ORIOLES (22-55 AT MARINERS (34-47)
4:10 p.m. ET; ROOTNW, MASN2, MLB.TV
For one day, at least, all was right in the Baltimore Orioles’ world.
Wearing the uniforms of the 1969 American League champions on Turn Back the Clock Day in Seattle, the Orioles snapped a 10-game losing streak with an 8-4 victory Saturday.
The way the Orioles won would have made former manager Earl Weaver proud. A three-run homer by Jonathan Villar, a two-run shot by Anthony Santander and six solid innings from right-hander Andrew Cashner, just like the ’69 Orioles would have won.
“Break the ice, get the juices flowing again, get back on track,” outfielder Keon Broxton told MLB.com after the Orioles broke their longest skid in nearly a decade. “It was huge to knock this out of the way.”
Current Orioles manager Brandon Hyde suggested the team might have to wear the throwbacks again.
“I had the wrong pants on and the wrong hat on five minutes before the game. … Whatever uniform allows us to win, I’ll put it on,” he said.
Cashner allowed two runs on five hits, with three strikeouts, to improve to 7-3.
“It’s been a tough skid. It’s worn on all of us, the coaches and players,” Cashner told MLB.com. “The home runs today were huge for us.”
Trey Mancini, the Orioles’ leading hitter, returned after missing the previous two games with a severe elbow contusion suffered when hit by a pitch Wednesday in Oakland. Mancini, batting second, went 1 for 4.
“I wouldn’t say it’s 100 percent in every aspect, but baseball-wise it’s good to go,” Mancini told MLB.com.
The Orioles are scheduled to send right-hander Gabriel Ynoa (0-4, 5.65 ERA) to the mound Sunday to go after their second consecutive victory. He’s set to face Mariners rookie left-hander Yusei Kikuchi (3-5, 5.15 ERA). Neither pitcher has faced the opponent before.
While the Orioles wore the jerseys of the 1969 AL champs, the Mariners were dressed as the Seattle Pilots, who played one season in the Pacific Northwest before moving to Milwaukee to become the Brewers.
One of the few bright spots for the Mariners was outfielder Domingo Santana, who went 2 for 3 with a double, home run and walk and scored three of Seattle’s four runs.
“Domingo is swinging the bat outstanding,” Mariners manager Scott Servais said. “All pitches — he’s on the breaking balls, the fastballs, he’s got really good timing at the plate.”
Santana is batting .283 with 17 home runs and 58 RBIs, putting him in contention to be the Mariners’ All-Star representative.
“The thing that has really stood out for me is how good a feel Domingo has to hit, when to look for pitches, situations, how they’re going to pitch,” Servais said. “It’s outstanding. That’s why he’s been able to have good years in the past and he’s having a great year right now.”
The Mariners are 3-3 on their current homestand against the AL’s other cellar dwellers. They lost two of three games to the Kansas City Royals and have won two of three against the Orioles heading into Sunday’s series finale.
–Field Level Media