The Baltimore Orioles (15-19) are looking for their top prospects to step-up, and there were a few examples of that in the team’s 4-3 Extra Inning thriller over the Toronto Blue Jays (18-15) on Monday Night.
It started with pitcher Keegan Akin, who made his first Major League Baseball start after two relief appearances. The lefty was able to strike out six batters in 4.1 innings. Another top prospect that was able to step up was Dillon Tate, who was able to go 2.1 innings and striking out two batters.
The Baltimore bats were able to come to life in the victory as Anthony Santander was able to rip a clutch RBI double in the Sixth Inning to help tie up the game. Jose Iglesias and Bryan Holaday were both able to lace some clutch doubles in the victory.
While the Orioles were in the middle of the nail-biter against the Blue Jays, the team had sent lift by sending Miguel Castro to the New York Mets for LHP Kevin Smith and player-to-be-named-later or cash consideration.
The Orioles will be heading to Oriole Park at Camden Yards for a two game series against the Mets starting on Tuesday. On the mound for Baltimore will be Asher Wojciechowski (1-3, 5.13 ERA), who is going up against a pitcher to be named.
It’ll be interesting to see if the young arms of the Orioles will continue to cash in on the opportunities that they have been given, and if the team as a whole has been able to snap out of the slump that they have been in.
The game between the Orioles and the Mets is set to start at 7:35 p.m. with the action airing on the MASN and SNY Networks.
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