Baltimore Orioles: Bats stay cool in loss to Toronto

Unfortunately for the Baltimore Orioles, their bats stayed cool last night amid a dense drizzle all game long. And for much of the game, this seemed to work fine, as Wade Miley kept Toronto in check. That is, until he didn’t. Miley’s line: 6.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 BB, 6 K.

Those aren’t bad numbers per se. The only problem was that as I said above, the O’s didn’t put anything up offensively. Perhaps it was the chill in the air, or the semblance of an early season game. But the offense just never really came alive.

The teams played to a scoreless tie until the fifth inning when Toronto started to figure Miley out. Pillar smacked a solo homer, which given the game on Friday night and how this one was going seemed fairly big. One inning later Morales’ sac fly-RBI gave Toronto a 2-0 lead. And that would be the end for Miley, after that sixth inning.

The big blow however came in the seventh, when Toronto had two runners on. Donaldson came up to the plate, and promptly smacked a three-run homer to left field. Toronto would add three more before all was said and done. The O’s would also get a solo homer out of Smith in the eighth, and an RBI-single out of Trumbo in the last of the ninth.

For the Orioles’ sake, you have to hope that perhaps that little burst of offense in the final two innings leads to something starting today. If you’re going to struggle at the plate, you can still win games if your pitching shuts the opponent down. And for a good part of this game, Miley did – as Buck Showalter indicated after the game (quote courtesy of Roch Kubatko, MASNsports):

Wade pitched well, Wade pitched well. I thought when he wiggled out of that jam in the sixth, it might be the difference in the ballgame right there. You like your chances 2-0, but we didn’t put much together offensively all night. It’s one of those, September baseball at its best where people are pitching that are good pitchers, good prospects, but there’s a lot of unknown and you get ambushed this time of the year easily.

It’s just that time of the year with baseball with the way the rules are in September. But that didn’t have anything to do with tonight. We just didn’t swing the bats very well.

The series concludes this afternoon at Camden Yards. Chris Tillman will be on the mound for the O’s, and he’ll be opposed by Toronto’s Brett Anderson. Game time is set for just after 1:30 PM.

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