The Baltimore Orioles wrapped up their weekend series with the Cleveland Guardians on Sunday afternoon, losing by a 3-2 score to drop the series, losing two games out of 3, and it’s also their second series loss in a row, after losing a series to the Seattle Mariners.
The scoring started almost immediately, with Cleveland taking a 3-0 lead in the first inning, when Andrés Giménez hit a 3 run home run to right field. The Orioles got closer in the 4th inning, when Ryan Mountcastle delivered a two run home run to center field, narrowing the deficit to 3-2. Unfortunately, the Baltimore Orioles could not score again.
Making his season debut on the mound for the Orioles was Dean Kremer, who was activated from the 10 Day IL prior to the game, after missing the start of the season due to an oblique injury. Kremer did alright in his first start, with a final line of 3 runs on 5 hits and one walk, striking out 3 hitters in 4 1/3 innings of work.
Although Kremer was a tad bit shaky on the mound, the strong Orioles bullpen did their jobs in relief. It started with 1 1/3 innings from Logan Gillaspie, finishing the 5th and throwing the whole 6th inning. Nick Vespi then continued his strong run with 1 1/3 shutout innings, followed by scoreless appearances from Bryan Baker and Cionel Pérez to finish the game.
While the pitching was strong, the hitting game just could not get things going, outside of Mountcastle’s home run. The Orioles mustered just 4 hits in this one, all coming off Cleveland starter Zach Plesac, who threw 6 innings in a win. Sam Hentges, Eli Morgan, and Emmanuel Clase shut down the Orioles in relief.
After a day off on Monday, the Baltimore Orioles start a two game series with the Chicago Cubs on Tuesday and Wednesday. Kyle Bradish gets the first game start on Tuesday night, while Jordan Lyles goes on Wednesday. LET’S GO O’S!