The Baltimore Orioles came into Fenway for the finale of two-game series with the Boston Red Sox in hopes of ending their two-game losing streak on the season and their five-game losing streak against the Sox dating back to last season. In order to do that the O’s would have to score more runs which had been issue thus far as they had scored only three runs or less in four of their first six games. Thanks to an early shelling of the tough to beat Sox knuckleballer Steven Wright four runs into the game, the O’s would succeed winning by a score 12-5. Baltimore also broke a six-game streak of three or less runs scored against Boston and hit four home runs in the first two innings for the first time since August 19, 2016 vs Houston.
Despite a nine-run cushion O’s starting right-handed pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez was hit the “foul ball bug” which was one of the reasons he was unable to become eligible to earn the win tonight. He finished the night pitching four and one-third of an inning giving up five runs on eight hits with two walks and one strikeout. Converted outfielder Trey Mancini tonight hit not one but two home runs in his first two at-bats, driving four runs in the game; he now has four home runs and eight RBI’s in his career against the Red Sox. The O’s batted around the lineup in the first inning which also included RBI’s by Manny Machado (1-for-5, one run) and Mark Trumbo (2-for-5, one run), and a solo homer by Jonathan Schoop (2-for-4, two RBI’s & one run); none of them had a batting average over .231 in 12 at-bats against knuckleballers. More solo homers would be hit by the O’s in the second inning by Adam Jones (2-for-5, one run) and Chris Davis (3-for-5, two runs); Jones’ homer was his 13th career homer at Fenway Park and his 27th against the Red Sox. Wellington Castillo went 3-for-5 with two RBI’s and two runs and J.J. Hardy went 2-for-4.
Red Sox starting right-handed knuckleball pitcher Steven Wright came in with a 2.47 career ERA against the American League East which was the fourth lowest among active pitchers through 80 innings pitched. He had his knuckleball slapped all over the place giving up eight runs on eight hits which included four home runs in just one and one-third of an inning earning the loss. Boston’s comeback started in the third with a double by Chris Young (2-for-4, one run) which led to a sacrifice fly by Andrew Benintendi. Xander Bogaerts went 3-for-4 with two RBI’s and Pablo Sandoval went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run in the fourth. Mitch Moreland doubled tonight for the sixth straight game and went 1-for-3 on the game with a walk.
Trey Mancini is the first Oriole in history to hit five home runs in his first ten career Major League games. O’s reliever Mychal Givens earned the win improving to 2-0 on the season. Baltimore will continue their nine-game road trip and travel to Toronto to start a four-game series with the Blue Jays who they swept in a two-game series to start the 2017 season. Starting pitchers will be: Kevin Gausman (BAL 0-0 5.40 ERA) vs. Francisco Liriano (TOR 0-0 135.00 ERA).
About the Author
Written by Brendan Keelan
Former High School and College athlete (football, Wesley College).