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)

Saturday’s game with the Red Sox started out looking like it would be a high-scoring affair as the Orioles scored 2 runs in their half of the first inning which were countered by 3 in Boston’s half of the inning. The Orioles then tied the game with a run in their half of the second inning. Unfortunately for the Birds, the bats didn’t cooperate as the team that had 5 hits after two innings was limited to just 4 hits over the final seven innings and fell th the Red Sox by a score of 9-3.

Ryan Mountcastle’s (2 for 4, 1 Run Scored, 2 RBI, 1 BB) 30th homerun of the year, hit in the first inning, scored Cedric Mullins (2 for 4, 1 Run Scored, 1 BB, 2 SB), who doubled to lead off the game. Austin Wynns (1 for 4, 1 Run Scored, 1 RBI) hit his 4th homerun of the season in the second inning, ending the scoring for the Orioles.

Zac Lowther started and did not get out of the 4th inning, allowing 3 runs on 5 hits with 2 walks and 2 strikeouts over 3.1 innings.

The pitcher of record was Mike Baumann who allowed 5 runs on 6 hits, including a Xander Bogaerts homerun in the 6th inning, with a walk and 2 strikeouts over 2.0 innings. Baumann is now 1-1 on the season.

This pattern of scoring early only to see the hits dry up late in the game and finally lose the game has occurred far too frequently in 2021.

Box Score

2021 Record: 47-101

Next Game: Sun. Sept. 19 @ 1:10pm

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