It sees that all Welington Castillo has done since returning to the Baltimore Orioles from the DL is hit home runs. There was just a bit of trepidation in letting Wieters walk on the part of some Orioles fans this past off season, however Castillo’s filled that void very well. He certainly paid off last night against Toronto.
The Birds were able to get some stability out of their starting pitching as well, as Chris Tillman had a good outing. Tillman’s line: 6.0 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 2 BB, 4 K. That’s a quality start, if you’re keeping track at home. The Orioles’ pen was solid as well for the first time in awhile, however it’s important to note that while the O’s dropped the final two games in Detroit, many of the relievers weren’t used. It’s amazing what some rest will do for guys.
The Birds took a 1-0 lead in the second on a Hardy RBI-single. However Toronto had a three-run inning on Tillman in the fourth, and suddenly things didn’t look so hot. With Toronto leading 3-1, it appeared that Orioles’ pitching had given up a lead once again.
However Tillman righted himself, and shut Toronto down after that. And two innings later he found himself off the hook when Castillo smacked a two-run homer which evened the game at three. It was a high fly ball to right that just kept carrying, and ended up leaving the ballpark. That was merely a harbinger of what was to come.
As the later innings wore on, it became evident that the O’s and Toronto would need to work a bit extra on this night to decide the game. The Birds retired Toronto in the top of the tenth, and then…the skies opened up. And I mean a torrential rain descended on the Inner Harbor. While obviously nobody wanted to stop the game at that point, there was little choice but for the umpiring crew to call for a rain delay.
The game resumed just before midnight after an hour’s delay. The Birds recorded two quick outs in the last of the tenth, before Mark Trumbo managed a bloop single to get on base. It was interesting to note that to that point every time Trumbo had been on base in the game he had scored. Obviously if he came around to score in this situation he would end the game.
And luckily for Trumbo, the hero of the day was coming up to bat. Welington Castillo did everyone a favor by ending the game with his walk off two-run homer, as it saved both teams from what could have been shaping up to be a marathon game. But obviously it was the Orioles who went home happy as victors, with a 5-3 win on the bat of Castillo over the AL East rivals.
Sometimes you have to do a little extra to win games, and this was one of those nights. Not only did the O’s have to go to extra innings, but they had to wait out an extra innings rain delay. But in the end, a W’s a W.