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Orioles 2, Rays 1 (Game 1) : The Bird Man – Stevie Wilkerson hits a clutch 2-run homer to put the O’s ahead in the 7th to back a surprisingly great effort from the pitching staff as they hold to take the first game of a split doubleheader @ home. Recently acquired on July 6th, Aaron Brooks works 2 2/3 scoreless innings, but Jimmy Yacabonis relieves him in the 3rd & allows a solo homer to Mike Zunino (#5) – the 100th HR of his career, as Tampa Bay takes the lead. Shawn Armstrong comes on in the 6th but issues 2 walks & is relieved by Richard Bleier, who works an inning of scoreless relief. Wilkerson hits his clutch go ahead 2-run shot (#8) off of Rays reliever Colin Poche in the 7th to erase a great outing by Rays starter & 2 way player, Brendan McKay.
Mychal Gives works a 1-2-3 9th to close it out.
Baltimore earns it’s first win of the 2nd half, but still had 1 more to play in the nightcap.
Bal (28-63) TB (53-40)
WP : Bleier (1-0)
LP : Poche (0-2)
S : Givens (7).
Rays 16, Orioles 4 : Bird Poop – Yonny Chirinos pitches 7 strong innings, Tommy Pham & Nate Lowe both homer to lead the way as the Rays rout the O’s @ home. Pham homers (#14) as the Rays bust out w/ a 7 run 1st inning against Dylan Bundy & never look back. Tampa Bay sends 11 men to the plate as Yandy Diaz adds an RBI single & scores on a wild pitch, Lowe & Travis d’Arnaud provide RBI singles & Willy Adames & Austin Meadows both drill RBI doubles to cap the uprising against Bundy. Lowe hits a 2-run shot (#3) off of Gabriel Ynoa in the 2nd, he has a career high 4 hits, drives in 3 runs & scores twice. Kevin Kiermaier has 3 hits, including a 2-run double in the 7th & drives in 2, he also scores 3 times as every Rays starter has atleast 1 hit.
Renato Nunez homers (#22) in the 4th & doubles home a run in the 9th for the O’s in the loss.
Baltimore will look to rebound today as they host a doubleheader.
Bal (27-63) TB (53-39)
WP : Chirinos (8-4)
LP : Bundy (4-11).
It’s that time of year again. The MLB All-Star Game is back & the mid-summer classic comes to you this year from Cleveland. It’s always a fan friendly event that provides us all w/ one night of pure love of the game & puts our national past time on full display. No matter if you watch baseball or not, this game brings out the best players on 1 stage for the whole world to see. Baseball is summer through & through & the All-Star Game is the games way to give us all a great summer night. Packed w/ tons of stars & young talent, The MLB puts it all together for 1 night, as well as a whole weekend full of events including the famous homerun derby. As a kid, the All-Star game was everything, we all wanted to play baseball but everyone wanted to be an All-Star too. This is where some of those kids ended up, right here under the bright lights for 1 night, playing along some of their peers for the American or National League. Baseball is great but the MLB All-Star Game is true joy for hardcore baseball fans like myself.
Let’s all sit back & enjoy the 90th MLB All-Star Game.
Blue Jays 6, Orioles 1 : Thornton In Their Side – Trent Thornton pitches 6 shutout innings to earn his first win in 4 starts, Lourdes Gurriel Jr. homers & the Blue Jays beat the O’s @ home to avoid the sweep. Thornton allows just 3 hits & strikes out 5, winning for the first time since June 16. Gurriel Jr. hits a 2-run shot (#16) off of O’s starter Asher Wojciechowski in the 1st,
Vladimir Guerrero Jr. has 2 hits & scores on doubles by Danny Jansen in the 4th & Rowdy Tellez in the 6th.
Tellez also scores on a 2-run infield single by Teoscar Hernandez as the Jays add to their lead against reliever Shawn Armstrong. Wojciechowski allows 3 runs on 4 hits in 4 1/3, but walks 3 & strikes out 6. Chance homers (#6) in the 7th to get the O’s on the board but that would be all their offense on the day. Baltimore’s 3 game winning streak is snapped, but they still head into the All-Star break winners in 3 of their last 4 games.
WP : Thornton (3-6)
LP : Wojciechowski (0-2).
Orioles 8, Blue Jays 1 : Cashner Money – Andrew Cashner pitches 7 strong innings to win his 3rd straight start, Renato Nunez & Stevie Wilkerson homer & the O’s beat the Blue Jays for the 2nd straight game in Toronto. The O’s use a 5-run 4th to break the game open as Nunez hits a 2-run shot (#20), Anthony Santander singles home Luis Severino, Keon Broxton doubles home Jonathan Villar & Richie Martin grounds to short to score Santander. Villar has 2 hits & scores 3 times in the game, also scoring on RBI singles by Wilkerson in the 6th & Santander in the 8th. Wilkerson blasts a solo shot (#7) in the 9th, he has 2 hits & drives in 2 on the day. Santander has 3 hits, drives in 2 & scores twice. Cashner allows just 1 run on 3 hits & strikes out 4 en route to his 9th win, he is 2-0 w/ an 0.69 ERA against Toronto in 2 starts this year.
Baltimore has now won 3 in a row & will go for the sweep today.
Bal (27-61) Tor (33-57)
WP : Cashner (9-3)
LP : Richard (1-5).
Orioles 4, Blue Jays 1 : Pecking Away – Chris Davis homers & drives in 3 runs, Dylan Bundy pitches into the 7th inning & the Orioles win their 2nd straight as they beat the Blue Jays on the road. Davis homers in the 2nd (#7) off of Aaron Sanchez, he has now homered 40 times in his career against Toronto, the most against any team & his 20 HR’s @ Rogers Centre are the most in any ballpark. Jonathan Villar puts the O’s ahead in the 2nd on an infield single & Bundy would make it stand up. He goes 6 2/3, allowing just 1 run on 3 hits, strikes out 6 & walks 2. He snaps a 4 start losing streak & the bullpen works the next 2 1/3 to wrap it up. Davis also adds a 2-run single in the 9th to add some much needed insurance for Paul Fry, who comes on to close it out. It is the first multi RBI game for Davis since May 10th.
Baltimore has now won 2 in a row & will look to win the series today.
Bal (26-61) Tor (33-56)
WP : Bundy (4-10)
LP : Sanchez (3-12)
S : Fry (2).
Orioles 9, Rays 6 : Catching Some Rays – Rio Ruiz & Renato Nunez both hit 3-run homers & the O’s score 6 times in the 9th to break the game open & avoid the sweep in Tampa Bay. Ruiz connects on his 3-run shot (#5) off of Austin Pruitt to put the O’s ahead in the 4th & Nunez goes deep (#19) to cap the 6-run outburst in the 9th against Jose Alvarado, who allows 6 runs in just 2/3 of an inning. Named to the All-Star team, Rookie starter John Means tosses 7 innings allowing 3 runs but earns a no decision as he departs w/ the game tied. He has not lost in 7 starts since May 18th. The Rays rally in the 9th against reliever Richard Bleier but Shawn Armstrong comes on to record the last out w/ 2 men on base in the 9th & close it out. Tampa Bay has their 4 game winning streak snapped. Baltimore wins for just the 5th time in 20 games.
They have the day off before going to Toronto for 3.
Bal (25-61) TB (50-37)
WP : Givens (1-4)
LP : Alvarado (0-5)
S : Armstrong (2).
Rays 6, Orioles 3 : Morton Salt – Charlie Morton pitches 7 solid innings, striking out a season high 12 as the Rays beat the O’s by the same score as the night before, winning the series in the process. Named to the All-Star team 2 days before, Morton gives up a solo homer to Chris Davis (#6) in the 3rd but allows nothing else & records the final 10 outs via strike out. It’s the 10th time in 18 outings he has given up 1 run or less.
Brandon Lowe has 2 hits, including a solo HR in the 1st (#10) & an RBI single in the 3rd as starter Asher Wojciechowski allows 4 runs in 5 1/3 in his O’s debut. Avisail Garcia hits a 2-run single in the 6th off of Paul Fry & Tommy Pham adds 2-run double in the 7th off of Jimmy Yacabonis. Chance Sisco cracks a 2-run shot (#5) off of former Oriole Chaz Roe in the 9th but it goes for not. Baltimore has now lost 15 of their last 19, they look to avoid the sweep tonight.
Bal (24-61) TB (50-36)
WP : Morton (9-2)
LP : Wojciechowski (0-1).
Rays 6, Orioles 3 : Flipping The Birds – Kevin Kiermaier homers to give the Rays the lead in the 6th & they never look back, win their 3rd game in a row & gain some ground in the AL East. Hanser Alberto singles home a run in the 4th & Pedro Severino provides another in a 2-run 6th as Rio Ruiz adds a pinch hit single to give the O’s the lead. Ryne Stanek opens & goes 2 innings before Ryan Yarbrough goes the next 5 in relief but the Rays still use 7 pitchers on the night.
Making his major league debut, Thomas Eshelman allows 2 1st inning runs on RBI singles by Ji-Man Choi & Avisail Garcia. He then settles down the rest of the way, retiring 12 of 14 hitters before leaving but Kiermaier blasts a 3-run shot (#10) off of Branden Kline to put Tampa Bay ontop for good. Kline was optioned back to Triple A Norfolk after the game.
Baltimore has now lost 14 of thier last 18. Game 2 is tonight.
Bal (24-60) TB (49-36)
WP : Kolarek (3-2)
LP : Kline (1-4)
S : Alvarado (7).