Baltimore came into this day game to face a Toronto Blue Jays team that had lost six of their last eight coming into this game, only scoring more than four runs once since April 12th. Toronto had scored three or fewer runs in 13 out the 21 games played so far this season before today, and had only recorded five or fewer hits in five of those games. That was not the case today as the O’s fell to the Blue Jays in 11 innings by a score of 6-5 in which the Blue Jays ended the game with eight total hits, four of them being home runs.
The O’s started an emergency pitcher for this game, Josh Stinson, a 25 year-old right hander who was called up from Double-A Frederick less than 24 hours before the game. Stinson had not started a game since October 3rd of last season for the Brewers where he gave up one run in four innings when the Brewers were facing the Padres. The O’s claimed him off waivers from the Oakland Athletics on April 4th, he has spent the last year and a half in four different organizations (New York Mets, Milwaukee, Oakland and now Baltimore). Stinson pitched five and two-thirds innings giving up five earned runs, including the Blue Jays four home runs, but still earned a no decision thanks to the Orioles offense who battled back to tie the game.
Orioles left fielder Nate McLouth, who had not gotten a hit off Blue Jay’s starter Brandon Morrow in six at-bats in the previous five years, went 2 for 3 with a double, single, an RBI, two walks and a stolen base. Second baseman Ryan Flaherty and third baseman Manny Machado both drove in RBI’s in the seventh to tie the game and the bullpen helped hold the tie to go into extra innings. Between the two bullpens in this game they pitched a combind total of 10.0 innings (O’s: 5.1 and TOR 4.2).
O’s closer Jim Johnson, who was pitching past his usual pitching limit pitching two innings, walked in the go-ahead run for the Blue Jays in the eleventh and earned the loss in this contest to cost the O’s the sweep in this series. When the O’s went to bat in the 11th with two outs they sent Chris Dickerson to pinch-hit, why wouldn’t they have just sent Matt Wieters to hit off the bench? The next game for the O’s will be a late game as they square off in Oakland with the Athletics for a four game series. Tomorrow’s game will be at 10:05 PM/ET and the pitching mathcup will be Jason Hammel facing off against Jerrod Parker.
About the Author
Written by Brendan Keelan
Former High School and College athlete (football, Wesley College)