It was a big day for the Baltimore Orioles (23-31) in their 2-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays (35-19) in Major League Baseball action on Sunday. It was big thanks to starter John Means, who had a career-high 12 strikeouts to help his team snap a four game losing streak.
The Orioles offense gave Means an early two run lead, thanks to Renato Núñez who was able to drive in two runs with his single to center field in the bottom of the First Inning. Means took the game from there mixing up his pitches and was able to record all but five outs via strikeout across 5 2/3 innings of one-run ball. As a team the Orioles pitchers were able to strike out 16 Rays in total, which broke a club record set on September 18, 1968.
There were a ton of records that Means was able to set with his amazing performance against the Rays, becoming the first Oriole Pitcher to strike out at least 12 in a game since Dylan Bundy on May 24, 2018, and the first to accomplish this feat without walking a batter since Erik Bedard on July 7, 2007.
Baltimore has seen some huge improvements in their starting rotation this season, and that is something that fans are hoping to enjoy as the club continues to build a contending team for the 2021 Major League Baseball season.
The Orioles will have a day off before going up to Boston and taking on the Red Sox in a three-game series starting on Tuesday. Taking the mound for Baltimore will be Keegan Akin (1-1, 3.38 ERA) who is set to take on Boston starter Nick Pivetta (0-0, 15.88 ERA).
For Akin, the rookie was able to sit down nine Braves batters in his last outing, including six in a row at one point. As for Pivetta, this will be the first start for the righty since being acquired from the Philadelphia Phillies last month. Pivetta has been able to build up his pitch count at the alternate training site.
The game between the Orioles and Red Sox is set to start at 7:30 p.m. with the action airing on the MASN Network.
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