-run lead. With Andrew Velazquez on base, Austin Hays earned two RBI with his Little League home run thanks to a handful of misplays by the Phillies. That home run, and some clutch pitching from Travis Lakins was all the Orioles needed to get the win. With two runners on and Harper on deck, Lakins got the final out of the game and left those runners on.