Stat of the Day: Career-high for Mountcastle

May 16th, 2021 is keeping track of a Stat of the Day for the Orioles this season, highlighting a unique, interesting or fun nugget from each game.

May 16: Orioles 10, Yankees 6 -- Career-high for Mountcastle
The O's avoided a three-game sweep in large part due to Ryan Mountcastle, who doubled home a run in the first, sacrificed another in the third and drove in two with an eighth-inning single. The four RBIs were a career high for Mountcastle, who continues to heat up after a slow start. His batting average has increased by 20 points this month, and he has driven in 9 runs in 14 May games.

May 15: Yankees 8, Orioles 2 -- How to contain Aaron Judge?
So far in his career, the Orioles don't have an answer to that question. Judge continued to crush Orioles pitching Saturday night, his two-run second-inning homer contributing to Jorge López's shortest start of the season. It was the sixth homer already for Judge against the Orioles in 2021; he is now 15-for-30 (.500) with eight homers and 16 RBIs in his last nine games against Baltimore dating back to 2020.

May 14: Yankees 5, Orioles 4 -- Homer sets bests for Hays
The more Austin Hays plays, the more he keeps exceeding his personal bests. Hays opened the Orioles' scoring on Friday with a solo home run off Corey Kluber. It was his fifth homer of the season, setting a career high. The home run traveled 419 feet and had an exit velocity of 110.3 mph, making it the farthest and hardest hit ball (of any kind) of his career. Hays appears to be getting comfortable in the No. 2 hole in the lineup; hitting between Cedric Mullins and Trey Mancini, he's scored a run in 10 of the past 13 games.

May 12: Mets 7, Orioles 1 -- Hays' odd luck
Austin Hays' first three batted balls on Wednesday had an average exit velocity of 100.1 mph and traveled a total of 1,093 feet, per Statcast. His reward for all that hard contact? Three outs, including two on stellar defensive plays by Mets outfielders. In his fourth at-bat, he hit a dunker past the mound. Exit velocity: 38.2 mph. Distance: 90 feet. Result? Single.

May 11: Mets 3, Orioles 2 -- Following up the no-no
How do you follow up a no-hitter? No pitcher has the way John Means did in some time. Blanking the Mets for six innings at Citi Field, Means became the first pitcher to follow up a no-hitter with a scoreless outing since Edinson Volquez in 2017, despite getting a no-decision. Means was excellent, holding the Mets to six hits and no walks, needing just 74 pitches to do so.

May 10: Orioles 4, Red Sox 1 -- Jorge López fills up the zone
The key to López's finest start of the season? Command. Pitching into the sixth for the first time, López fired 5 2/3 innings of one-run ball, striking out five without allowing a walk. That last part is most pertinent. It was the first outing in which López did not issue a free pass in his last 13 starts, stretching back to Sept. 29, 2019, against the Twins. It was the sixth start without a walk of López's career (40 total starts).

May 9: Red Sox 4, Orioles 3 -- Mullins keeps raking
Cedric Mullins' solo home run in the fifth inning was his career-best sixth of the season. Through 134 at-bats, Mullins is one home run shy of matching his total in 374 career at-bats entering 2021.

May 8: Red Sox 11, Orioles 6 -- Galvis extends streak
Freddy Galvis homered to extend his hitting streak to nine games. Over that span, he had five extra-base hits, five RBIs and a .357 average. Galvis is hitting .286 this season with 26 hits, 13 runs and 10 RBIs.

May 7: Red Sox 6, Orioles 2 -- Harvey taken deep by surprising foe
Allowing four unearned runs in the fourth after an error of his own, Matt Harvey suffered his first loss in his past six outings. He was done in mostly by Bobby Dalbec's three-run homer. Dalbec was an unlikely nemesis -- the rookie entered play 0-for-his-last-27 before singling off Harvey in his first at-bat. Dalbec then pulled a hanging Harvey slider over the left-field wall in his second, sending the O's toward their 11th home loss in 15 games.

May 5: Orioles 6, Mariners 0 -- Best O's performance ever?
Coming one dropped third strike away from perfection, John Means fired the Orioles' 10th no-hitter and first solo no-no since Jim Palmer on Aug. 13, 1969. In the process, he also enjoyed arguably the best single-game pitching performance in franchise history. Means had a Game Score of 99, the highest by any Orioles pitcher in a nine-inning game. That record had previously belonged to Erik Bedard (July 7, 2007) and Mike Mussina (Aug. 1, 2000), who each had a performance with a Game Score of 98.

May 4: Mariners 5, Orioles 2 -- López searching for answers
While the lack of situational hitting was at the heart of the Orioles' loss, another trend continued involving starter Jorge López, who lasted 4 2/3 innings and got a no-decision. López hit a wall in the fifth, not finishing the inning for the fifth time in six starts this season. Opposing batters are hitting .533 against López in the fifth inning this season, and just .193 against him prior.

May 3: Orioles 5, Mariners 3 -- Kremer lets 'em fly
Twirling six-innings of one-run ball, Dean Kremer enjoyed his best start of the season despite getting a no-decision vs. the Mariners. To do so, Kremer took advantage of T-Mobile Park's spacious layout: 13 of the 18 outs he recorded came on fly balls. That's the most by an Orioles pitcher in a single start since John Means (14) on Aug. 30, 2019, against the Royals. Only one fly ball hurt Kremer -- Tom Murphy’s opposite-field home run in the fifth.

May 2: A's 7, Orioles 5 -- Hays slays the A's
Rhyme scheme can be a beautiful thing. Austin Hays continued a recent surge after excelling at the plate in Sunday's loss in Oakland, extending his season-long raking against A's pitching. Hays' solo homer in the fourth highlighted his two-hit day, and marked his fourth homer of the season. All four have come against Oakland; Hays is hitting .333 (8-for-25) with eight runs, four home runs and seven RBI in six games against the A's.

May 1: Orioles 8, A's 4 -- Road warriors
With a victory over Oakland, the Orioles reached a season-high-tying three-game winning streak, having won five of their last seven games. They are now 9-4 on the road compared to 4-10 at home.