BOSTON – Back to the wall, odds of winning rock bottom? This is where these Orioles thrive.
At least that’s what the O’s have displayed over the past eight days, with their 12-8 win over the Red Sox on Friday at Fenway Park the latest example of a collective clutch gene that has developed. during this recent period. comeback wins.
Maybe a pair of six-point deficits was too kind to the Red Sox.
“We could be down 30-0 and we always stay positive, trying to compete and come back every time we have a chance to win a game of football,” Anthony Santander said through the interpreter. Brandon Quinones team. “We remain confident, we have confidence in our abilities, we have confidence in who we are and what we can do.”
What the Orioles did on Friday was simple: They overcame a six-point hole after seeing Kyle Bradish hit all over the place; they scored 10 unanswered runs from the seventh inning, tying the game in the eighth, then continuing in earnest with a four-run ninth; they set a season high with 12 races; and they continued to showcase the revamped competitive culture that they believe has soured this season.
“We do a lot of damage late in the game. I don’t really know why or what it came from,” said Austin Hays, whose two-run homer against the Green Monster in the eighth cut the Orioles’ deficit to one. “I think it’s just the mindset you’re talking about – never stopping; never, ever thinking we’re out of the game.
Friday was perhaps the Orioles’ most unlikely comeback. It was their first win from behind by at least six runs in nearly six years, not accomplished since their last playoff-bound team did on Aug. 14, 2016, against the San Francisco Giants.
On Friday, they faced that deficit twice.
And entering Friday, the Orioles hadn’t scored 10 points in a game this season. They scored as many on the last three images of the evening.
“He’s definitely one of the best,” manager Brandon Hyde said of Friday’s win in his managerial tenure. “…I hope these types of games continue to build confidence in our hitters. I think our guys now recognize that there’s no clock in baseball and you’re going 27 out.
So how did this – arguably the O’s game of the year – even happen?
To start, you have to look at the starter. Bradish’s shortest outing of his young career began by staking Baltimore to a 4-0 deficit before registering a withdrawal. At the time he exited, with just five strikeouts recorded, his six earned runs scored the most in his professional career — at any level.
And there wasn’t much help around. That fateful first inning saw the O’s commit two errors before registering two outs. They were held without a base runner for three innings before Trey Mancini’s walk in the fourth gave them the slimmest glimmer of hope.
That opening got wider and wider as Santander drove him home with his team-leading eighth home run one at bat later. But it was quickly closed when Beau Sulser, making his Orioles debut in what seemed like just a catch-up situation, gave up those two runs in the fourth and fifth innings.
And then came Jorge Mateo and Hays, connecting for long drives in the seventh and eighth innings, clearing the way for Ramón Urías to score Rougned Odor on a single pitch error, tying what was once a lopsided affair.
And that, in the end, was just a table-setter for four runs in the ninth.
“They’ve been the ultimate batting team the last three innings,” Hyde said. “They’re some of the best batsmen I’ve seen here in the last few years.”
Friday was a revelation, a breakthrough in that recent baseball streak that the Orioles hope to set the stage for even bigger hopes in future seasons. So in that vein, Friday was more or less the same.
“Those guys are grinders out there,” Bradish said. “We are showing that we can hang on to the best of them.”