Baltimore Orioles fall late to Anaheim

The Baltimore Orioles had Chris Davis back in the lineup yesterday after he had been ill for a few days. And that helped things offensively, as Davis was able to smack a home run in the game. But even that wasn’t enough, as the O’s fell to an Anaheim team that apparently just wasn’t going to be denied on this day.

Chris Tillman came out of the bullpen to make the start, and with less-than-favorable results. Tillman’s line: 5.1 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 6 BB, 2 K. The six walks are obviously what sticks out, and the worst part is that the bullpen issued three other ones after Tillman departed. Anaheim was just very patient yesterday, and they all but mandated that the Orioles throw the ball over the plate.

Anaheim took the lead in the second inning on a solo home run by Calhoun. One inning later it was 2-0 after Pujols’ RBI-single. And this is how it’s been all series long for Anaheim. They’ve never had more than a two-run homer, and they never mustered anything that in theory cleared the bases. But a solo homer here and there or an RBI-single all added up eventually.

The Birds would get back into it in the last of the third when Davis launched a solo homer of his own, cutting the lead to 2-1. However rather than spark the Orioles, things stayed right where they were for a few innings. And it was Anaheim who eventually extended their lead – on a sixth inning two-run homer by Simmons.

However that in and of itself seemed to inspire the O’s to come back. Jonathan Schoop‘s two-RBI single in the last of the sixth cut the Anaheim lead to 4-3. Later in the inning Mark Trumbo‘s RBI-double tied the game, giving the O’s a chance to win. However it was Anaheim with the late heroics this time around. Following a couple of walks, Maybin’s RBI-single gave them a 5-4 lead, which stood up until the end.

And as I’ve said previously, when you get guys on base you really never know what’s going to happen. That’s why issuing walks is so dangerous. While it in essence serves the same purpose as a single, it gives the team at-bat a bit of an advantage in that they have a leg up on the pitcher in terms of his control.

The O’s will now open up a three-game series with Oakland at Camden Yards. Wade Miley gets the ball in the opener, and he’ll be opposed by Oakland’s Chris Smith. Game time is set for just after 7 PM.

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