Bleier struggles as Cubs take a 5-2 win

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Richard Bleier allowed three runs in the 7th inning to break a 2-2 tie as the Cubs break the Orioles six-game win streak with a 5-2 win.

Orioles Lineup vs LHP Jose Quintana

  1. Hanser Alberto – 2B
  2. Andrew Velazquez – LF
  3. Austin Hays – CF
  4. Renato Nunez – 1B
  5. Pedro Severino – C
  6. Anthony Santander – RF
  7. Jose Isglesias – SS
  8. Dwight Smith Jr. – DH
  9. Pat Valaika – 3B

Starting pitcher: JT Brubaker (0-0, 6.23)

The Cubs got on the board first with a two-out rally in the top the second highlighted by an Albert Almora Jr. RBI single to make it 1-0. Anthony Rizzo then extended the lead to 2-0 with a solo home run in the top of the 3rd.

After three innings, Orioles starter JT Brubaker had struck out six, but allowed two runs. for the next two innings, Brubaker and Cubs starter Quintana exchanged zeroes with Quintana only allowed three hits while striking out six.

In the bottom of the 6th, the Orioles got to Quinatana but not without suffering a loss. Andrew Velazquez collected a single before Austin Hays smacked a liner down the left field line. Velazquez scampered all around from 1st to score the first run, but Hays pulled up lame as he headed into 2nd base grabbing his left calf. Hyde and the trainer went out and pulled him from game and brought in Mason Williams to run, moving Velazquez over to center.

After Nunez grounded out moving Williams to 3rd, Severino hit a slow groundball towards second the just got past the pitcher. Severino, who runs well for a catcher was able to beat out Kipnis’ throw for an infield hit that scored Williams to tie up the game at 2-2.

With two out of three batters coming up being left-handed and Brubaker at 91 pitches, Hyde went to Richard Bleier to start the 7th. Bleier though was not up to par as both lefties he faced doubled to put the Cubs ahead 3-2. Hyde left Bleier in to face Almora and Almora ended Bleier’s day by tripling to make it 4-2. Hyde then brought in Cole Sulser. Sulser allowed the 5th run so the Cubs end up with a big 7th inning to go ahead 5-2. The Orioles six game winning streak comes to an end with Richard Bleier (0-1, 7.50) taking the loss.

Orioles Player of the Game: JT Brubaker (6IP, 2ER, 7K)

Minor League Highlights

Norfolk won 6-5 and 3-2 (5-2)

In game one, Zach Lowther struggled allowing five runs in four innings, but Ryan Mountcastle went 3-for-5 with a home run and two RBI. In game two, Dean Kremer (1-1, 5.97) allowed two runs while striking out seven in five and two-third innings to pick up the win. Cedric Mullins (.346) went 2-for-4 with a triple and two RBIs to lead the offense.

Bowie lost 3-8 (3-3)

DL Hall (1-1, 6.30) allowed four runs in five innings pitched to take the loss. SS Malquin Canelo went 2-for-4 wit a double and home run to pace the offense.

Keys lost 2-5 (2-5)

Drew Rom (1.60) allowed one unearned run over five innings. C Adley Rutschman (.320) went 3-for-5 and Jomar Reyes homered (2) to provide the offense.

Delmarva won 5-3 (4-3)

RF Kyle Stowers went 2-for-3 with a walk and two doubles with an RBI and Zach Watson went 2-for-4. Griffin Mclarty allowed three runs in five innings. Houston Roth tossed two and a third innings of hitless relief.

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