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Orioles Fall 5-4 to Blue Jays

Bullpen Falters in the 9th

June 08, 2018 - 10:25 am

By Austin Medina

The Orioles were destined for their third straight victory. That was until the closer Brad Brach came in for the save.

The O’s struck first with a sacrifice fly by Manny Machado, who always seems to have his fingerprints in an Orioles score.

Orioles pitcher David Hess had a minor hitch in the first, as Curtis Granderson roped a solo homerun to tie the game at 1-1. From then on, Hess dealt six innings and struck out four batters in a solid performance.

In the top of the seventh inning, Austin Wynns hit his first career major league homerun to give the O’s the lead. The next inning, Danny Valencia and Mark Trumbo followed suit with solo homeruns respectively to push the score to 4-1.

Everything was going well for Baltimore until the bottom of the ninth. With runners on second and third, Brach allowed a two-run double to Randal Grichik to squeeze the Orioles lead 4-3. Brach was clearly rattled as he walked the next batter, Devon Travis. Kevin Pillar followed with a game-tying RBI single. Brach’s night was done and the O’s were on to extra innings.

Relief pitcher Miguel Castro helped Brach out of the shaky situation yet didn’t have much success in the 10th inning.

After a leadoff double by Blue Jays Teoscar Hernandez and an intentional walk, Aledmys Diaz smoked an RBI single to walk-off.

The Blue Jays came all the way back and captured a 5-4 win.