Manchester, MD – I’m going to keep this short and sweet. Much like the series that the Baltimore Orioles just split with the New York Mets.
The first of two began on Tuesday with Kevin Guasman taking on the Mets’ most polished starter in my opinion, Jacob deGrom. With a pitching rotation practically full of number one aces, deGrom has been the backbone of that rotation in 2015. He threw 7 2/3 innings of one-run ball and earned his 12th win of the season on Tuesday. The Orioles hitters had nothing to show for but once deGrom was pulled in the eighth, they were able to show some signs of life.
Trailing 5-1 heading into the ninth, the Mets’ bullpen was unable to put the O’s away without a fight. Baltimore was able to load the bases with no outs and would push across two runs on bases loaded walks to cut the lead to 5-3. Manny came up with two outs, looking to be the hero for the second time in a week, but New York’s closer Jeurys Familia was able to produce a groundout to third to end it. The Orioles struggles against arguably one of the best pitchers in all of baseball was fully expected, but turned out to be the difference maker in the series opener. On to Wednesday.
The Orioles got Noah Syndergaard on Wednesday. Syndergaard, who was called up earlier in the season to make his major league debut and fill a spot in the Mets’ starting rotation, has had no trouble showing just how talented he is. At the unripe age of 22.
Baltimore was able to challenge the first-year starter and loaded the bases in the first with no outs. Frustratingly enough, Syndergaard was able to escape the jam and the Orioles were unable to score a run. Usually I would’ve gotten up and walked out of the room but being that the O’s have done just the same at least a handful of times already this season, I just smirked and thought to myself #ThatsSoOs. Typical outcome.
Wouldn’t you know it… following the blown opportunity by the Orioles in the first inning, Syndergaard regrouped and retired the next eight batters he faced. Steve Clevenger was able to notch an RBI single in the fourth to cut the lead to 2-1, but of course, the Mets answered right back in the fifth to make it 3-1. In the sixth, the Orioles did a little responding of their own with a Jonathan Schoop two-run shot into the left field stands that tied things up at 3. Back and forth, back and forth. The Mets retook the lead in the seventh on a Wilmer Flores solo shot. The guy who cried in the field when he thought he had been traded to the Milwaukee Brewers. Safe to say he wasn’t crying then. On to the eighth. Adam Jones smacked a CLUTCH solo home run over the fence in left center to tie things up ONCE AGAIN. I went bananas. The Yankees had already defeated the Twins… I knew the O’s needed this game. I almost couldn’t stand to watch the Mets bat in the eighth and ninth. Stress levels have been that of an elevator with this team lately. The bullpen came through though. Props to Matusz and Britton. Due up first in the bottom of the ninth for the Orioles was Henry Urrutia. With a one ball – two strike count, Urrutia took Carlos Torres over the opposite field fence to give the O’s their third walk-off win of the home stand. I don’t make this stuff up!
It was Urrutia’s first career home run and WOW, it couldn’t have come at a more fitting time.
Huge win for the Orioles. Buck and his boys celebrated I’m sure, but they turn right back around tomorrow and welcome the Minnesota Twins into town for another important four-game series. The only thing I can say about this series is, the Twins have the worst road record in the American League at 21-37. The Orioles better make sure to not let them forget that. Oh and a few losses by the Yankees and Blue Jays in the next four days wouldn’t hurt either.