The Orioles entered play Friday with a magic number of eight. With a pair of wins against the Yankees and Blue Jays loss, they finished the night with that number down to just five.
In game one, both starters pitched excellent. Kevin Gausman threw seven scoreless innings, scattering seven hits. However the offense couldn’t generate runs and the game was scoreless until the eleventh. In the top half of the inning, Brad Brach allowed a Chris Young solo homer. The Orioles in their half, loaded the bases with two outs.
Jimmy Paredes then stepped up to the plate as a pinch hitter. He ripped the first pitch he saw down the right field line, scoring two and walking game one off.
The stadium was then emptied, and refilled.
The Orioles will hope to continue to fire on cylinders until all numbers are zero, magic or not, and their lifting the trophy over their heads.