Anthony Santander missed three games with back pain, but the 28-year-old did some heavy lifting tonight. Santander announced its comeback by playing golf on a pair of courses low above the scoreboard outside of town on right field. Dean Cramer outplayed Kevin Guzman, and the offense opened things up late in a 7-0 Toronto win.
Gausman has caught the attention of Cy Young this season and his talent was evident tonight. The former Oriole had an extra mark or two on his fastball and kept the batter lopsided for much of the night.
Home plate umpire Adam Beck routinely awarded Guzman the low hit which made things more difficult for Baltimore. The former first-round pick scored a good start with eight hits and only five hits allowed over six innings pitched.
Guzman put in a good display, but Dean Cramer took things to another level. Baltimore had originally scheduled Cramer to play on Thursday, but the Birds bumped him up the day after Jack Flaherty complained of an arm soreness. Cramer got the news on Tuesday afternoon, and he arrived at the stadium ready to perform tonight.
The Blue Jays worked the charges early, and Cramer needed 26 runs to complete the scoreless first. He became more efficient as the match went on and averaged just under 15 runs per inning from the second through the sixth.
Kremer retired from the side in order over the next two rounds. He ground out Daulton Varsho to start the second and K’d both Kevin Kiermaier and Bo Bichette into the third. Cramer retired Farshaw to end the fourth inning after a single by George Springer, and eliminated Matt Chapman’s leadoff single by setting up a double play ball off Alejandro Kirk.
The former Dodger prospect faced the top of the table for the third time in the sixth but continued his success. Whit Merrifield rebounded to the pitcher, Ramon Urillas made a massive break to steal from Beau Pechet, and Vlad Guerrero Jr. struck out to third on a single by Belt.
And in a world where the rotation of the playoffs has not yet been decided, Kramer made another strong case for consideration. Toronto was limited to five batters, struck out five no-hitters.
The Birds put Cramer on his way to his 12th win with a run in the third inning. Gunnar Henderson doubled up on the opposite court. The rookie rallied and beat a hard putt to third after Santander flew deep into center. Notorious Blue Jay killer Ryan Mountcastle stepped in and committed his latest crime against Canada. Mountcastle fielded a base batter sharply up the middle to clinch the first round.
Austin Hayes put two runners in scoring with a double, but Cedric Mullins chased a bad splitter to end the inning. The Orioles left five men on base between second and third, but Cramer and the gang only needed one run tonight.
Santander’s golf shot provided plenty of offense and staples for MASN player Kevin Brown. His first blast traveled 393 feet at 99.5 miles per hour, and the second reached triple figures while sailing 370 feet from home plate.
Santander’s singles offered great insurance, but the game remained on potential save until Baltimore broke things off in the eighth. Mountcastle walked, O’Hearn singled, and gave the Toronto Orioles their fourth run of the game. Both runners broke onto the field in the dirt, advancing another 90 feet when Kirk’s throw sailed into the field.
Mullins drove in the fifth with a sacrifice fly to right center, and Jordan Westberg pulled off a leadoff single after a replay review ruled out the third. Westburg lead off Urías’ leadoff single, and both players advanced after a wild pitch. Adley Rutschman opened the game with a two-run single that gave Baltimore the sixth and seventh innings.
Jacob Webb and Yener Kanu pitched a clean innings as the match remained up in the air. Webb used the sweeper to hit Chapman in the seventh, and Cano capitalized on the most routine home run ever by Mullins in the eighth.
Shintaro Fujinami struck out Bichette, Belt and Guerrero to retire the team in order and seal the win for the Orioles.
The victory ensured that Baltimore would not be swept for the 80th consecutive series. Mountcastle extended his 1-hit streak to 28 games, and Ryan O’Hearn joined Santander with a multi-hit game. Eight of Baltimore’s nine starters scored a hit, and Mullins made a sacrifice fly.
Orioles pitchers combined for nine hits and no walk-offs throughout the game.
The Orioles have gone 78-48 this season. Tampa Bay fought back to defeat Colorado in the extra innings. Brandon Hyde announced after the game that Kyle Gibson would start on Thursday against the Jays.
Who was the most player in Birdland on August 23rd?
Anthony Santander (2-4, 2 home from return)
Dean Cramer (6 shutouts, 5 hits, 5K, 0 BB)
Total 415 votes