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The Orioles suffer heartbreaking loss in extra innings, fall 8-7 to Toronto

July 21, 2018 - 12:05 am

By Logan Levy

The Orioles suffered their 70th loss of the season as they lost 8-7 in extra innings to the Toronto Blue Jays. In the first game of a three-game series, Baltimore was trailing early but mounted an impressive comeback, including a three-run ninth inning. 

Dylan Bundy took the mound for the Orioles, and he was lockdown for the first two innings: three up, three down. In the third inning, he allowed a solo homer to Aledmys Diaz. 

Baltimore’s offense responded with a two-run fifth inning. With Renato Núñez on second base, Tim Beckham homered to centerfield to give the Orioles the lead.

The lead would not last for long as Bundy struggled in the bottom of the fifth inning. He allowed four hits and four runs. It started with back-to-back solo home runs by Russell Martin and Randal Grichuk. Following those homers, Teoscar Hernandez hit a sacrifice fly, which brought Devon Travis home. The next batter, Justin Smoak, picked up a RBI double to extend Toronto’s lead to three.

Bundy’s night ended after the fifth inning. In total, he went five innings allowing five hits, five runs, and recording three strikeouts on 79 pitches.

 Jhan Marinez pitched the sixth, and he was impressive. He did not allow a hit as he picked up one strikeout in a three up, three down inning. 

Mychal Givens entered the game in the seventh, and it was a poor showing for him. After a leadoff single by Diaz, Travis tripled to right field to extend their lead to four. The next batter, Curtis Granderson, picked up an RBI single to push their lead to five. In total, Givens allowed three hits and two runs, while only picking up one strikeout on 24 pitches.

In the eighth inning, Baltimore’s comeback began. With Adam Jones on second base and two outs, Chris Davis hit a home run to cut the deficit to three.

After a quick inning in the bottom of the eighth led by Brad Brach, the Orioles came out with a vengeance in the ninth. Trey Mancini started the ninth with a double, but he reached third due to a throwing error. After a wild pitch, Mancini scored. With one out, Caleb Joseph homered to left field to cut the lead to one. 

Two batters later, Jonathan Schoop homered to left field to tie the game at seven.

Miguel Castro entered the ninth in an attempt to keep the game tied at seven. Castro allowed one hit, while intentionally walking Granderson. With two outs and runners on second and third, Paul Fry entered the game for Castro. 

Fry struck out Smoak in five pitches to send the game into extra innings. After a quiet 10th inning for the Orioles, Toronto started a two-out rally. Fry picked up two outs after the first two batters but found himself in a dangerous situation three batters later. With runners on first and second, Diaz hit the game-winning RBI single.

This game was essentially a microcosm of Baltimore’s season: bad bounces of the ball, defensive errors, and horrible luck. The Orioles will look to bounce back from this heartbreaking loss on Saturday. 

Quick hits:

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