Orioles Came to Play in Game 1 vs Blue Jays (8/15/22)

Ryan McKenna #26 of the Baltimore Orioles. (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images)
Ryan McKenna #26 of the Baltimore Orioles. (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images) /

The Orioles got on base early and often tonight.

After coming off of a series loss to the Rays, the Orioles traveled to Toronto and dominated in game 1 vs the Blue Jays.

The Orioles starting lineup:

R. McKenna CF, 2. A. Rutschman C, 3. A. Santander RF, 4. R. Mountcastle 1B, 5. R. Urias 3B, 6. A. Hays LF, 7. J. Mateo SS, 8. T. Vavra 2B, 9. T. Nevin DH

The pitcher for the O’s was Kyle Bradish (1-4, 6.42 ERA, 62 K)

The Blue Jays lineup:

G. Springer DH, 2. V. Guerrero Jr 1B, 3. L. Gurriel Jr LF, 4. T. Hernandez RF, 5. B. Bichette SS, 6. M. Chapman 3B, 7. R. Tapia CF, 8. W. Merrifield 2B, 9. D. Jansen C

The starter on the mound for the Blue Jays was Yusei Kikuchi (4-6, 5.13 ERA, 88 K).

The Orioles took an early 1-0 lead in the 1st after Anthony Santander hit a single to score Ryan McKenna.

In the 3rd, the O’s padded their lead with a 2-run 417-foot home run marking Ryan Mountcastle’s 16th on the season. 3-0 Orioles.  The Blue Jays Killer showed up again.

The Blue Jays bounced back quickly as Lourdes Gurriel hit a 2-RBI single to make the score 3-2, but the O’s still had the lead through 3.

In the 4th though, the O’s had bigger plans. It started with a Tyler Nevin fielder’s choice that brought in Jorge Mateo. Followed by Ryan McKenna hitting a double to score Terrin Vavra moving the score to 5-2.

Trevor Richards (5.04 ERA) relieved Yusei Kikuchi.  He had another poor outing against the Orioles and didn’t last long.

In the 5th, Adley Rutschman hit a sac fly to score pinch runner Brett Phillips. Vavra would hit a sac fly to score Ryan Mountcastle to give the O’s a 7-2 lead.

Vladimir Guerrero kept his team’s hopes up with a 385-foot solo home run (24) to shrink the lead down and made the score 7-3.

Bryan Baker (4.21 ERA) came in to relieve Kyle Bradish, who fell one out short of qualifying for a win.

In the 6th, Trent Thornton (4.50 ERA) came in for the Blue Jays.

Dillon Tate (2.56 ERA) relieved Baker in the 7th.  Baker pitched one and a third scoreless innings.

Former Oriole minor leaguer Zach Pop (3.04 ERA) came in for the Blue Jays in the 8th.

Cionel Perez (1.12 ERA) replaces Tate for the O’s and got his one batter out.  Tate was also perfect.

In the 9th, Adam Cimber (3.17 ERA) came in for the Blue Jays to finish the game for them.

Felix Bautista (1.69 ERA) closed the game out for the O’s without a save chance.

The O’s and the Blue Jays play game two tomorrow, Tuesday, August 16th at 7:07 PM EST.