The Orioles’ first sport towards the Toronto Blue Jays in 2023 was much like many the groups have performed over the previous few years.
Not as a lot in the truth that Baltimore received the sport, because the Orioles haven’t posted a profitable document towards their American League East foe since 2017. Rather, it was Ryan Mountcastle blasting a house run off Blue Jays pitcher Yusei Kikuchi that evoked acquainted emotions.
Mountcastle clobbered a three-run dwelling run off Kikuchi within the third inning to propel the Orioles to a 6-2 win over the Blue Jays at Rogers Centre. There are few pitchers, groups or venues the Orioles slugger is more practical towards than these three.
The 26-year-old entered Friday’s sequence opener with a 1.014 OPS towards Toronto in his four-year profession — his finest mark off any workforce he’s tallied no less than 50 plate appearances towards. But it’s his success versus Kikuchi that’s much more profound, as Mountcastle is now 5-for-10 with a double, 4 dwelling runs — sure, 4 — and eight RBIs towards the Japan native.
Mountcastle’s lengthy ball was all pitcher Kyle Gibson wanted, because the veteran right-hander delivered one among his finest begins as an Oriole. Gibson pitched seven innings of one-run ball to finish his three-game shedding streak.
Anthony Santander hit a solo shot within the sixth, Adam Frazier added two insurance coverage runs within the ninth with a blast of his personal and relievers Yennier Cano and Félix Bautista shut the door behind Gibson.
Cano’s scoreless innings streak got here to an finish at 21 2/3 innings after he allowed a run within the eighth, however he stranded a runner at third after entering into hassle to carry the lead at 4-2. Frazier’s blast gave the Orioles additional cushion, however supervisor Brandon Hyde nonetheless turned to Bautista to shut the sport in a nonsave state of affairs.
Baltimore (29-16) is now 7-6 towards AL East groups after opening the season 2-4. From 2019 to 2022, the Orioles went 24-43 versus Toronto. They are 1-0 towards the Blue Jays this 12 months.
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- Cedric Mullins was again within the leadoff spot towards a left-handed beginning pitcher. Mullins, a left-handed hitter, struggled towards lefties in 2022 however has crushed them this season. Hyde had been choosing Austin Hays within the leadoff spot for many of the 12 months. Mullins went 1-for-5 with a double.
- Infield prospect Joey Ortiz began at third base Friday, his first time enjoying the new nook in his main league profession. He briefly performed the place within the minor leagues, however Hyde stated earlier than the sport that the membership trusts him to play all three infield spots. Ortiz has began video games at shortstop, second base and third in his temporary time in Baltimore.
- Reliever Dillon Tate bounced again with outing at Triple-A Norfolk throughout his rehabilitation project, pitching 1 1/3 scoreless innings whereas permitting one hit and hanging out one.
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