The Streak Continues: O’s blank Jays 7-0
It was the battle of the aces early as the Baltimore Orioles and the Toronto Blue Jays met at Camden Yards last night. The O’s trotted out right-hander Dean Kremer, who came in with a record of 11-5 and an ERA of 4.31. The Blue Jays handed the ball to right-hander Kevin Gausman, who held a record of 9-7 and an ERA of 3.23.
It was all pitching through four, the only run coming on a Ryan Mountcastle single that scored Gunnar Henderson from second base. Baltimore was able to tack on another run in the fifth inning with an Anthony Santander home run to right field. It was a very impressive homer for Tony, as the ball was only .96 feet off the ground when he made contact. Gausman was able to finish the sixth, giving up 2 runs on 5 hits (8 Ks, 1 BB). He was outdueled by his opponent, as Dean Kremer pitched 6 scoreless innings, scattering 5 hits (5 Ks, 0 BB).
Toronto called on flame thrower Genesis Cabrera to pitch the seventh inning. Cabrera completed it with ease, pitching a 1-2-3 scoreless 7th on 17 pitches (1 K, 0 BB). It was all Baltimore after that, as they attacked Blue Jays pitcher Trevor Richards.
Anthony Santander came to the plate in the bottom of the 8th. He led off with a 370′ blast out to the flag court for his second home run in as many at-bats. This was followed by a Ryan Mountcastle walk and a Ryan O’Hearn single. Both Ryan’s advanced on a wild pitch by Richards, but an errant throw into center field by catcher Danny Jansen allowed Mountcastle to score, and O’Hearn swiped third base. O’Hearn was brought in by Cedric Mullins on a sacrifice fly, making it 5-0 Baltimore.
The rough inning continued for Richards and the Jays. Jordan Westburg and Ramon Urias both reached on singles and took an extra base on another wild pitch by Trevor Richards. The inning was capped off by an Adley Rutschman single, scoring both Westburg and Urias. The score was 7-0 heading into the ninth, where Shintaro Fujinami struck out the side.
This wasn’t just any normal win. The Orioles extended their streak of series played without being swept to 80 series. This is the fourth-longest streak of all-time, trailing only the 1922-24 Yankees (83), 1903-05 Giants (106), and the 1942-44 Cardinals (125). This does not include the postseason, so if the Orioles want to beat the Cardinals record, they’ll have to do it next September at home against the San Francisco Giants.