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)

If Sunday’s game with the Tampa Bay Rays is any indication, the Baltimore Orioles still have a long way to go in their rebuild. Following a 12-8 loss, the Birds of Baltimore are 1-18 in the season series against the current AL East leading Rays. Every Time the Orioles closed the deficit on Sunday, the Rays found a way to add more runs to their total. The Orioles are just not ready to run with the big dogs.

The Orioles found themselves down 3-1 in the second inning, 6-4 after the sixth and 10-6 after seven innings before finally falling 12-8.

Spenser Watkins started and did not have a good start. He allowed 6 runs on 7 hits, 3 of which were homeruns, while walking 1 and striking out 3 over 5.0 innings. He exited after serving up back-to-back homeruns in the sixth and eventually was tagged with the loss.

The devastating blow came in the seventh inning when Paul Fry (0.1 IP, 4 R, 2 H, 2 BB) coughed up a Joey Wendle grandslam homerun, his second homerun of the game.

Conner Greene added to the misery by allowing 2 runs on 3 hits with two strikeouts over 1.2 innings.

Ryan Mountcastle was the star of the offense, going 4 for 5 with a homerun, 3 runs scored and 1 RBI. Cedric Mullins kept up with Mountcastle in the homerun race by going 2 for 5 with a homerun, 2 runs scored and 2 RBI. Jorge Mateo joined the homerun party by going 1 for 5 with a sixth inning homerun, 1 run scored and 2 RBI.

Trey Mancini went 3 for 5 with 1 RBI and Austin Hays went 2 for 4 with 1 run scored, 1 RBI and a walk.

Despite the offense, the Birds could not catch the Rays; there is no doubt that the Orioles are glad to see the Rays in their rear view mirror.

Box Score

2021 Record: 40-89

Next Game: Mon. Aug. 30 @ 7:07pm in Toronto

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