Baltimore Orioles Still a Game Behind

By Lance Rinker
Buck Showalter

It seems like forever ago that the Baltimore Orioles lost a one-run ballgame but that’s exactly what happened yesterday afternoon as the Boston Red Sox avoided being swept with a 2-1 victory over the Orioles.

The game wasn’t without a little bit of controversy though, as home plate umpire Al Porter appeared to have missed a call that would have given Matt Wieters the walk to lead off the top of the ninth inning. Instead he ended up grounding out on the very next pitch and in hindsight that missed call by Porter really changed the outcome of the game because the Orioles would have scored a run had Wieters been on first base like he was supposed to be.

Because of that blown call the Orioles now have to settle for the series win, instead of the three-game sweep, and accept the fact that they are still one game behind the New York Yankees as they prepare to take on the Toronto Blue Jays in today’s double-header.  

The first game begins at 4:05 pm and Steve Johnson will be taking the mound for the Orioles and he will be opposed by Henderson Alvarez.

Johnson has appeared in 10 games this season, two starts, and has accumulated a 1.91 ERA and 37 strikeouts over just 28.1 innings of work. In his last start, on August 26, Johnson allowed just two runs on four hits with seven strikeouts over six innings of work. The team he faced in his last start was actually the Blue Jays and if his prior success against them is any indication the Orioles are in for a good time.

Alvarez is coming off of a disappointing loss against the Yankees after he gave up three runs over seven innings in a 4-2 loss last week. In four career starts against the Orioles Alvarez is 1-1 with a 2.48 ERA, pitching at least seven innings and allowing three or fewer runs in each start.

If it’s any consolation, the Blue Jays have hit just .182 and have been outscored 24-9 when facing the Orioles in Baltimore this season so there’s that.

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