Orioles Take Series Win Against Kansas City

Big Bad Morning Show
August 22, 2019 - 10:42 am

BALTIMORE -- Orioles take the series Wednesday night against the Kansas City Royals. The Birds tied the record for most home runs allowed in a single season, however they still took the ‘W’ hitting four of their own.  

It took Aaron Brooks three pitches to retire the first two batters, and another 11 finished the inning.  

After a scoreless first inning for both the Royals and the Orioles, a leadoff walk by Renato Nunez was followed by a two-run home run for Jonathan Villar and the Orioles were in the lead 2-0.  Pedro Severino reached base on a double, followed by a line drive by DJ Stewart that just missed Whit Merrifield's glove. It was a RBI-double for Stevie Wilkerson.  Stewart was called out previously for an attempted steal at second base.  Bases were loaded after Richie Martin getting hit by a pitch, and a walk by Hanser Alberto.  Three were left stranded as a groundout double play was made to end the inning.   

Brooks earned his third win of the year and first as an Oriole.  He allowed just one run on seven hits.  That one run was the home run that tied the record for most home runs a team has allowed in a season.  That home run was in the third inning from leadoff hitter Whit Merrifield. Merrifield's bomb in the third inning tied the record for most home runs in a season.  It was home run No. 258 tying the MLB record set by the Cincinnati Reds in 2016.  

“We’ve given up a ton of homers.  What’s the record?  I don’t even know what it is.  How many? 258?  So if it’s 259 or 330 - I don’t care,” Brandon Hyde said,  “I just want us to get better on the mound and obviously we have to finish this year and go into next year trying to do a better job of keeping the ball in the ballpark and staying off the barrel.  But homers are up.”

The home run was the only run allowed by Baltimore Wednesday night.  The next runs were back-to-back home runs in the fifth inning by Anthony Santander and Renato Nunez.  Santander snapped his 0-for-36 streak and Nunez with his 28thhome run gave Baltimore a stronger lead 5-1.  It was the 3rd time Orioles have had back-to-back bombs, first since June 4thwhen the Birds beat the Rangers 12-11.  

Paul Fry took the mound for the sixth inning to face a few lefties.  Two punch outs and a fly out to right field finished the inning with Fry only facing three batters.  

Lefty Tim Hill was the second pitcher for the Royals and the change happened in the sixth inning.  LHP Tim Hill. With one out and Stewart and Martin on base came up Alberto.  Alberto smacked his ninth home run of the year and the Orioles were up now 8-1.  The lefty only reached base once before his homer, and it was a walk in the second inning.  

The seventh inning came Shawn Armstrong to face the bottom of the line up.  He only faced four batters but the inning could have ended earlier.  DJ Stewart attempted to catch Soler's pop up but the ball dropped out of Stewart’s glove keeping the play alive and allowing Soler to reach second base.  

Richard Bleier came in to finish the game for the Orioles.  He struck out three of the six batters he faced on 27 pitches.  After a tough road trip, it was nice for Baltimore to get a series win. “We had some tough matchups there and we had some games that got away from us and some games that we probably had a pretty good chance to win, so definitely a nice bounce back series here for the club.  A lot of guys had nice game and a nice series overall.”

Baltimore get their eighth series win this season and are now 41-86, while Brooks records his first win as an Oriole.  Orioles now have a four game series with the Tampa Bay Rays.