In total runs, Seattle outscored Baltimore 19-10. On the series, the Comeback Orioles struck again and win the first series against Seattle to start the last homestand before All-Star Game. Let's recap.
Baltimore Orioles take two of three games from the Seattle Mariners
..Off: SEA 13-1 BAL
The fourth game with City Connect unis and Baltimore suffered the worst loss of the season. Kyle Gibson, who provides length in his outings, made his shortest start in 2023 (3.0 IP, 87 pitches) because Seattle jumped on him and put him in a 5-0 hole. In the seventh, Mariner Killer Anthony Santander put the Orioles on the board against Logan Gilbert. But the excitement ended quickly.
Keegan Akin didn't eliminate in the order. To worsen it, he allowed seven runs (six earned) in 2/3 innings of work. In the ninth, Josh Lester came in to pitch and he struck out Jarred Kelenic with a 63.2 'slider'. Baltimore is 1-3 with the City Connect uniforms.
Wacky game: SEA 4-6 BAL (F/10)
The Orioles and Mariners had some weird stuff in Game 2. First of all, Baltimore had four outs on the bases. Two on extra-base, one pickoff and a double play on a foul ball to the catcher. Second of all, the first two Seattle Home Runs was on 46 degree launch angle and a 354 footer... back-to-back against Dean Kremer.
When Baltimore leading, Julio Rodriguez made the play of the day, robbing a Ryan O'Hearn Home Run (and the kid have a souvenir for life). With a 4-3 lead and one out away, Mike Ford hit his second HR against Felix Bautista to tie it at 4. In extras, the unlikely hero Ryan McKenna sent Birdland home happy with a laser to RCF. Walkoff win.
No Adley? No Problem: SEA 2-3 BAL
In the rubber game, Julio Rodriguez gets robbed by Anthony Santander in the first inning. Santander had a heck of a series, with Home Runs in all three games (five in the last six games) to take the Home Run lead for the Orioles (14). Cal Raleigh, who idolizes the Iron Man, is the first Cal to meet Eutaw Street with a bomb. And he's the first Cal to hit a Home Run at OPACY since Ripken in 2001.
In the game, Jorge Mateo, who has struggled since May 1, was the hero with two runs scored and a stolen base. The go-ahead run was opportunism by Mateo, scoring on a bloop double by Anthony Bemboom in the sixth. By the way, another weird stat (per Nathan Ruiz from Baltimore Sun).
In the ninth, Bautista finished the game with his 21st save and Baltimore clinched the series against a tricky opponent who leaves Baltimore below .500, just as they entered.