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.
2021 Record: 40-89
Next Game: Mon. Aug. 30 @ 7:07pm in Toronto