Manny Machado‘s two home runs this afternoon were a bit of a catch-22 for the Baltimore Orioles. It’s tough to argue that Machado isn’t one of the hottest hitters in baseball right now. But they were both solo homers, further illustrating that the O’s are having a tough time getting guys on base. If they could smack some of these home runs with runners on, the games might be turning out differently/
Andrew Cashner was solid for the Orioles this afternoon, but not solid enough. Cashner’s line: 6.0 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 2 BB, 7 K. Cashner’s big problem was that he couldn’t turn in a shutdown inning once he got the lead. Granted however, Cleveland’s big damage wasn’t done until after he had hit the showers.
Manny Machado’s first solo homer of the day came right off the bat – in the last of the first, giving the Orioles a 1-0 lead. Again keep in mind that Machado hits third; that means two guys ahead of him recorded outs. Had even one of them gotten on base, the Birds would have had a more substantial lead.
The Orioles’ lead would hold until the fourth, when Ramirez would smack a solo homer of his own which tied the game. Later in the inning Cleveland got the lead briefly on Alonso’s RBI-double. However it was the last of that fourth inning which saw Machado smack his second homer of the game, tying things back up at two.
And in fact, things were looking up for the Orioles. Later in the fourth inning following a Jones double, Chris Davis‘ RBI-double gave the O’s a 3-2 lead. And in the wake of that is where Cashner needed a shutdown inning. And he couldn’t do it.
Cleveland would tie the game at three on a Lindor RBI-single in the fifth, and then take a 4-3 lead on Brandlet’s RBI-single later in the inning. That did keep the O’s to within one run, but they were unable to muster any more offense against Cleveland starter Kluber for the remainder of the game. To add insult to injury, Ramirez would smack his second homer of the game in the ninth (this one of the two-run variety), which was followed by a two-RBI double by Gomes, leaving the O’s with a 7-3 loss.
After the game manager Buck Showalter was asked if he felt his team could dig itself out of the hole it’s dug now at 6-16 (quote courtesy of Roch Kubatko, MASNsports):
It’s a hole, if you want to call it a ‘hole,’ something that can be dug out of. We can. But you can’t just wish it and hope it and think it’s something that comes with the mathematics of a season. I understand you always have a sense of urgency. But you don’t really compare yourself with other teams that much and you don’t compare yourself with what portion of the season you’ve played and this and that and whatever.
We know the world we live in and move on from that. These guys are participators, they’re not watchers and they understand what’s going on. We talk about it in some form or fashion every day. Some things out of sight. But we’ve got to be better. We’ve got to do better. We know that.
So the skipper still has faith that something can happen this season moving forward. However the Orioles need to focus on tomorrow’s game right now – and only tomorrow’s game. And then onward from there.