Fireworks with the bat: 3 takeaways from the latest Baltimore Orioles series win
There's not a lot that's slowing the Baltimore Orioles down right now. Playing the Kansas City Royals on the road, the Orioles took two of three games from the Royals, winning their seventh series of the row and now possessing a 21-10 record.
There's a decent bit of topics to cover from this three game set, so let's hop into the takeaways!
3 Takeaways from the Baltimore Orioles series win against the Kansas City Royals
Tuesday, 5/2: The Ryan Mountcastle takeover
Game one of the series was all about Mountcastle, who had a strong game and continues to be an underrated first baseman. He hit a two run home run in the fourth inning and another in the fifth, driving in five RBIs in total on the night.
Adley Rutschman, Jorge Mateo, James McCann, and Ramón Urías each had an RBI, while Cedric Mullins had two. Tyler Wells allowed four runs in six innings while Mike Baumann allowed three. Cionel Pérez, Bryan Baker, and Yennier Cano each had scoreless appearances.
Wednesday, 5/3: Shut down and shut out
The Orioles mustered just six hits in game two, which is also the amount of runs the Royals scored, with Baltimore losing the middle game 6-0 to tie the series. Zack Greinke allowed three hits over five shutout innings for the Royals, while Taylor Clarke, Aroldis Chapman, Amir Garrett, and Josh Staumont shut down the Baltimore bats out of the bullpen.
Kyle Gibson got the start for the Orioles and got rocked, allowing six runs on 10 hits, failing to strike out even one hitter in 6 2/3 innings, giving up four runs in the seventh. Keegan Akin pitched 1 1/3 innings after Gibson was lifted.
Thursday, 5/4: What is pitching?
The series finale win for the Orioles secured their seventh win in 10 games. Unfortunately, the Orioles seemingly forgot what good pitching was. Fortunately for them, the Royals forgot too, with Baltimore winning by a 13-10 score.
Urías, who came off the bench in this game, led the Orioles with four RBIs, each coming at pretty key moments. Cedric Mullins drove in three runs at the top of the order, Anthony Santander and Gunnar Henderson each hit two run home runs, while Jorge Mateo had one RBI.
Grayson Rodriguez allowed six runs in 3 2/3 innings, while Pérez, Danny Coulombe, and reliever of the month Félix Bautista each allowed at least a run. Bryan Baker and Yennier Cano each had scoreless appearances.
The Orioles conclude their latest road trip down south, taking on the Atlanta Braves for three games over the weekend as they go for their eighth straight series victory.