The slump continues for the Baltimore Orioles (14-17) as they faced a 5-4 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays (16-14) in Major League Baseball action on Friday night. It was a battle between two really good American League teams that saw the Birds fight back from two deficits and using some late inning hitting to tye the game up in the 10th Inning. At the end of what was an emotional day it was the Blue Jays that was able to earn the victory.
The Orioles were able to see hits from Ryan Mountcastle, Hanser Alberto and a homer Renato Núñez to lead the way on the offensive side of the field. On the mound John Means tossed four innings, striking out three batters and giving up four hits.
This series with the Blue Jays is a historic one for the Orioles, who are playing in Buffalo, New York for the first time since 1915. Toronto, who had to make a move to a new city and ballpark with the ongoing Coronavirus Pandemic, making Sahlen Field their temporary home. Sahlen Field is the home of the Buffalo Bisons, who are the Triple-A Affiliate of Toronto. It is first time in Orioles history they played a regular-season game at a non-Major League ballpark, per the Elias Sports Bureau.
Baltimore will look to see if the battle they had from the game on Friday can lead to a winning result in the second game against the Blue Jays on Saturday (today). The Orioles will have Alex Cobb (1-2, 3.73 ERA) on the mound to take on Blue Jays starter Taijuan Walker (2-2, 4.00 ERA). Cobb has been one of the most consistent starters for Baltimore this season, and has had some really solid starts for the team, while Walker is making his Blue Jays debut after coming over in a deal with the Mariners.
First Pitch between the Orioles and Blue Jays is set for 6:37 p.m. with the action set to air on the MASN Network.