Say what you want about the 2019 Orioles but they are not usually boring. It’s been an entertaining season in Baltimore — sometimes for better, but more often for worse. 

Take, for example, the ending to Sunday’s game at Camden Yards. After entering the day as +400 underdogs following their 23-2 dismantling at the hands of the Astros on Saturday, the Orioles took a a 5-4 lead into the ninth inning against Houston on Sunday. 

Then, things went predictably awry, and they did so in hilarious fashion.

With runners on first and second, Michael Brantley hit a rope into the right field corner and it turned into a three-run, go-ahead “Little League home run” thanks to an astonishing throwing error from O’s right fielder Anthony Santander.

If you’re a bit perplexed as to what happened when Santander disappeared into that corner for a few seconds, well…

That comical whoopsie allowed Brantley to come all the way around and give the ‘Stros a 7-5 lead in the final inning, and it looked like the Orioles were destined for yet another embarrassing defeat. Those who laid the big price to take Houston breathed a sigh of relief. 

HOWEVER!

Against all odds, the lowly O’s rallied back in the ninth inning and managed to win on the strength of a two-run, walk-off bomb from Rio Ruiz.

That home run came with Baltimore down to its final strike. It was about as dramatic a final frame as you could ever hope for as a fan — even if it made Astros faithful and bettors sick to their stomachs. 



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