Heading down to Atlanta to face the NL East leading Atlanta Braves, the Baltimore Orioles saw their series win streak end at seven, losing two of three games to the Braves over the weekend. Both losses came in unfortunate ways for the Orioles, who won the first game.
Let's jump right into the takeaways!
3 takeaways from the Baltimore Orioles series loss to the Atlanta Braves
Friday, 5/5: The return of Anthony Slamtander
Anthony Santander is someone who had been struggling with the bat in April. In game one of the series, Santander homered twice, including a seventh inning grand slam to break the game open, a game the Orioles won by a 9-4 score. In every game this month, Santander has two hits, a positive sign.
Saturday, 5/6: Bullpen failure
The middle game of the series was more back and forth than game one. The Orioles and Braves traded go-ahead hits through the first six innings, with the Orioles holding a 4-3 lead after six. They held it through the seventh, and things were looking good, with a series win in their grasp.
Until the eighth inning that was. Kevin Pillar came off the bench and delivered a two-run home run off reliever Danny Coulombe, giving the Braves a 5-4 lead in the biggest way possible. The Orioles couldn't recover from the back-breaking homer, as Raisel Iglesias slammed the door shut in the ninth to tie the series at a game apiece.
Sunday, 5/7: Tank emptied in extras
Much like the second game, this one was closely contested. Also like the second game, it was the Braves who came out on top. Matt Olson gave the Braves a first inning lead with a solo home run, but Ramón Urías tied the game in the fourth inning with a groundout that scored Austin Hays.
The score stayed 1-1 after nine, requiring extra innings in the series finale. The Orioles got off on the right foot, with Santander staying hot with an RBI single in the 10th inning to put them ahead 2-1. With reliever of the month Félix Bautista on for the 10th, the Braves tied the game on a wild pitch, extending the game.
After the 11th inning went scoreless, it was onto the 12th. In the bottom of the 12th, with Cionel Pérez pitching, Michael Harris II doubled in Ozzie Albies to give the Braves a walk-off win to seal the series loss in brutal fashion for the Orioles.
The Orioles head back to Camden Yards for a 10 game homestand, which begins with three games against the Tampa Bay Rays, with game one set for Monday night.