Baltimore got back to .500 on the season with a 6-3 win against Tampa Bay on Friday night. The Orioles are now 3-3 after picking up the victory. The two teams will square off again at Camden Yards on Saturday.
Rays coming off lossTampa Bay got off to a quick start in Friday’s game, taking a 2-0 lead by the third inning. None of the Rays players were able to get their bats going overall, though. Six players picked up a hit, but none of them notched two. Starter Blake Snell had a poor outing, only pitching three innings. He gave up three runs on four hits. Snell allowed two home runs and struck out four batters. It took five Tampa Bay relievers to close the game, as they allowed three more runs.
Right-handed pitcher Tyler Glasnow is set to make his second start of the season on Saturday night. He struck out nine batters over four innings in his first outing of the year. Glasnow was a popular pick to win the American League Cy Young Award and showcased why in that game. He fared well against the Orioles in a pair of starts last season, going 2-0 with a 1.29 ERA. Glasnow is in his third season with Tampa Bay after spending the previous few years with Pittsburgh. He was 6-1 with a 1.78 ERA in 12 starts last year.
Orioles looking for consecutive winsBaltimore quickly erased its 2-0 deficit on Friday night, scoring three runs in the fourth inning. The Orioles were led by right fielder Anthony Santander, who went 3-for-4 and drove in three runs. Second baseman Hanser Alberto matched Santander, going 3-for-5 and scoring two runs. Both players hit a home run in the game. Starting pitcher Alex Cobb went 4.0 innings, allowing two runs on four hits. He struck out two batters and walked three. The Orioles scored a run in the seventh and a run in the eighth.
Late night dub. pic.twitter.com/ewFVkgOo0B— Baltimore Orioles 😷 (@Orioles) August 1, 2020
Southpaw Wade LeBlanc is set to make his second start with the Orioles in this contest. He gave up four runs in 5.2 innings against the Red Sox in his Baltimore debut, striking out four batters and not allowing a walk. LeBlanc spent the last two seasons with the Mariners, going 15-12 overall. He posted much better numbers in 2018, though, finishing the year with a 3.72 ERA. His stats dipped last season, as he was 6-7 with a 5.71 ERA. LeBlanc was credited with the win against Boston, despite his 6.35 ERA.
Tampa Bay is:
- 6-0 in Glasnow's last six road starts vs. a team with a losing record
- 4-0 in Glasnow's last four starts as a -200+ favorite