CINCINNATI — For the Orioles, pitching told a big part of the story this weekend. The pitch kept the team in the game Friday night until the offense saved the night with a four-run rally in the ninth. Last night the pitch put the team in a hole and they were never able to come out of it in an 8-2 loss.
The Orioles (51-50) and Reds (39-61) play the rubber game of this three-game series this afternoon at Great American Ball Park. A win gives the O’s another series win as they head to Texas to start a series there Monday night.
The Orioles are 14-13-4 in the playoffs this season and 5-8-2 in the road playoffs.
Right-hander Austin Voth (1-1, 6.15 ERA) gets the start for the Orioles. After throwing to a 10.13 ERA for the Washington Nationals, he was much better with Baltimore. For the Orioles, he’s 1-1 with a 3.38 ERA in 10 games, including six starters.
In 26 2/3 innings for the Birds, he allowed 26 hits and three homers with 10 walks and 25 strikeouts. He has a 1.350 WHIP with a 3.4 walk rate and 8.4 strikeout rate. The Orioles are 5-1 in his six starts.
In his last start Monday in Baltimore, he allowed four hits and a run in three innings for the Tampa Bay Rays, throwing 70 pitches.
Southpaw Nick Lodolo (3-3, 4.73 ERA) starts the series finale for Cincinnati and comes off a strong outing. Monday against Miami, he pitched six innings and allowed two unearned runs on five hits with two walks and nine strikeouts. He threw 96 pitches.
He made seven starts during the year, throwing 32 1/3 innings, allowing 40 hits on 14 walks for 47 strikeouts. That’s a walk rate of 3.9 and a strike rate of 13.1.
Today will mark his fifth start since a 69-day stint on the injured list. He is 2-1 with a 4.08 ERA in those five games. On April 28, Lodolo entered the 10-day disabled list with a sprained right lower back. On June 21, he was transferred to the IL for 60 days, then was reinstated from the IL on July 5.
He was a high draft pick twice. First took No. 41 overall in high school by Pittsburgh in 2016, but he didn’t sign. And then selected by the Reds in the first round (7th overall) of the June 2019 draft. He was baseball’s highest draft pick at Texas Christian University.
Lodolo is ranked the Reds’ second-best prospect and is No. 22 in Baseball America’s midseason top 100. On MLBPipeline.com, he is currently No. 25.
The Orioles offense has been quiet for much of this series, with the exception of the ninth-inning rally on Friday night. Last night the O’s took a 2-0 lead in the first inning on an Anthony Santander RBI single and disallowance. They had five hits in the first two innings, but only one more the rest of the night. All six of Saturday Night’s hits were singles.
Santander is batting .359 (14 for 39) during a 10-game hitting streak with three doubles, three homers and nine RBIs. But some of his teammates struggled at bat. Ryan Mountcastle, who didn’t play last night, is 2 for 31 and Austin Hays is 7 for 38. Santander also recorded his third assist of the season last night, recording a double play at home plate.
Trey Mancini played his 700th career game on Saturday, all with the Orioles. He is the 41st player in franchise history to have played at least 700 games with the club.