Baltimore Orioles Loss Highlighted with Mountcastle Power
In what is becoming all too commonplace, the Baltimore Orioles lost another heart breaker to the Buffalo Blue Jays.
But, not after Baltimore Orioles rookie Ryan Mountcastle hit his first home run.
And, his second.
These weren’t the typical rookie home runs, either. His first one in the second inning was a a 420-foot bomb, and he followed it up with a second in the sixth that was only 10 feet shorter. To put on even more of a show, he also had a single in the fourth.
By the time his night was over, Mountcastle went 3-4 with three RBI and two runs. But, the epic nine-base event did not get the Orioles to top the Jays. They lost again by one run in a close back-and-forth game. And, like the other games in this series, the O’s outhit the Jays 12 to 7.
Mountcastle tried hard to hide his massive smile after that first bomb. After the silent treatment, he was grinning from ear to ear.
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This game was also notable with Hunter Harvey making his 2020 debut. He got two quick outs, then gave up a single and a walk. Then, one of his baserunners scored. Harvey had the toughest part of the lineup – with Teoscar Hernandez and Vladimir Guerrero Jr. Tanner Scott relieved Harvey and when Rowdy Tellez hit a single, Hernandez scored. Scott was in the position to get a save, but blew it when Tellez scored tying the game at four.
The Orioles put together one more run to retake the lead in the ninth off of a collection of hits, sac bunts, and intentional walks. Jose Iglesias earned an RBI, legging out an infield single to knock in Rio Ruiz who lead off the inning.
But, the Jays were not going down without a fight. After a set of walks, both intentional and unintentional, and two outs – of course, Hernandez continued his wily ways against the Orioles and hit a single that scored the two winning runs. It’s becoming quite the broken record for these two teams.
Anthony Santander, Pedro Severino, and Jose Iglesias all had two hits on the day. Iglesias is still batting over .400, and despite his IL stint, he’s got a six-game hit streak going and a three-game extra-base-hit streak going.
Jorge Lopez had his first official start for the Orioles. He pitched 4.2 innings with three of everything, which isn’t too bad for a pitcher picked up off the waiver wire. Cole Sulser blew his third save of the season.