Orioles Falls in One-Game Series vs. Red Sox (8/11/22)
The Orioles lost a frustrating game in Boston.
The Orioles fell short of their comeback hopes on Thursday, dropping the one-game series in Boston to the Red Sox in a hard-fought game. They move out of playoff position after briefly holding the final wild card slot following a two-game sweep of the Toronto Blue Jays.
The Orioles starting lineup:
C. Mullins CF, 2. A. Rustchman C, 3. A. Santander LF, 4. R. Mountcastle 1B, 5. T. Vavra DH, 6. A. Hays RF, 7. R. Odor 2B, 8. R. Urias 3B, 9. J. Mateo SS
The man on the bump was Dean Kremer (4-3, 3.43 ERA, 43K).
The Red Sox starting lineup:
T. Pham LF, 2. R. Devers 3B, 3. X. Bogarts SS, 4. A. Verdugo RF, 5. J. Martinez DH, 6. E. Hosmer 1B, 7. C. Arroyo 2B, 8. K. Plawecki C, 9. J. Duran CF
The starting pitcher was Josh Winckowski (5-5, 4.68 ERA, 32 K).
Alex Verdugo opened the scoring early by hitting a double to score Xander Bogaerts in the 1st. 1-0 Red Sox.
Tommy Pham hit an RBI double in the 3rd to extend the Red Sox lead. Xander Bogaerts later hit him in with a sac fly to give the Red Sox a 3-0 lead. Kremer had trouble tonight putting guys away once he got to two strikes.
The Orioles still had their fighting spirit as Terrin Vavra tripled in the 6th and added 2 runs to the board. Austin Hays beat out a dribbler to score Vavra after review to tie the game at 3-3.
Austin Davis (4.73) relieved Winckowski in the 6th, two batters too late from the Sox perspective.
Nick Vespi (4.05 ERA) came in for the O’s during the 6th. Eric Hosmer hit the game-winning RBI in the 6th with a double, putting Kremer on the hook for the loss.
Matt Barnes (7.45 ERA) replaced Austin Davis in the 7th and worked around a single and steal by Jorge Mateo.
Bryan Baker (4.40 ERA) came in for Vespi in the 7th and pitched a quick 1-2-3 inning.
John Schreiber (1.88 ERA) entered in the 8th to close the game out for the Red Sox. He wound up getting a two-inning save.
Keegan Akin (2.80 ERA) finishes the O’s out with hopes for a comeback that never happened.
The Orioles will travel to Tampa Bay for a 3-game series while both teams are battling for a playoff hunt. The first game will start at 7:10 PM EST tomorrow, Friday, August 12th.