By Zachary Yoon-Kim
On Monday (9/7), the Orioles got the scoring started early with 4 runs in the first inning. The inning was highlighted by a double from Peter Alexopoulos that drove in two. The White Sox answered with one run from Adam Fiorentino.
The second inning was uneventful, except when Sam Christmas hit an RBI single to send Nolan Gannon home. Then in the third inning the Orioles widened their lead to 7 runs, with scores from Jack Johnson, Ben Adams, Peter Alexopoulos, Tyler Malcom, and Gerard Dooley. Another run could have been scored, but the runner missed home plate and was called out. The bottom of the 3rd was scoreless for the White Sox, with only one hit, and two beautiful catches by Orioles Allistar Dattoli.
The White Sox defense responded in the top of the fourth, by forcing three quick outs but were unable to score in the bottom half of the inning. In the top of the 5th inning, the White Sox gave up 7 straight walks, leading to 4 runs. The Orioles led 13-2, and the score remained unmoved until the bottom of the sixth.
The White Sox hoped to go on a gigantic run to somehow win the game. With no outs, the Orioles changed their pitcher to Jack Johnson to try and save the game. With 6 runs on the board in the sixth, the first out came when a wild pitch went by the catcher, but he was able to recover, throw the ball to Johnson, and tag the runner out. Three more runs brought the game back to just a 2-run margin. With Adam Fiorentino at third, Harrison Burbine stepped up to the plate, representing the tying run and hit a deep shot into center. However, Allister Dattoli closed the game with an amazing catch in center field.