Saturday’s Orioles game against the Blue Jays in the Rogers Centre must have looked like Toronto scheduled extended batting practice. Nine of the Blue Jays ten runs were a result of the five homeruns hit off of Baltimore pitching. The remaining run scored on a RBI double; overall, nine of Toronto’s fourteen hits were for extra-bases. In contrast, the Orioles had just two hits in the game, one for extra-bases.
The Orioles scored their lone run in the second inning when Trey Mancini (1 for 3), who doubled and took third on a Kelvin Gutierrez (0 for 3) flyout, scored on a Ryan McKenna (0 for 3, 1 RBI) groundout to second.
Fourteen straight Orioles were retired during the middle innings until Richie Martin (1 for 3) recorded the Orioles second hit with his eighth inning two-out single.
Ten of the Orioles 29 at-bats ended by strikeout. The team worked Toronto pitching for just 1 walk and had one batter hit by a pitch (Austin Hays, 0 for 3).
John Means, making his final start of 2021, surrendered 3 Toronto homeruns and finished the day with a line that he would certainly like to forget. The southpaw allowed 7 runs (6 earned) on 7 hits with 2 strikeouts and 1 wild pitch thrown in 3.0 innings of work. Means finished 2021 with a 6-9 record, a 3.62 ERA, a 1.03 WHIP and 134 strikeouts over 146.2 innings pitched in 26 starts.
Konner Wade, who relieved Means, allowed 3 runs on 6 hits with 3 strikeouts and 2 homeruns allowed over 2.2 innings pitched.
Spencer Watkins had a modicum of success or maybe just benefited from tired Blue Jays hitters as he pitched the final 2.1 innings of the game; he allowed 1 hit and struck out 1.
2021 Record: 52-109
The Final Game of 2021: Sun. Oct. 3 @ 3:07pm