The Orioles came into their series with the Boston Red Sox dying for some home cooking and offense. After taking two of three from the Indians, the Orioles came home to try and gain some ground on the division leading Red Sox but it did not start out very beneficial for the Orioles.
Game One: Red Sox: 7, Orioles: 2
The Red Sox sent out knuckleball pitcher Steven Wright to start the series and he was virtually unhittable from the Orioles perspective.
Wright threw a complete game allowing two runs on four hits and despite walking five batters, he struck out seven. As an Orioles fan, it was driving me insane but as a baseball fan, I was just in shock watching it and could do nothing else but give mad respect to Wright.
As for the Orioles starter, Tyler Wilson, it was not the most pleasant of afternoons but he did not do all that bad. Wilson went 6 2/3 innings allowing three earned runs on eight hits while striking out four and walking two. Ashur Tolliver came in to relieve him and struggled mightily, allowing three runs himself in only 2/3 innings pitched.
The Sox’ offense was mainly helpful with home runs by Jackie Bradley, Jr., David Ortiz and Marco Hernandez with Hernandez’s being a three run home run.
Game Two: Red Sox: 6, Orioles: 2
In one of the more annoying games of the season, the Red Sox started scoring early and the Orioles tried to play catch up all game.
In the top of the first, Mookie Betts and Dustin Pedroia both hit solo home runs giving the Sox a 2-0 lead at the time. This all was followed in the second inning by a three run home run by Mookie Betts, making it 5-0. Once again, in the top of the seventh, Mookie Betts hit another home run on the night to make it 6-2 at the time.
As for the two runs for the Orioles, those were courtesy of a Nolan Reimold RBI double and an Adam Jones RBI single.
This game was started by Kevin Gausman who put out his most disappointing start of the season. Gausman went six innings allowing five runs on five hits and did strike out eight and walked only two but his problem lies with the home run ball and the three he let up on the night.
Game Three: Orioles: 13, Red Sox: 9
In a game that seemed to drag on forever, it was not for it’s lack of excitement that is for sure.
This game saw a combined 22 runs on 29 hits and only two pitchers not allowing runs in their appearances. It just so happens those pitchers are Brad Brach and Zach Britton.
The scoring started with a Mookie Betts home run to lead off the game, again, giving the Sox a 1-0 lead. The Orioles tacked on four runs in the bottom of the inning thanks to a two run RBI single by Mark Trumbo, a sacrifice fly by Matt Wieters and an RBI double by Pedro Alvarez.
In the top of the second, Chris Young and Mookie Betts both hit home runs with Young’s being a two run shot and Betts’ being a solo homer, making it a 4-4 game. In the bottom of the second, Manny Machado got a sacrifice fly to score Adam Jones making it 5-4.
In the third inning, David Ortiz hit a home run to tie the game up which was eventually followed by a Ryan Hanigan two RBI single to score Travis Shaw and Blake Swihart, a name I am never confident in spelling correctly.
The Orioles once again regained the lead in the bottom of the third with a Jonathan Schoop RBI double, a Ryan Flaherty RBI single and a Manny Machado RBI single, making the game 8-7 in favor of the Orioles.
It would take until the top of the sixth for the Sox to tie the game back up, which they did on a Dustin Pedroia RBI single.
The Orioles would score five runs between the sixth and seventh innings with the Sox scoring one more in the top of the eighth to officially make it a 13-9 game, ending the most stressful win so far this season.
Game Four: Orioles: 12, Red Sox: 7
Orioles starter Ubaldo Jimenez started out pitching very well, that it until the sixth inning happened. Jimenez on the night went 5 innings allowing five runs on six hits while striking out only three but walking only two as well.
It all came crashing down on Jimenez in the sixth inning after allowing a two RBI single to Xander Bogaerts followed by a three run home run to David Ortiz, giving the Red Sox a 5-4 lead at the time.
Lucky enough for Jimenez, he has the Orioles offense there to back him up when he inevitably implodes. The O’s hit seven home runs on the night courtesy of Mark Trumbo and Adam Jones twice, Manny Machado, Pedro Alvarez and Francisco Pena hitting his first career home run.
Along with Pena making his Orioles debut tonight, Brian Duensing made an appearance in the top of the ninth and did not do much to impress as much as Pena. Duensing allowed two runs on four hits but was able to finish out the inning, so I will give him credit there.
I am content with splitting against the Red Sox mainly because of how potent their offense is right now and how weak the Orioles’ was coming into this game. The O’s trail the Sox by one game in the division and are tied in the loss column, as Tom Davis loves to say, so I am okay with splitting the series with them.
The Orioles will now welcome the Yankees back to Camden Yards for the second time this season for a three game series over the weekend. Chris Tillman will open up the series against Nathan Eovaldi with Tyler Wilson going up against Ivan Nova in game two and Kevin Gausman facing off against C.C. Sabathia in the series finale. After the three against the Yankees, the Orioles will welcome the Royals for their only series in Camden Yards this season.