BALTIMORE, MD - AUGUST 21: Ryan Mountcastle #6 of the Baltimore Orioles tosses his bat after drawing a walk in the second inning of his MLB debut against the Boston Red Sox at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on August 21, 2020 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)

On Wednesday the Orioles announced that both Keegan Akin and Anthony Santander had been placed on the Covid-19 injured list. As a result, Alexander Wells made his first MLB start.

Wells represented himself well, allowing 3 runs on 5 hits, 2 of which were homeruns off the bat of Randy Arozarena, while walking 2 and striking out 7 over 5.2 innings. The game was tied at 3 when he exited.

The ending of the game is the story, however. With Tanner Scott pitching in relief in the 9th inning, the Tampa Bay Rays won 5-4 on a walkoff. Scott started the inning by allowing a single Francisco Mejia. A strikeout and walk followed and the bases were loaded. A strikeout of Vidal Brujan made it bases loaded with two outs. On an 0-2 count to Austin Meadows, Scott gave up a two-RBI walkoff single and with that the game was over.

Ryan Mountcastle (2 for 3, 1 Run Scored, 2 RBI, 1 BB) and Pat Valaika (1 for 4, 1 Run Scored, 1 RBI) each hit homeruns to keep pace with Arozarena.

Cedric Mullins added a 2 for 4, 1 double, 1 run scored effort and Trey Mancini went 2 for 4 with a run scored.

Austin Hays also hit a double, going 1 for 4 with 1 RBI.

All of these at bats were wasted because of one strike not thrown.

Box Score

2021 Record: 31-64

Next Game: Fri. July 23 @ 7:05pm at Oriole Park at Camden Yards

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