Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports. Pictured: Brad Brach
- Baltimore closer Brad Brach came on in the ninth to try and preserve a 4-1 Orioles lead.
- But after retiring the first batter he faced, Brach — and Baltimore — lost their grip on the game.
- After tying the game in the ninth, Toronto notched a walk-off win in the 10th inning, handing Orioles bettors a heartbreaking loss.
It was a pretty disturbing night for the Orioles (and Orioles moneyline backers), as things turned sour for them late in Toronto.
The Os (+110) led the Blue Jays (-121) 4-1 through the first 8.5 frames when Toronto came to bat for its last licks. Orioles closer Brad Brach, who recently posted back-to-back saves against the Mets (not exactly a daunting task), took the mound in the bottom of the ninth to try and preserve the victory.
Unfortunately for anyone who bet the Orioles, though, Brach was reacquainted with (actual) Major League hitting, and would soon face the wrath of a lineup with a touch more potency than the New York Metropolitans.
Brach retired the first hitter he faced, getting Kendrys Morales to fly out to left, but he then walked Luke Maile. After an Aledmys Diaz double, which put runners on second and third with one out, the meltdown was imminent — and, at that point, it was only a matter of time.
Randal Grichuk, who’s hitting a mighty .115 on the season, pulled the Jays within one — doubling home two — and Kevin Pillar soon tied the game on a single of his own. Brach would evade any further trouble, getting Yangervis Solarte to ground into a 4-6-3 double play.
But the damage had been done.
The teams went to extras but would only need one, as the Jays won in the 10th on a frozen rope to left field off the bat of Aledmys Diaz. Pretty special call by Buck Martinez, the Blue Jays’ play-by-play man, too. “Get down ball!”
Sorry, I’ll refrain. Out of respect for anyone still clenching an Orioles moneyline ticket. Close, but no cigar.