Baltimore Sun Sunday
Mountcastle’s big day
In tearing up major league pitching in his first stint as an Oriole, Mountcastle lived up to the lofty expectations he carried with him to Camden Yards. After struggling in the opening month of his first full season as a big leaguer, he’s back to doing just that.
After batting .198 while struggling defensively in April, Mountcastle has hit .308, slugged .596 and posted an OPS of .927 since. At .769, he has not ended a game with his OPS higher than when he completed his 35-game 2020 season at .878.
“I was seeing the ball well and I felt like I was on everything,” Mountcastle said.
After the Blue Jays’ two home runs off Kremer in the first inning, Mountcastle’s first home run in the second cut Toronto’s lead in half. Mullins tied the game in the third, Mountcastle’s two-run blast provided Baltimore its first lead in the fourth and Stewart quickly added to it before the benches-clearing plunking.
With a chance at the major leagues’ 17th four-home run game, Mountcastle smoked a 108.6 mph single to left on the first pitch he saw in the eighth for his second career four-hit day.
“He put on a show,” Kremer said.