Orioles stunned in 7th frame of both games

No-hitter turns into 11-run heartbreaker in second contest vs. Blue Jays

September 12th, 2021

BALTIMORE -- The Orioles’ bullpen was taxed and manager Brandon Hyde needed his starter to go deep into the second game of Saturday’s seven-inning doubleheader after an 11-10 loss in the first game. After allowing a leadoff walk, locked in and did just that. He didn’t allow a hit until the seventh inning of what stunningly became an 11-2 loss to the Blue Jays at Camden Yards.

“Pretty disappointing way to kind of end the ballgame,” said Akin. “[It’s] not even really about the six first innings. You don't want to lose a ballgame like that at the end. We kind of let that get away from us.”

The O’s starter kept the unofficial no-hitter going until the seventh inning. That’s when things turned. Vladimir Guerrero Jr. recorded the first hit for Toronto with a single, and Bo Bichette followed with a homer.

The bullpen could not hold on in the close game, allowing 11 hits -- the most in an inning in team history since 1974 -- with all of Toronto's 11 runners crossing the plate.

“I mean, they're good hitters,” said Hyde. “And they have big-time numbers to show for it. They are a good-hitting club. I thought Keegan Akin did a great job of changing speeds. I thought his fastball had really good life. We only scored one run, and that makes it a little even more difficult in that sort of situation. We had an opportunity to score a couple more there early and then that would have been maybe a little easier on Keegan. A 1-0 game is tough going into your last inning when you have a no-hitter.”

Cedric Mullins smacked his 29th home run of the season, inching closer to the first 30/30 season in franchise history; he needs two more stolen bases and a home run. The All-Star outfielder, who has homered in five of his last eight starts, put up the only run for Baltimore until Richie Martin scored on a fielding error in the seventh.

It was more of the same for Baltimore, which dealt with pitching issues all day. In Game 1, starter Dean Kremer allowed five runs over four innings before Hyde made a call to the 'pen. Marcos Diplán allowed two more runs to score before Dillon Tate was asked to come in and record the final out of the fifth inning.

The Orioles called on Tyler Wells, who had not allowed a run in 11 appearances, to close out the first contest. In a very uncharacteristic performance, the closer gave up four runs in his second blown save of the season. Baltimore blew a five-run lead, also in the seventh inning, to drop the first game.

“An uncharacteristic walk there from Wellsy,” said Hyde on the closer's outing. “He's been so good because he's been in the strike zone so much. [The Blue Jays] are a loaded offense. He's not going to be perfect, and you know, it just wasn't his night tonight.”

Hyde knows that his closer will bounce back from an appearance like this. However, the team has not decided what it will do with Kremer, who was optioned back to Triple-A after serving as the 29th man.