Baltimore Orioles Prove That No Lead is Safe in Loss to Mets
The Baltimore Orioles are just a game and a half away from making the 2020 expanded playoffs.
But, first the Baltimore Orioles have to be able to protect an early lead. And, they couldn’t do it on Wednesday night against the Mets in a sad, sad 6-7 loss after racking up 14 hits on the night.
At one point, the O’s were up 5-1, before Jorge Lopez started giving up runs. He finished the game after 4.2 innings. The Mets earned six hits and five runs – two of them were home runs. The relievers didn’t fare much better as Paul Fry and Hunter Harvey each gave the Mets an additional run on the board.
Ideally, relievers are tasked with putting up goose eggs, which is what Dillon Tate and Tanner Scott both did in their combined 1.2 innings of work.
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There was plenty of offense on the night, especially from Ryan Mountcastle who went 4-4 on the night. He continues to prove that he was due to move up to the Big Leagues. Hanser Alberto, from the seven hole, went 2-5 with an RBI.
I could copy and paste this line: DJ Stewart hit another first-pitch home run to lead off the fifth inning. He has had at least one first-pitch home run in his last five games.
Rio Ruiz added to his doubles stats, hitting his fifth of the season. He had two RBI on the night.
At this point in the season, the Orioles need to get past the Yankees, who are 1.5 games ahead of them in the AL East in third place. Fortunately, the Orioles play the Yankees in New York in a four-game series that ends on Sunday afternoon. This is the last time the Orioles face this nemesis, and they can trust that after the 3-1 series win a few weeks ago, that the Yankees will be gunning for them.
Tonight’s game features a repeat of Keegan Akin against Gerrit Cole. The last time these two faced off was September 5, when Akin held the Yankees to three hits and no runs in 5.1 innings. DJ Stewart began his home run parade that day with two off of Cole.