The Baltimore Orioles gave Cole Hamels a rude welcome to Major League Baseball tonight. They scored three runs against him as they ended up winning a comfortable 5-1 win over our Atlanta Braves tonight.
It turned out that the Baltimore starter would end up being the main story of tonight’s game. During his start tonight, Keegan Akin sought to prove that what happened in his previous start against the Yankees was, in fact, just a stroke of bad luck. Akin proved himself with the tune of destroying nine Braves batters for five job innings, while only giving up three hits and one run. Simply put, the Braves really couldn’t fight Akin all night: the Baltimore starter looked more like the version that appeared on the park on Sept. 5 instead of the pitcher that appeared on Sept. 11.
While Akin was baffling the Braves, Cole Hamels was busy working during his first start to the season. We already knew Hamels would only throw around 50-60 pitches tonight, so it was just a matter of whether Hamels could prevent the Orioles from doing a lot of damage while he was out there. There was also hope that Hamels could overcome this onset without new health problems or annoying injuries appearing again.
The good news is that Hamels was able to introduce their entries and it looks like it’s good to go to move things forward and go a little further during their next start. The bad news is that the Orioles were able to get close to him through the 3.1 innings Hamels threw while he was out there. After Hamels got the first two innings with little or no incident, the third inn was when Baltimore discovered him and began chaining a few runs against him. Austin Hays led the third inning with a double and after Hamels surrendered his first (and only) walk of the night, Hanser Alberto rolled one into the left field to put Baltimore ahead with the first roll of the game.
Cole Hamels withdrew the next three batters in order, but those first two outings cost the Orioles two more runs: Jose Iglesias caught an RBI on a field of play, and then Ryan Mountcastle followed with a fly. sacrifices. It was 3-0 in favor of the Orioles after the third inning and the score was the same when Hamels left the game after getting the first of the fourth inning. This outing was more or less what one would expect from a pitcher making his first outing in almost a full calendar year. Hamels wasn’t spectacular, but he came out unscathed (in terms of health) and hopefully he’ll be able to keep getting back in shape as the Braves approach October.
Once he rolled the sixth inning, Baltimore opted to go with Dillon Tate as his first off-pen reliever and that’s when the Braves finally showed some life on the plate. Freddie Freeman kept his streak at base by leading the sixth with a single and then ended up making the second on a passing ball and then the third base on a playing field. He finally got home when Dillon Tate refused, and it was one of those rare cases where even the pitcher himself knew he was probably doing something illegal. This was the only race the Braves pushed into the sixth and it also ended up being the only race the Braves would score throughout the game. Yes, it was one of those nights, the second in Baltimore.
The Orioles responded to Atlanta’s only run in the sixth by putting two more on the scoreboard to make it 5-1 in favor of Baltimore. Josh Tomlin came in to replace Cole Hamels and was basically in charge of a long relay after the starter deliberately shorted out. Tomlin withdrew the first five batters he saw and then proceeded to drop him a bit when he started the sixth inning. Jose Iglesias continued to punish the brave while leading that entry with a single, which Pedro Severino ended up following with a single. All this culminated with Renato Núñez making a corner kick on the left field to get a two-run double that was clear enough tonight to put the Orioles out of reach of the Braves.
The match finally ended 5-1 in favor of the Orioles and now the Braves will head to New York after leaving the series in Baltimore. Fortunately, the Braves have still surpassed .500 on this road trip as they avoided the sweep and are about to enjoy their last scheduled day out of the season before entering the final stretch of consecutive games. to end the season.
To end things on a slightly positive note so that this doesn’t end in complete annoyance, here’s Marcell Ozuna stealing a home run during the fourth inning of this game. Honestly, I can say I didn’t expect this to happen at any point this season, but that’s why I’m a blogger and they don’t pay me to make decisions for the Atlanta Braves.