BALTIMORE — Seeing the Baltimore Orioles emerge from the depths of the dregs of the Big Leagues while ascending into respectability, and beyond, will make fans remember the 2022 season as the year which could be the turning point on the way to a bright future. On Thursday night, fans got their first chance at thanking an integral part of their past, the last common thread between the franchise and their last appearance in the postseason who was dealt away in hopes that a future that includes October baseball will soon come once more.
One of the reasons for that optimism in the Charm City was on the mound tonight, with the performance of starting pitcher Kyle Bradish, against the American League’s best, arguably the best outing on the mound for the Orioles all season.
Bradish was an out away from recording a complete game shutout, while Rougned Odor’s two-run single in the second inning was all the Orioles needed in a 2-0 victory over the Houston Astros at Camden Yards, who hosted former Oriole Trey Mancini for the first time since he was dealt before the trade deadline last month. In a near-perfect evening, Bradish was flawless for the first 5 2/3 innings, and eventually allowed just two hits while striking out 10 Astros hitters.
Just one night prior, starter Joran Lyles threw the team’s first complete game of the season in a win against Detroit. That probably was the best start by an Oriole all season, at least until tonight.
“Seeing your fellow pitcher do it, especially Jordan, he had everything working for him last night,” Bradish said. “But every time I go out there on the mound, I expect to finish this game. Pitch count hasn’t really been there lately, but today, I put myself in a position to do it.”
*Editor’s note: Above the byline is the photo gallery from Thursday evening’s contest, with all photos taken by DC-area photographer Phillip Peters. After clicking on the first photo to enlarge the picture, make sure to press the left and right arrow buttons to scroll through the rest of the pictures. There are 33 pictures in total.