After a huge win over the Red Sox on Thursday night, the Orioles took to Twitter to pile it on
On Thursday, the Baltimore Orioles suited up for their final game at Oriole Park at Camden Yards this season, taking on the Boston Red Sox in the rubber match of a three-game, weekday series. With the help of six strong innings from the left-hander, Alexander Wells, the Orioles put together a 6-2 victory, securing the series win.
While Thursday’s win doesn’t exactly change Baltimore’s fortunes, the loss is detrimental for Boston. With just three games remaining on the schedule, the Red Sox are locked into what has become a four-horse race for the American League Wild Card spots. They had hopes coming into the week of snagging a few easy wins against Baltimore and punching their ticket to the postseason while the New York Yankees, Seattle Mariners, and Toronto Blue Jays fought for the final spot in the AL Wild Card. However, with the Orioles defending their home turf and taking two of three games, the Red Sox are a lot closer to panic mode entering play on Friday than they’d surely like to be.
To make matters worse, after taking the series, the official Baltimore Orioles account on Twitter changed its profile picture to a photo of Robert Andino, an infielder who played for the O’s from 2009 until 2012. Andino played some of the best baseball of his career in Baltimore, including a moment against the Red Sox in 2011 that rings eerily similar to the series this week.
With just an out to spare in the final game of the 2011 season, Andino slashed a belt-high pitch from Red Sox closer Jonathan Papelbon into left field that outfielder Carl Crawford came up short of making a sliding catch on. The base-hit allowed Nolan Reimold to score from second base and the Orioles came away with a walk-off win. The outcome dropped the Red Sox to 90-72 on the season, which kept them just one game short of the Tampa Bay Rays for postseason contention.
Although this year’s final series against Boston wasn’t quite as climactic as 2011, the O’s may have spoiled yet another Red Sox playoff bid 10 seasons after Andino’s walk-off. Looking forward, the Red Sox will travel down the Baltimore-Washington Parkway to face the Washington Nationals in a three-game series to close out the regular season.
As for the Orioles, the regular season will come to a close in Toronto this weekend, where Baltimore will play their final three games against the Blue Jays. With Toronto also vying for a Wild Card spot, the Orioles will get another opportunity to play the spoiler before the book closes on 2021.