Baltimore Orioles, Wade Miley never stood a chance

When Wade Miley records only one out in the first inning before being pulled, you know that the Baltimore Orioles stood nary a chance in the game. Miley’s line: .1 IP, 6 H, 6 R, 0 BB, 0 K. Miley was seemingly beaten before he even set foot on the mound. As were the Orioles overall.

New York put up six runs in the first inning, including a three-run homer by Frazier. That’s ultimately what knocked Miley out of the game – after surrendering six runs and recording one out. The O’s did make a veiled attempt to get back into the game. Jonathan Schoop smacked a solo homer in the fourth, and the Birds put two runners on base. However they let NY off the hook, and the inning ended.

And New York made them pay for that. Judge smacked a three-run homer in the bottom of that fourth inning which ran the score to 9-1. That type of thing has been an issue all year, as I’ve documented. Opposing teams are in fact holding the O’s accountable at every turn of the way for their mistakes. The Birds had an opportunity to get back into the game, and they couldn’t do it. Instead, New York put an additional three runs up in the bottom of that very inning.

And again, the O’s don’t exactly hold their opponents accountable. They’re letting them off the hook. Wednesday night in Toronto they had the bases loaded and nobody out. They allowed Toronto to work out of that jam. Now ironically that’s a situation in which the O’s weren’t “held accountable” in a sense because they managed to win 2-1. But the point is that the game is based on failure – if you fail to record outs guys will get on base. The O’s are failing to take advantage of other teams’ failures. But other teams aren’t being so charitable, nor should they be.

Trey Mancini smacked a solo homer in the sixth, however New York put up an additional four runs in the bottom of the inning. It seemed that all the Orioles had to do was put up one run and New York would explode. However the O’s would get RBI-doubles from Rickard and Joseph in the eighth, and Chance Sisco‘s first big league homer in the ninth. This ran the final to 13-5.

Even with such a bad loss at such a key time, Buck Showalter recognized what a moment this was for Cisco, and he addressed it after the game (quote courtesy of Roch Kubatko, MASNsports):

Facing a guy who throws about 30 percent fastballs, we knew it and didn’t make much of an adjustment. He did against a good pitcher and he’ll remember that and followed up with a home run. I like how calm and quiet he’s catching. Regardless of how the game was, you do take it as a special moment for him. I got the lineup card for him and I want him to feel good about that part of it. It was good to see. I was glad to get him out there.

The series continues tonight at Yankee Stadium. Gabriel Ynoa gets the start for the O’s, and he’ll be opposed by New York’s Luis Severino. Game time is set for just after 7 PM.


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