Baltimore Orioles: Pesky Seattle outlasts the Birds
You have to wonder sometimes if the Baltimore Orioles aren’t overly used to AL East play. In baseball’s toughest division, you seemingly beat one another’s brains out. However once the coup de grace occurrs in a game, it’s done. Teams don’t have that pesky nature and don’t want to go away. And that’s haunted the O’s for the better part of the year.
Ubaldo Jimenez was effective for a few innings, but he struggled after going through the order once. Jimenez’s line: 4.1 IP, 8 H, 6 R, 1 BB, 2 K. The Orioles gifted Jimenez with the lead – twice. But he couldn’t hold it…due to the fact that Seattle just didn’t want to go away.
Tim Beckham started the game with what’s become a familiar pattern for the Birds: a solo home run. It’s really amazing how he’s come to the Orioles and made such an immediate and strong impact. It’s tough to argue at this point that he wasn’t a great acquisition by Dan Duquette.
Seattle would tie the game at one in the last of the third on an RBI-double by Heredia, and later in the inning they took a 3-1 lead on Alonso’s two-run homer. But the Birds weren’t out of it. Rickard scored from third on a wild pitch in the fifth, and Gentry would later add an RBI-triple to tie the game. Up comes Beckham again, and his RBI-single gave the Orioles the lead back at 4-3.
And in many cases, that right there might be the coup de grace in an AL East game. The O’s had both the momentum and the lead back. But Seattle’s not an AL East team, and they’re scrappy by nature. Jimenez immediately put runners on base in the last of the fifth, and Seattle tied it on Cano’s RBI-single. They would then get back-to-back RBI-singles to take a 6-4 lead. Add on a solo homer by Martin an inning later, and the O’s trailed 7-4.
However the O’s did make it very interesting in the top of the ninth. Manny Machado tacked on a sac fly-RBI, and via two walks and a hit batsman, Seattle loaded the bases. Trumbo was then hit by a pitch, and suddenly it was a one-run game at 7-6. However Davis struck out to end the game, and the O’s fell by that 7-6 score.
The Orioles finished the road trip at 4-6, which although is a losing mark – you have admit that this was a really tough road trip. No off days until now, when they’re back home. And the west coast swing is always the worst trip of the season given the longevity and distance. However the tables will turn now, as the O’s will host those same teams at Camden Yards as they come east – after an off day today.