One of the fastest runners in baseball, Jorge Mateo dashed to second and third from Cedric Mullins’ base-loaded line drive to the center. Some of the Chicago White Sox’s defensive miscalculations had started the Orioles’ ninth inning rally, and another would allow them to tie Sunday’s series finale at Guaranteed Rate Field.
Instead, center fielder Louis Robert effortlessly caught Mullins’ stinger and shortstop Tim Anderson handled a throwback into the infield, prompting Matteo to finish third as Adly Ratschmann tried to cut the Orioles’ deficit. Scored for third. It remained there, Trey Mancini striking in a 4–3 loss with a possible tie and win to end Baltimore’s four-game winning streak.
“We were a little off tonight,” said manager Brandon Hyde. “We live in it. People are running down the line, putting pressure on the defense. Loved the way we were driving the base hard.
“We gave them a run there at the end.”
It was so close that how the Orioles (34-40) have played of late is a testament to how much the game went for them. White Sox right-hander Dylan Siege dismissed a career-high 13 batsmen in seven innings and hit four, one of them a single shot by Jonathan Araz for his first hit with Baltimore.
Orioles starter Jordan Lyles also covered seven frames, although he encountered a lot of traffic between his 111 pitches. He allowed a two-run home run to Gilman product Gavin Sheets, son of former Oriole Larry Sheets, in the second inning and singles in the next two innings before providing three straight scoreless frames, with a diving in the center from Mullins. Play helped. The four that Lyle surrendered matched the permission of the rest of the pitching staff, as he was dismissed from his previous start on Tuesday.
After Araz’s home run, the Orioles again threatened against a clash until Ratschmann doubled impeccably in the seventh, the rookie hitting his 12th extra-base in his last 14 games.
“He’s got some of the best things in baseball,” Lyles said of the struggle. “Unfortunately, I was pitching against him today. He was so much better than me.”
Added Hyde: “It’s elite stuff. I was glad we got four hits from him.”
With the ceasefire, the Orioles held a simultaneous offense against the Chicago Bullpen. He put on two for third and fourth hitters Anthony Santander and Austin Hayes against Joe Kelly in the eighth, both representing tying runs, but Santander went ahead with Hayes strike to end the innings.
White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu made a pair of errors to start the ninth, dropping a throw from Anderson before first stumbling off Rutsman’s grounder. A Matteo walk loads the base, and Araz drives with a single in his second run of the day. Robert followed Mullins’ sacrificial fly, a ball whose average batting average was .550, after Roughnad Odor was dismissed as a pinch-hitter, according to Statcast. Still based on potential tie-and-win runs, Chicago right-hander Kendall Graveman dismissed Mancini to end the game.
The defeat prevented what would have been Baltimore’s first four-game road sweep since 2011. Nevertheless, they went on to win a series against the White Sox team, although having won the American League Central the year before. The Orioles are 13-10 in June and can secure their first winning month in five years by taking at least one game during their upcoming series in Seattle.
“It’s been really hard, you know?” Hyde said before the game. “A lot of these guys have gone through really hard times, and you want them to see success, you want them to feel successful, and there are only a few people in our clubhouse who have ever won in the big leagues. You’re not here, you don’t understand how hard it is, and it’s hard enough to be here and it’s really hard to lose, and I give a ton of credit to my guys for keeping their heads up, staying motivated, I’m playing with my butt every day like they’ve done for me over the years, and I think we guys are really starting to see improvement because of it.”
gone away first
Araz became the first Oriol for Homer to have his first hit with the club since Keon Broxton in 2019. Broxton clocked 474 feet at Coors Field in Colorado, the Oriole’s longest home run since 2016. Araaz’s season came after he was out. Six of the first seven Orioles.
“I actually got more motivated,” Araz said of the opening strike through team interpreter Ramon Alarcón. “I wanted to go on base. I wanted to help my team. I wanted to be able to understand him and just be a contributor.”
The 23-year-old Arauz, who claimed a waiver from the Boston Red Sox earlier this month, was playing his second game for the Orioles after being called up on Saturday. The switch-hitter figures to get time around the infield, playing third base on Sunday after starting on the second Saturday. In the bottom of the eighth, he began an impressive double play to halt the Chicago Insurance run.
A ninth inning single gave him four balls to play at 90 mph or more in his first two games with Baltimore.
“My mission here is to help my team, to help them win,” he said.
around the horn
>> Kyle Braddish, right-hander, should have a swelling 15-day injury list, said he has “no doubt” he will be activated once eligible. Manager Brandon Hyde said he hoped it would be around then, but the club needed to see him back on a mound first.
>> Mancini was in the lineup on the designated hitter on Saturday after taking a pitch in his left hand. Oder did not start a game in the series as he struggled with back pain.
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