Orioles split double header with Rays Recaps: 7/13/19

The Orioles had a lot of baseball to play on this sunny Saturday, which started with an early afternoon game in which the Birds sent waiver acquisition Aaron Brooks to the mound.

Aaron Brooks pitched well in his short start today, going 2.2 innings, allowing no runs while striking out two.

Jimmy Yacabonis would be the pitcher brought on in the third with two outs, and he gave up a solo home run. This put the Rays up 1-0.

The Orioles and Rays offense would be silent for majority of this game. Despite the solo home run, Jimmy Yacabonis would be solid through 3.1 innings, not allowing another run.

The Orioles would take the lead in the seventh, when Stevie Wilkerson blasted a two run shot that out the O’s ahead 2-1. This would be the difference maker.

The bullpen for the Orioles pitched very well in the first game, with Richard Bleier going an inning, and Mychal Givens recording the two inning save. Givens held the Rays hitless in those two innings while striking out two.

Our MSB Orioles player of the game is Stevie Wilkerson for his clutch two run shot that gave the Orioles the lead they needed in the seventh inning.

The Birds took game one 2-1, with Richard Bleier getting his first win (1-0) and Mychal Givens recording his seventh save.

Game two would have quite a different outcome. John Means got his first start since his All-Star appearance, and he was not on.

John Means would go six innings, allowing six runs off eight hits, which included three home runs.

The Rays went up 2-0 in the second, following a two run shot off the bat of Michael Brosseau.

In the fourth, John Means gave up his second home run, this one a solo shot. The Rays extended their lead to 3-0.

The Birds got two runs back in the fourth, when Stevie Wilkerson singled in Chance Sisco and Renato Nunez. This made it a close 3-2 game.

Now in the sixth, John Means allowed another RBI single that was followed by his third home run allowed. Means night would end after the sixth with the Rays up 6-2.

The Orioles bullpen would allow three more runs in the seventh, and then three more runs in the ninth. David Hess and waiver acquisition Taylor Scott were responsible for the Six runs.

Despite a home run of the bat of Hanser Alberto in the seventh, and a RBI in the ninth by Jonathan Villar, the Orioles lost 12-4.

Our MSB Oriole player of the game for game two is again Stevie Wilkerson, who went 2-4 with two RBIs.

John Means moves to 7-5 with this loss.

The Orioles host the neighboring Washington Nationals starting Tuesday, at 7:05 pm ET.

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