Aquino ambushed: Left-hander Aquino caught the Brewers a bit off balance in the first three innings, with the only damage a bloop leadoff double into short left field by third baseman Travis Shaw to open the second inning. Shaw scored when a short hop got past Machado with two outs in the inning.
But once the fourth inning started, the Brewers began to like what they saw and swing at everything. Left fielder Ryan Braun lined the first pitch of the inning off the right-field wall, Shaw grounded out on the first pitch he saw, and then right fielder Domingo Santana sneaked a ground ball past Tejada on the first pitch he saw to score Braun. Four pitches later, center fielder Keon Broxton hit a two-run home run to center field to put the Orioles down 4-0.
"On that particular inning, I missed a pitch and the result was a home run, so I just missed a pitch right there," Aquino said through interpreter Ramón Alarcón.
Said Showalter: "It’s hard to fault anything. He should have given up two runs. And I think he had the guy picked off second. He pitched well."
Starting on short rest in place of Chris Tillman, Aquino went 5 1/3 innings, allowing four runs (three earned) on five hits with seven strikeouts and no walks.
Britton’s return: After Miguel Castro recorded the final two outs of the sixth inning, the Orioles got their wish in being able to ease returning closer Zach Britton back into major league action after two months out with a forearm strain.
Despite a lengthy rehabilitation program, Britton took a bit to settle in, bouncing his first two pitches before shortstop Orlando Arcia lined his third pitch up the middle and off his glove for a deflected putout by Machado. Britton allowed a grounder up the middle for a one-out single, then Machado made two putouts around a two-out walk to end a scoreless 19-pitch inning.
"It’s been a while since I pitched in a big league game," Britton said. "Definitely a little nervous and overthrew some pitches, but I just need to get my timing back and everything. But physically I feel great. That’s the best thing, and now it’s about going out and making pitches. The more innings I get under my belt, the more comfortable you get back up here. It’s just a different type of game. It’s a good offensive team, so as we go along, just get a little sharper command-wise and get back to what I’m used to doing.”
Said Showalter: "We wanted to get [Britton] out there and not have him sit around. He ended up with a zero, and I think it’ll get better from there."