It's two days later and the Orioles’ excruciating loss in Seattle to conclude their all-important West Coast road trip still lingers like an oblique strain. While the team is still just three games out of a wild card berth, it seems that Wednesday’s defeat was a blow the Birds might not be able to overcome. Not only did the 7-6 loss give the Mariners the 2-1 series win, it resulted in a 4-6 Orioles’ record for the road trip. One, which many thought they needed to win six or seven games to realistically stay in the playoff hunt. A 5-5 split wouldn’t have been great, but it would have been acceptable. All that disappeared with a whimper, as the muscular Chris Davis couldn’t lift his bat off his
Rzepczynski struck out Chris Davis with the bases loaded in the ninth inning Wednesday to record his first save of the season in a 7-6 win over the Orioles. After Edwin Diaz melted down once again trying to protect a three-run lead, Rzepczynski came in to face a dangerous left-handed hitter and close things out. The veteran LOOGY isn't likely to get another save chance this season, but if Diaz's struggles continue and the Mariners resort to a committee approach at closer, he could suddenly find himself with a share of the job.
Reigning MLB World Series champions the Chicago Cubs edged the Cincinnati Reds 7-6 in a walk-off victory, while the Colorado Rockies humbled the Atlanta Braves 17-2. When Javier Baez made a mad dash home on Reds reliever Blake Wood's wild pitch in the bottom of the ninth he set the Wrigley Field crowd on fire on Wednesday. Not only did Baez's run give the Cubs a walk-off win but it also kept Joey Votto from tying a record that has not been touched since 1948.