The Orioles once again struggled to figure out the opposing starter.
The Orioles dropped the second game of their weekend series against the Boston Red Sox. Contrary to yesterday’s slugfest, the O’s couldn’t get anything going until the late innings. The loss means Sunday night’s Little League Classic won’t be all fun and game while team chases a wild card spot.
The Orioles starting lineup:
A. Hays LF, 2. A. Rutschman DH, 3. A. Santander RF, 4. R. Mountcastle 1B, 5. R. Urias 2B, 6. J. Mateo SS, 7. R McKenna CF, 8. T. Nevin 3B, 9. R. Chirinos
The starting pitching was Kyle Bradish (1-4, 6.38 ERA, 67 strikeouts)
The Red Sox Starting lineup:
C. Arroyo 2B, 2. A. Verdugo LF, 3. X Bogaerts SS, 4. R Devers 3B, 5. J. Martinez DH, 6. E. Hosmer 1B, 7. E. Hernandez CF, 8. J. Duran RF, 9. K. Plawecki C
The starting pitcher was Michael Wacha (7-1, 2.44 ERA, 59 strikeouts)
After 4 scoreless frames, Alex Verdugo hit in an RBI to give Boston a 1-0 lead.
Enrique Hernandez hit a 2-run 373-foot home run (5) next to the left field foul pole to give the Red Sox a 3-0 lead. Bradish pitched well on the day but left with a sour taste soon after.
Joey Krehbiel (3.09 ERA) came in for the Orioles in the 6th.
John Schreiber (1.89 ERA) comes in for Boston in the 6th to get them out of a jam. Wacha left after throwing less than 80 pitches.
Bryan Baker (3.99 ERA) came in for the O’s in the 8th. He pitched a quick inning but then struggled in the 9th.
Garrett Whitlock (2.98 ERA) relieved Schreiber and got a two-inning save.
Jorge Mateo tripled and scored to cut the lead in half to make it 4-3, but the O’s would get no closer.
The Orioles and the Red Sox face off in the series finale in Williamsport tomorrow, Sunday, August 21st at 7:10 PM EST. I hope you enjoy seeing all the kids on the broadcast.