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Orioles Use Five-Run First Inning to Avoid Sweep Against White Sox

September 16, 2018 - 6:04 pm

By Joe Schiller

Facing a three-game sweep against the Chicago White Sox on Sunday afternoon, the Baltimore Orioles used an offensive surge to come away with an 8-4 win.

Baltimore’s offense was powered by the small ball as they jumped out to an early lead in the first inning.  

Following a leadoff double from Cedric Mullins and a Joey Rickard grounder that was ruled a fielder’s choice, Jonathan Villar and Adam Jones tallied back-to-back RBI singles to put the Orioles up 2-0.

Mullins and Villar led the offense with three and four hits respectively.

The Orioles tacked on three more runs to take a 5-0 lead in the first inning by way of DJ Stewart, Breyvic Valera, and an error.

It was Stewart’s first major league RBI and he got quite the ovation from the home crowd, including Baltimore Ravens rookie tight end, Hayden Hurst.

Lucas Giolito’s shaky start put the White Sox in a hole they could never come out of. He allowed six runs on four hits through six innings.

David Hess was solid for the Orioles through the first four innings - despite giving up a solo shot to Daniel Palka in the second inning – but was roughed up midway through the fifth after giving up two home runs to bring the White Sox within two runs.

David Meisinger got out of the fifth-inning jam, earning his first major league win. The backend of bullpen thwarted any chance of a comeback from the White Sox. Tanner Scott, Miguel Castro, and Paul Fry allowed just two hits combined through 3.2 innings, striking out seven batters in the process. 

Home runs from Villar and Jones added on insurance as the Orioles picked up their 43rd win of the season. While the 2018 campaign has been nothing short of disappointing, any chance to salvage momentum is positive for a rebuilding team heading into the offseason. 

The Toronto Blue Jays come into town tomorrow night to finish out the current homestand. A starting pitcher for the Orioles has yet to be announced.