To look away from the diamond on Tuesday night was to ignore the absurd, to ignore the ridiculous and to ignore the permanent. Cracks of the bat that preceded the cheers or groans around Fenway Park. It was an endless cycle, with pitchers shaking their heads as runners circled the basepaths at an alarming rate.
In just the first four innings between the Red Sox and Orioles — an affair that took longer than some nine-inning games — there were team records set, a major league record tied and a total of 21 runs scored. . Anthony Santander had his sixth home run in his last four games and fourth in two nights. Kyle Bradish and Jake Reid were plunking batters with the bases loaded.
Grab a baseball bingo board and prepare to scream, the board is completely done. The Red Sox’ 13-9 win over the Orioles clinched it all – just eight games away from a much-needed win for the Orioles to keep pace with the Seattle Mariners in the race for the final American League wild-card spot. Play.
“We know time is running out,” Santander said through team spokesman Brendan Quines. “But there’s still time to do what we need to do.”
Aggressive rain from both sides continued on Monday, with Baltimore beat Boston 14-8. To get the final road trip of the season on a positive note. Despite scoring all the runs, the Orioles needed just three pitchers, saving arms for what turned into the second wild game of the four-game set.
It started with Bradish, who pitched a dominant 8 2/3 innings against the Houston Astros on Thursday. But the command he showed last week eluded him in his 2 1/3 innings on Tuesday, posting a career-low strikeout percentage (51.8%) with four walks, a hit batter and his Thrown with seven runs against.
At 60 pitches over two innings, manager Brandon Hyde knew “we had some issues there.”
While Bradish’s curveball and slider were two of his best pitches against the Astros, he leaned on his four-seam fastball more often as Bradish struck out just seven of 18 batters he faced. .
“They weren’t coming down for strikes,” Bradish said. “Houston, everything was working for me. Today, nothing really.”
And the streak didn’t stop there, as right-handers Joey Krahbel and Reed combined to give up six runs over the next two innings as second baseman Rogund Oder’s second error proved costly. Rookie left-hander DL Hall stopped the flow with two scoreless innings with three strikeouts, and Brian Baker, Seanal Perez and Dylan Tate each went scoreless to keep the Red Sox within striking distance. Added the frame.
But the use of Baker, Perez and Tate wasn’t ideal for Hyde, who tired a bullpen that had already been taxed the past four games. Right-hander Dan Kramer has the responsibility of going the long way on Wednesday.
“With the last two games [against] “Houston where we used the bullpen, and the way the game went last night, it was going to be tough to finish the game,” Hyde said. “Fortunately, we did. Unfortunately, I had to use a few guys I didn’t want to use.
The Orioles had the offensive firepower needed to get the win, but the instability of Baltimore’s pitching staff over those first four innings held them back. Adele Ritchman ripped a long ball around Pesci’s pole in right field in the third, and Santander continued its strong stretch at the plate with two more home runs. With those two blasts, Santander became the first player since San Diego’s Ken Caminetti in 1996 to hit homers from both sides of the plate four times in a season.
“The personal stuff is great,” Santander said. “I’m glad I was able to come through those big hits to bring the team forward and tie the game in those big situations. Unfortunately, we didn’t get the result we wanted tonight.
Ramón Urías, back in the lineup and playing third base after missing the last two games as he dealt with spasms between his neck and right shoulder, was twice off the cycle. But Urias didn’t have a chance to reach that milestone, leaving in the fifth inning with a strained right knee. He limped off the field in the second inning after an awkward slide at home plate, then needed help limping off the field in the fifth. Hyde said the team will further evaluate Ureas on Wednesday.
Before the sixth inning, the Orioles had at least one base runner in each of the first 14 innings of the series. He jumped on right-hander Michael Wacha, hitting at least three triples and three homers in a single game for the first time in franchise history. Wacha was wasted in his shortest start of the season, allowing six runs on eight hits in 3 1/3 frames.
“We told ourselves to try to get ahead in the count, not fall behind in the two-strike count,” Santander said. “Stick him to us and go out there and be aggressive when we face him.”
But that dent on Wacha’s season was overshadowed by the crisis wrought by Baltimore’s pitching staff.
The Orioles threatened one last time, loading the bases in the ninth inning. But a double play by Austin Hayes ended that chance — and ended the game, leaving Baltimore’s magic number at six.
After the game, Santner emphasized that Wednesday is a new day, a new opportunity. However, those days are coming to an end. And with each loss, reality creeps closer, even as Orioles players repeat a similar mantra with just one week remaining.
“There’s still a possibility,” Bradish said.
Marking the Green Monster
Wide-eyed, Kyle Stowers and Gunner Henderson poked their heads into the Green Monster, then looked for a place to sign their names. Here’s the tradition — for new players who visit Fenway Park, they have a chance to leave their mark.
And while Storrs already kind of hit a giant wall with an RBI triple on Monday, he and Henderson hit the markers instead of the bats on Tuesday afternoon. They found a spot on the low concrete roof, where Henderson signed his first name: Gunner.
“That’s how you know you’re big-time,” Storrs joked. “You can only sign your first name.”
Hall and Reid also signed the wall, making their first trip to the historic site. As they looked around, they commented on some of the names they saw, including former Orioles infielder Pete Walecka. Reid signed his name ahead of Orioles pitchers Dan Kramer and Nick Vespi.
around the horn
- Right-hander Mike Bowman will start for the Orioles in Thursday’s series finale against the Boston Red Sox, Hyde said. Bowman then made his second consecutive start. Right-hander Tyler Wells’ season ended on the 15-day injured list. Due to right shoulder inflammation. In his last outing, Bowman allowed two runs in four innings against the Astros.
- Infielder Taryn Vavra said he felt a “zinger” in his left hamstring when he grounded out of a double play Sunday, knocking him out of the lineup for the second straight game. He said he was available off the bench if needed, but near the end of the season, Vavra said he “didn’t want to do anything too aggressive” to cause a bigger problem.
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