Yes, you read that correctly.
Over the past two days, the Baltimore Orioles made baseball history against the Cleveland Indians, a team (up until their series against the Orioles) that had been performing fairly well. With their back-to-back, 13-0 shutouts of the Cleveland Indians, the Baltimore Orioles became the first team in MLB history to shut out a team in consecutive games when scoring 13 or more runs. If you are an Orioles fan like me, the past two days have given you something to smile about in an otherwise tough season.
What changed for the Orioles over the past two days? Where has all this run-scoring production in the past two days been all season, one in which the O’s have lacked to find consistency? Who has been pitching their best baseball of the season to put the O’s on the right side of these shutouts?
On Friday, it was the Sisco and Santander show at the plate, with rookie pitcher John Means throwing a gem. O’s catcher Chance Sisco went 3-5 at the plate, adding in five RBI’s on a home run, a double, and a single, while right fielder Anthony Santander went 3-4 at the plate, adding in four RBI’s on a home run, double, and a single of his own. On the mound, rookie John Means, arguably the O’s best pitcher this season, threw five shutout innings, striking out five, walking one batter, and allowing one hit.
On Saturday, six players drove in runs for the Orioles, while Andrew Cashner dominated on the mound. The O’s were led at the plate by designated hitter Renato Nuñez, who went 2-3 with 4 RBI’s. All four of Nuñez’s RBI’s came on home runs; one in the fourth inning off Indians starter Zach Plesac, one in the seventh inning off Indians second baseman Mike Freeman. Cashner, who has formed a great one-two punch in the rotation with Means, went seven strong innings, striking out six batters, walking one, and giving up three hits.
While it is only two games, the Orioles provided their fans with something to smile about over the past two days. The O’s do not yet have a star-studded lineup like their AL East counterparts, but if their guys keep performing like this, they have a bright future ahead of them. Who knows, Birdland, maybe this O’s lineup is full of future starts?