The Orioles yet again reminded Birdland that their opponent will always need 27 outs to put them away. For the 4th time in 5 games, the O’s came from behind, to secure a victory, this time, scoring 3 runs on 1 big hit.
With dark storm clouds hovering over Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Mark Trumbo worked a 6-pitch walk from Dellin Betances in the 8th inning to put him on for the first time this afternoon. He had previously went 0-3 against CC Sabathia. Chris Davis then came up and sent a 95-mph right back up the gut on a line, to advance Trumbo to 2nd. Nolan Reimold was the next batter, who saw 7 pitches before Betances struck him out on a 97-mph fastball. From that point, the grounds crew was signaled onto the field, and the rain delay began.
An hour and 37 minute delay to be more precise.
When play resumed, the remaining crowd at Camden Yards was treated to better seats, and a new pitcher, Aroldis Chapman. The hard throwing right hander came on to face Jonathan Schoop. Four pitches later, Schoop was struck out on a 100-mph fastball. Francisco Pena was the next batter, and did not waste any time jumping on a 99-mph fastball, sending it to right field, to load the bases. With two outs, Matt Wieters came on to pinch hit for Ryan Flaherty. On an 0-2 count, Chapman delivered a 101-mph fastball to Wieters, who got his bat out in front of the pitch, and sent it into center field, for not 1, not 2, but 3 runs on the board for the O’s. Jacoby Ellsbury was charged with a throwing error which allowed Francisco Pena to score from first.
The Orioles got another quality start from Kevin Gausman, who went 6 innings, allowing only 1 run, while scattering 7 hits. Gausman threw 104 pitches (70 strikes), while walking 2, and striking out 5. Yet another tough luck outing though, as the Orioles offense was unable to come through until the bottom of the 8th, thus making this the 9th straight start this season where Gausman has been unable to record a victory.
Zach Britton came on in the 9th to close it out, and record his 17th save of the year, tied for 1st place in the AL, with Francisco Rodriguez of the Tigers.
Don’t look for Fenway Park scoreboard operators to tell you, but the Orioles are back in first place, via percentage points (.582)