Johns Means & Power Bats Move Baltimore Orioles Closer to Playoffs
After an 11-2 routing of the New York Mets, the Baltimore Orioles show that they aren’t going down without a fight.
The Baltimore Orioles absolutely lit up the Mets pitching, and matched the offense with outstanding defense, too.
John Means finally had the outing the Orioles were hoping to see weeks ago. He went six innings, striking out five, and giving up only three hits with one earned run. With his performance along with Travis Lakins and Asher Wojciechowski, the Mets were only able to get six hits.
Wojciechowski made a rare appearance as the closing pitcher. He didn’t earn a save, but his two innings of work were worth noting. With little on the line, he faced eight batters and gave up one run.
The offense was stellar, as it has to be to score 11 runs in one nine-inning game. Several batters had home runs. DJ Stewart continues to go yard off of first pitches. He now has at least one home run in his last three games. He’s clearly shaken off whatever was troubling him in late July and early August.
The other home runs on the night belonged to Ryan Mountcastle, Rio Ruiz, and Pat Valaika. Cedric Mullins proves that he’s not just a bunt-and-run hitter, but can also leg out a triple when the opportunity arises.
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Despite dropping under .400 a few games ago, Jose Iglesias is still maintaining his stellar batting average of .396. He had another two-hit game and earned his 15th RBI of the season. Every starting batter got in on the scoring, with either a run scored or an RBI.
This win puts the Orioles a tick below the Yankees in the AL East and above the Tigers in the AL Central for the final spot in the expanded playoffs. If all goes well, the Orioles and Yankees could swap positions as soon as Wednesday.
The Orioles and Mets play tonight at 7:10 at Citi Field. Jorge Lopez faces off against Cy-Young winner Rick Porcello – who is clearly not having a Cy-Young season with a 5.54 ERA and a 1-4 record. Lopez has a similar ERA of 5.59, but only a 1-0 record.