Baltimore Orioles: Bats can’t get on track

Keep in mind that when the Baltimore Orioles left home they were putting up ten runs or so in games. So how do they go from that to only netting one or two? Well as I’ve said before, good pitching will often shut down good hitting. The Birds ran into some decent pitching in Anaheim, however there can be little doubt that they lost yesterday’s game and the series due to the bats going to sleep early.

Kevin Gausman didn’t turn in a quality start, however he did pitch well enough to put the O’s in a spot to win the game. Gausman’s line:5.1 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 2 BB, 6 K. He also had a couple of runs score as a result of plays that were makeable by the Orioles’ defense. But that’s another story.

The Orioles held a lead in the game in the third inning. Welington Castillo smacked a solo homer, which was ultimately held up by instant replay. Anaheim challenged the call claiming that a fan had reached over the railing to catch the ball. The umpires reviewed the play, and the replay was inconclusive, giving the O’s a 1-0 lead.

Anaheim would tie the game in the last of that third inning on a sac fly-RBI by Simmons. Now here’s where Gausman might have not so much deserved the fate he suffered in this game. Simmons was on base to begin with as a result of a softly-hit bloop to shallow center. Jonathan Schoop didn’t get a good read on the ball, because he probably should have had a play on it. But them’s the breaks.

Anaheim took the lead an inning later on a seeing eye RBI-single by Puello. And tha’s the type of luck the Orioles have had this year. A seeing eye single by a guy making his second major league start puts them behind. Cron would add a two-run homer in the sixth, and Cowart would walk with the bases loaded in the last of the eighth to run it to the eventual final of 5-1.

Perhaps the biggest concern coming out of the game was for outfielder Joey Rickard, who was hit in the helmet with a pitch and had to leave the game. That’s a sobering thing to see regardless of who it is, but especially when it’s your player. Rickard will be evaluated today, but luckily for everyone involved it doesn’t appear to be serious.

The Orioles now head to Oakland for a four-game set. Wade Miley will get the start for the Birds, and as of this morning Oakland hasn’t named a starter. Game time is set for just after 10 PM.

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