Baltimore started the day four games behind Seattle in the race for third and last place in the AL. It’s been an encouraging season for a team that went 52-110 last year, although the Orioles will need to stay hot and get some help to make the playoffs for the first time since 2016.
Kraemer (8-5) walked two, struck out six and stopped a runner from passing second base in his first full career game. The 26-year-old right-hander played Baltimore 7-0 last season.
It was the third impressive performance by the Orioles starting lineup in a row after Jordan Lyles‘three hitters against Detroit and Kyle Bradish a ninth-inning shutout pitch against AL West-leading Houston on Thursday night.
Baltimore has 15 shutouts this season, the most since 1992, including three against the Astros.
Rutchman’s 12th home run gave the Orioles a 1-0 lead against Jose Urquidi (13-8). Baltimore pulled away with five runs in seventh against Houston’s bullpen.
Houston (99-53) has already won the division and is on track to enter the postseason with the best record in the AL. The Astros need eight more wins to match the single-season franchise record set in 2019.
Despite their success this season, the Astros are 4-1 against Baltimore and are 14-4 behind.
Urquidi gave up one try and three hits in 5 1/3 innings. He left with two strikeouts in the sixth and Baltimore eventually loaded the bases with two strikeouts against Brian Abreu.
Gunnar Henderson then hit a sharp grounder that third baseman Alex Bregman caught on a pickup truck on the left when shifting into the hole. His off-kilter shot was just in time to keep the score 1-0.
Houston Jose Altuve Started the game with a sharp kick to the ground inside the third baseline, which rolled into the left corner of the field. He was knocked out trying to stretch him to a three, and the Astros only got one runner to second base the rest of the way.
Astros manager Dusty Baker still needs another win to join Sparky Anderson, Tony La Russa and Whitey Herzog as the only managers in major league history to win 100 games in a single season in both the AL and NL.
Astros: Altuve returned to action after missing Thursday night’s game with left elbow pain, an injury that occurred when he was hit by the field on Wednesday against Tampa Bay. “What Altuve wants, Altuve gets, and he wants to play,” Baker said. … FROM Kyle Tucker was given a night off.
Orioles: RHP Tyler Wells was placed on the injured list for 15 days with right shoulder inflammation and appeared to end the season. On Monday, Wells gave up five runs in three innings against Detroit and complained of shoulder pain on Tuesday. RHP Spencer Watkins has been withdrawn from Triple-A Norfolk and will initially be used in long-term care. … INF Ramon Urias was pulled out of the starting line-up with neck and back spasms.
Astros: RHP Framber Valdes (16-5, 2.57 ERA) Starts Saturday night against the Orioles. He’s 6-1 with a 1.78 ERA in his last seven outings.
Orioles: RHP Mike Baumann (1-3, 4.29) makes his third career start.
WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden said the Atlanta Braves will “forever be known as the upset kings of October” for their incredible victory in the 2021 World Series as he welcomed the team to the White House for a victory celebration.
Biden called the Braves race “unstoppable and joyful.” The team visited the White House just over a week before the end of the 2022 regular season and the resumption of the Major League Baseball playoffs. The Braves are 1.5 games behind the New York Mets in the National League Eastern but have secured a spot in the MLB playoffs starting October 7th. Chief Executive Officer Terry McGuirk expressed his hope that they would return to the White House again soon. .
In August 2021, the Braves were in disarray, playing at barely .500. But then they started winning. And they continued like that, winning the World Series in six games over the Houston Astros.
Biden called their performance “the greatest turn in history.”
“This team has literally been a part of American history for over 150 years,” Biden said. “But none of it came easy… people considered you. Hell, I know a thing or two about being left out.
The players lined up on stands behind Biden, grinning and waving to the crowd, but the player most talked about was a player who hadn’t been on the team for nearly 50 years and who died last year: Hall of Famer Hank Aaron.
Hammerin Hank was the home run king for 33 years, dethroning Babe Ruth with a lefthand blow on April 8, 1974. He was one of the most famous players in Atlanta and baseball history, a keen chronicler of hardships. was thrown along the way, from the poverty and segregation of his Alabama youth to the racist threats he faced while chasing one of America’s most sacred records. He died in January at the age of 86.
“This team is defined by the courage of Hank Aaron,” Biden said.
McGuirk said that Aaron, who held positions at the team’s headquarters and was one of the few black leaders in Major League Baseball, was watching them.
“If he were here, he would be with us every step of the way,” McGuirk added.
The president often honors major league champions and some college athletic champions with a ceremony at the White House, usually a non-partisan one, in which the commander-in-chief pays homage to the prowess of the champions, poses for photographs, and leaves with the team jersey.
These visits were highly valued by the previous administration. Many athletes took issue with President Donald Trump’s policies and rhetoric regarding police, immigration, and more. Trump, for his part, did not like criticism from athletes or their expression of political views on the field.
Under Biden, the tradition seems to have returned. He hosted the NBA champion Milwaukee Bucks and the Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers at the White House. On Monday, he joked about First Lady Jill Biden’s affections for Philadelphia.
“Like every Philadelphia fan, she is convinced that she knows more about everything in sports than anyone else,” he said. He added that he couldn’t be too kind to the Atlanta team because they had beaten the Phillies in extra innings the night before.
Press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre was later asked about the team’s name, especially as other professional sports teams dropped names – like the Cleveland Indians, now the Guardians and Washington Redskins, now the Commanders – after years of complaints from Native. American groups over images and symbols.
She said it was important for the country to have a conversation. “And the voices of Native Americans and First Nations – they should be at the center of this conversation,” she said.
Biden backed MLB’s decision to move the 2021 All-Star Game from Atlanta to protest Georgia’s sweeping new voting law, which critics say is too restrictive.