Sunday’s game with the Kansas City Royals at Oriole Park at Camden Yards celebrated the 25th anniversary of Eddie Murray hitting his 500th homerun and also featured the return of LHP Zac Lowther to the big club. Lowther handled this return quite well but the same could not be said of the team.
Lowther gave the Orioles a quality start, allowing 1 run on former Oriole Hanser Alberto’s 5th inning homerun and 3 total hits while walking 2, striking out 2 and hitting a batter over 6.0 innings. The bullpen was put in a difficult position when Jorge Lopez turned his right ankle making a play at first base for the first out of the 7th inning; the injury forced a scramble in the bullpen.
Conner Greene wrapped up Lopez’s 7th and allowed 1 hit.
Cole Sulser pitched the 8th inning and allowed 2 runs on 4 hits with 1 punch-out to allow the Royals to take the lead and in the end was tagged with the loss.
Recently acquired Zack Burdi made his Baltimore debut in the 9th and walked 1 and struck out 1, holding the Royals to just their 3 runs. Sadly, the offense could not mount a comeback.
Cedric Mullins (2 for 4, 1 Run Scored, 1 RBI) hit his 26th homerun of the season in the 5th inning.
Austin Hays (1 for 4, 1 RBI) extended his hitting streak to 13 games with a 3rd inning RBI-single.
The Orioles are now 19-45 at OPACY.
2021 Record: 43-93
Next Game: Tues. Sept. 7 @ 7:05pm