After one inning, the Baltimore Orioles were in trouble Sunday afternoon. As the embers of the game faded, Cionel Perez was there to reignite the O’s to a win.
The Baltimore Orioles have had three, count em, three walk-offs in their past four games. When Spenser Watkins went out early due to getting hit with the ball, and the Rays drove the score up quickly, most hope was gone. However, they kept chipping away, and finally when almost all hope was lost, they got it done in extras.
With the wonky way extra innings work these days, all it takes is a base hit, and the team will more than likely score the desired run. After the excitement of tying the game in the 9th, to an hour rain delay, tensions were on the rise as Cionel Perez stepped up to the plate to being the extra frames of baseball.
Perez worked thought the 10th and 11th innings after a rain delay, as he was able to keep the Rays at stagnant just long enough for the Baltimore Orioles to get the win. He kept it close at times, allowing a hit, two walks, and stuck out three in two scoreless innings.
Cionel Perez’s reignited the Baltimore Orioles for the series win
His composure is what kept him driving through the stress that complied over those two innings. As each of his two frames came to a close, he was fired up, and right there with him was Adley Rutschman. Adley is becoming the poster-boy for extra motivation or pizzazz, and Perez added to it tenfold.
The final outs for both the 10th and the 11th we ended exactly the same. Perez and Rutschman meeting off the mound and an excited fashion. Fired-up might be the better term for it, but as exciting as it was for fans to watch, it brought the players together even more.
They came close in the bottom of the 10th, but after another impressive inning from Perez and ending in a fiery way, the cogs finally fell in place. The Orioles took three out of the last four games, all in walk-off fashion. Cardiac kids? The O’s players may have a new nickname in store.