Game 1- Tired of the losses, Machado lit a fire in the Orioles offense and the fireworks started with a two-run homer on the first. Orioles lead 2-1 until the sixth, Jonathan Schoop ripped an RBI double adding to the lead, 3-1. Mark Trumbo homered in the seventh, Orioles lead 4-1 and then the postgame fireworks started. Or did they, Machado then hit his 150 homer of his career and in a big way by hitting a Grand-Slam.
Kevin Gausman followed his nine inning outing vs. Oakland with another great performance. Tossing 7.1 IP, 2 ER, 6 K, & W. Orioles would take game one, winning 9-4.
Game 2- Making his first Major League start, RHP Davis Hess had a rude awaken in the first inning. Hess struggled early and then led to the Rays only runs of the game off Matt Duffy’s three-run homer. Hess would later settle down and pitch 6.0 IP, 3 ER, 3 K, 0 BB.
Orioles offense would fight back for their young guy, scoring three runs in the second tying the game 3-3. Jonathan Schoop started it off homering to left, Chance Sisco then hit an RBI double, and later performing a perfect double steal Sisco stole home. The Bash-Bros then made their comeback hitting back-to-back homers, first Machado to center then Schoop to left. Orioles would hold onto the lead and win game one of the double header 6-3.
Game 3- Game two of the double header was different for the Orioles. Alex Cobb would get a chance to show his old team what they’re missing, but the Rays instead showed the Orioles what offense they have. Cobb final line 5.2 IP, 3 ER, 5 K, & L.
Nothing brewing for the Orioles offense, Mancini lead the team homering to lead off the game and hitting an RBI single but that wasn’t enough. Orioles fell 10-3 to the Rays.
Game 4- The finally of a four game set, Sunday brought a Happy Mother’s Day and a happy Joey Rickard to Baltimore. In his second call-up of the 2018 season, Rickard got the start in left and had a great day at the plate having his first big league multi-homer game.
Orioles offense celebrated, not only celebrating with all the Mothers at the game but also joined in on their form of kids run the bases. Valencia started things off homering, followed by Rickard’s first homer, then again Mancini homered to give the Orioles a 3-0 lead after two. The hit parade counted in the fourth, Machado hit an RBI double, Schoop then singled to score two, Valencia added an RBI, and then again Rickard homered to give the Orioles a 11-0 lead.
Is it time to stretch? Not yet, the Orioles offense added six runs in the seventh giving the Orioles a 17-0 lead. Keeping the lead, the Orioles closed the game only allowing five hits in a 17-1 win vs. Tampa Bay. Good news for the Orioles ace Dylan Bundy bounced back from his seven run, no out first inning vs Kansas City. Bundy threw 7.0 IP, 0 ER, 7 K, 4 BB, & 2 H. Baltimore, last in the AL East for now (13-28) got hot during the home stand, winning five of their six games at Camden Yards.
Orioles RHP Andrew Cashner (1-4, 4.84 ERA) will open the series against visiting Philadelphia on Tuesday.