The Baltimore Orioles’ offense again was a maddening display of good hitting, followed by bad hitting, punctuated with a home run that had a huge effect on the game. Seems to be the new Oriole Way, right?
Of course, that home run was the walk-off shot by Mark Trumbo that sent the Orioles and their fans home happy. Before that, the Orioles had done virtually nothing since the 3rd inning, when they took a 2-0 lead on a Chris Davis single (he was thrown out going to second), and a Mark Trumbo double.
Up until the 11th inning, the Orioles’ bats went dormant, much like they did in the playoff game and for stretches in many games in 2016.
That’s not to say there weren’t good signs. Trey Mancini had a single back through the middle in pinch-hit duties, continuing to show why he deserves to stay in the major leagues.
That brings me to another positive, the Orioles as a team only struck out five times, with Davis, Machado, Hardy and Smith being the four to strike out, and Davis striking out twice.
The first game counts the same as the last, and all the ones in between, but it certainly feels good to be 1-0. The manner of the game, and how similar it was to the last game of 2016, only help make it feel a bit redemptive.