Beef Welington might have overtaken crabs as the favorite food of most Baltimore Orioles fans – just for a few moments last night. Catcher Welington Castillo was starting to heat up when he went on the DL a few weeks ago. But he’s been white hot this week since coming back. Just ask Toronto.
Kevin Gausman needed a good start last night, and for the most part he got it. Gausman’s line: 6.0 IP, 10 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 5 K. I always say that pitchers will get themselves in trouble – it’s the nature of the position. What matters is if as a pitcher you can get yourself out of trouble. Gausman did that right off the bat when he loaded the bases with nobody out in the first. He induced a ground ball double-play which scored a run, and then struck out the next hitter.
That set the tone for the game, because you can look at it as in essence a win for Gausman. Luckily for the Orioles this is an AL East game – not one against the Kansas City Royals, who would have celebrated that one run to the nines because they play small ball. Giving up one after that situation is all but meaningless.
Sure enough, the Birds battled back immediately. Mark Trumbo‘s RBI-single in the last of the first tied the game. Two innings later, it was a solo home run by Manny Machado which gave the O’s a 2-1 lead. But not to be outdone, two innings after that it was Trumbo again who smacked a home run, this one of the two-run variety.
But as I said, this is the AL East; Toronto may be decimated by injuries, but they’re a power hitting club also. Smoak’s solo homer in the sixth brought them to within 4-2. However it was Baltimore’s longtime nemesis who dealt the O’s what would have been a crushing blow to a more faint-hearted team. Bautista’s three-run homer in the seventh put Toronto back in the lead at 6-4.
But notice what I said above: that would have been a crushing blow to a more faint-hearted team. Neither baseball, nor this world belongs to the faint of heart. It belongs to the brave. And once again it was Castillo who reached deep inside of himself and gave the Orioles the lead back. His three-run homer in the last of the seventh was his third big home run against Toronto in a span of about 24 hours.
Regarding those three homers; the first one tied a game, the second one gave the O’s a walk off win, and the third one gave them the lead back. Castillo as I said has been hot all week since returning from the DL. But he’s absolutely wrecked Toronto thus far in two games. Too bad that odds are he’s going to sit today with a day game after a night game!
The other good news from the Orioles’ standpoint is that the back end of the bullpen was as solid as ever last night. O’Day sent Toronto down 1-2-3 in the eighth, and Brach did the same in the ninth. A little bit of rest will in fact help guys to re-charge their batteries!
The O’s will go for the sweep this afternoon in the series finale at Camden Yards. Wade Miley will get the start for the Orioles, and he’ll be opposed by Toronto’s Marco Estrada. Game time is set for just after 1:30 PM.