Orioles vs. Blue Jays – MLB Game Recap – August 17, 2022

TORONTO — When Ross Stripling made his major league debut with the Dodgers on April 8, 2016, he was pulled from the batter in the eighth inning.

It didn’t come to that for Stripling Wednesday, but the Blue Jays right fielder wasn’t willing to give up the ball willingly this time.

George Springer broke the scoreless tie with an RBI single in the seventh, and Toronto beat the Baltimore Orioles 6-1 on Wednesday behind a stellar goal from Stripling, who pitched a perfect game in the seventh.

“It was everything our team needed and more,” Springer said of Stripling’s performance. “It was incredible the way he works today.”

Activated from the injured list prior to the game after developing a sore right groin, Stripling retired his first 18 before singles out by Cedric Mullins by centering the first pitch of the seventh.

“I was aware of the situation and just staying in attack mode, trying to stay efficient because I knew if anything would end it besides giving up a hit, it would be the pitch count,” Stripling said.

Some of the crowd of 40,141 gave Stripling a standing ovation after Mullins hit. It came as a curveball, and Stripling didn’t use it against a Baltimore quarterback for his first two batters.

“He kind of saw it and then knew it was going to be a hit, and pushed it left-of-center,” Stripling said.

Stripling threw 72 pitches, 52 strikeouts, and met a season-high by striking out seven in ​6 1/3 innings pitched. He threw 11 pitches to Austin Hayes on a strikeout to start the second.

“We just didn’t put many balls against him,” said Orioles manager Brandon Hyde. “We couldn’t get anything.”

Toronto snapped a five-game losing streak against Baltimore and won for the third time in 11 games.

“It clearly wasn’t the best stretch for us,” Springer said. “I think everyone in that dressing room understands what’s at stake.”

Baltimore would have moved to the AL wild card site with a win. Orioles are 10-5 in August.

“Today is disappointing but we came out of here with a series win,” Hyde said.

Springer hit the 1,000th career home run, and the first hit of his career.

“It’s hard,” Springer said. “I have a lot of respect for players who can sit on the bench like that.”

Toronto poured it in from there. Santiago Espinal Springer followed with a two-run double, and Alejandro Kirk capped the Blue Jays’ six-run home run with another double.

After Anthony Santander lead off Mullins with a bunt in the seventh, John Schneider brought in Blue Jays manager Yemi Garcia to replace Stripling. Mullins went third on Ryan Mountcastle, but Garcia (2-4) hit Hayes to end the threat.

Orioles right-hander Austin Foth allowed two hits in six innings pitched, his longest outing of the season.

“Fauth was really good,” Hyde said. “He bombed the strike area and did a great job.”

Joey Krehbiel (4-4) took over in the seventh but left after giving up a single off Teoscar Hernández and Bo Bichette.

Cionel Pérez replaced Krehbiel, and Springer, striking out Raimel Tapia, broke the deadlock with a base hit to make it 0–2.

“It kind of broke down after that,” Hyde said.

Robinson Chirinos drove in Baltimore’s single against Zack Pope in the eighth.

Rosser moves

The Blue Jays selected right fielder Trent Thornton to Triple-A Buffalo to open up a roster spot for Stripling.

new role

Schneider said LHP Yusei Kikuchi will be out of the bullpen for now, with RHP Mitch White taking his place in the rotation. Kikuchi (4-7, 5.25 ERA) is 0-2 with a 7.30 ERA start on August 3.

“We think he can certainly be very useful in this role going forward,” Schneider said of Kikuchi. “It could be a wide variety of things. It could be against left-handers, it could be for some length.”

next one

Orioles: RHP Spencer Watkins (4-2, 4.23 ERA) starts Thursday’s make-up game against the Cubs. RHP Adrian Sampson (0-3, 3.88) goes to Chicago.

Blue Jays: RHP José Berríos (8-5, 5.61) starts Thursday as the Blue Jays visit New York to start a four-game series against the Yankees.

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