Baltimore Orioles Bats Get Hot in Iglesias’s Return Against Blue Jays
Despite 11 hits on the night, the Baltimore Orioles lost after a walk-off home run in the 10th to the Toronto Blue Jays.
After a 10-game IL stint, the Baltimore Orioles shortstop, Jose Iglesias, returned to his pre-IL state delivering two hits from the three-hole thus keeping his .400 batting average.
He wasn’t the only Orioles batter to have a multi-hit game. Lead-off batter Hanser Alberto went 4-5 on the night with a run scored and an RBI. Ryan Mountcastle moved his hitting streak to five games, with two hits. Pat Valaika also reached base twice.
The Orioles spent the first few innings trying to score against Hyun Jin Ryu, and then they spent a couple of innings trying to catch up after John Means gave up back-to-back home runs to Vladimir Guerrero Jr.and Teoscar Hernandez in the fourth.
In the sixth, the Orioles finally got on the board after a Mountcastle hit that was too much for Travis Shaw to handle. With Alberto on third, Iglesias on second, and Renato Nunez on first, Shaw overthrew to first and the Orioles scored two.
The top of the sixth also gave fans an opportunity to see Iglesias’s baserunning prowess. He hit a single in the sixth, but
misplayed the ball, giving Iglesias an opportunity to get to second. On the slide, he was almost tagged out, but he stayed safe with a quick swim move outsmarting second baseman
. He was called safe on the play, and the umpires confirmed it in a replay.
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Mountcastle’s hit tied the game at two, but the Jays scored a third run in the bottom of the sixth after a wild pitch from Tanner Scott. Guerrero scored to give the Jays the lead again. Scott’s wild pitch was the first of his outing, after he replaced Dillon Tate who struggled in the sixth after a lights-out fifth.
Renato Nunez tied the game in the top of the eighth with a golden rope to left field. After both teams were scoreless in the ninth, the game went into extra innings. And, Alberto did his job getting Rio Ruiz to score to take the lead. Iglesias was thrown out on a dropped third and Anthony Santander could not move Alberto around the bases either.
Sadly, after two quick outs in the 10th,
threw a pitch that
got all of and hit to straight-out center field.
ran out of real estate and the ball went over the fence, showing the benefit of the home-field advantage.
The Orioles and Jays play on Saturday at 6:37 PM ET. Alex Cobb and newly acquired pitcher Taijuan Walker will face off on the mound.