Baseball is literally a game of inches and the Baltimore Orioles (12-9) just lost by inches to the Washington Nationals (8-11) by a final score of 6-5 in Major League Baseball action today (Sunday). The Birds saw the return of starter John Means, who was away from the team to mourn the loss of his father.
It wasn’t the start that Means or the Orioles were hoping for as he was unable to get out of the first inning, giving up three runs on four hits. Until he is able to build his pitch count back up again it is projected that manager Brandon Hyde will have the duo of Means and Jorge López combining on most of the starts for the season.
The Baltimore bats were able to battle and scrap all throughout the game as they were able to see monster shots from Anthony Santander, who left the park twice and another shot from Pedro Severino to keep the team in the game.
Washington was just able to keep the Birds bats off balance for the rest of the game and wound up with the victory, in what was an emotional day for everyone at Oriole Park at Camden Yards.
One of the things that Hyde has been preaching to the team is to flush the games they were not happy with out of their system and to focus on the next game. Baltimore will now get ready to host the Toronto Blue Jays for a three-game series starting tomorrow (Monday).
Baltimore has yet to determine their starter for the game tomorrow, while the Blue Jays are projected to have starter Hyun-jin Ryu (1-1, 4.05 ERA) on the mound. Not a ton of Orioles have experience with Ryu as only Patrick Valaika and Jose Iglesias have batting averages against the starter.
The game between the Orioles and Blue Jays is scheduled for 7:35 p.m. with the action set to air on the MASN Network.
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