Baltimore Orioles Seek Sweep Against Texas Rangers
By Derek McAdam
The Baltimore Orioles won Friday and Saturday’s games against the Texas Rangers and are looking to go for the sweep on Sunday.
The Orioles rallied in the late innings to improve to 7-8 on the season behind Dean Kremer’s best start of the season. The bullpen, combined of Wade LeBlanc, Travis Lakins Sr., Tanner Scott and Shawn Armstrong, managed to pitch 4.1 innings of two-hit shutout baseball.
Notable performances include Freddy Galvis’ four-hit day, which includes two runs scored. Maikel Franco added a two-run home run in the top of the ninth to top off a three-hit day, while Trey Mancini and DJ Stewart each had a multi-hit game.
Baltimore will send John Means to the mound on Sunday afternoon, who is looking to improve from his start on Tuesday against Seattle. He allowed three runs over five innings of work, walking two and striking out five.
Texas is sending Kyle Gibson to the mound, who is coming off quality back-to-back starts against Toronto and Tampa Bay.
Keys to Baltimore completing their sweep will be a continuation of what they have done in the first two games against Texas. If the offense can score some runs, the pitching should be able to do their thing.
An Orioles’ win would put them back at .500, which would be an excellent start for a team that has no chance of making the playoffs according to Fangraphs.
Sunday’s game is slated for a 2:35 p.m. EST start from Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas. The team will enjoy an off-day on Monday before a two-game series against the Marlins on Tuesday and Wednesday.
The Orioles will then return home for a seven-game home set against the Oakland A’s and New York Yankees.