Baltimore Orioles’ starters have needed to be perfect thus far in 2018. And I don’t mean that figuratively; it’s intended to be interpreted literally. And on this night, Dylan Bundy was far from perfect. Bundy’s line: 4.2 IP, 11 H, 8 R (7 earned), 1 BB, 4 K.
It was a rare poor outing for Bundy, and his first of the season at that. You can accept that – as an isolated point, that is. However with how the Orioles offense has struggled, and how things have just seemed to go wrong for this team across the board in games, it just makes the hurdle tougher to climb and overcome. But that’s what these Orioles are tasked with doing for the rest of the season.
The Orioles haven’t been able to get out of their own way, and that was true from the outset tonight. Bundy walked the lead off hitter, and then Cron smacked a two-run homer in the first. Tampa then led off the second with a double, followed by another two-run homer, this one by Ramos. Tampa would also tack on runs in the third and fourth, and when the smoke cleared the O’s trailed 6-0.
However if there’s a silver lining to this game, it’s that the Orioles perhaps started to battle back. Trey Mancini would smack an RBI-double, and Manny Machado an RBI-single in the third. However that’s as close as the O’s would get – at that moment, Tampa would put two runs right back up on RBI-singles in the fifth (which were aforementioned).
After Bundy departed, the Orioles’ bullpen did in fact hold things over. And then the O’s began to come back again. Adam Jones smacked a two-run homer in the fifth, and Danny Valencia a solo shot in the last of the eighth. Tampa would tack one more run on in the ninth on an errant throw by Sisco at the plate trying to throw Gomez out as he tried to steal third. The throw went into left field, allowing Gomez to score.
It goes as another loss, but the bats did attempt to snap out of their funk. Now with that said, they were 1-for-7 with runners in scoring position. They also grounded into four double-plays, all of which came with runners in scoring position. That has to change moving forward.
The Orioles once again seemed to run into a hot team, hellbent on success. And that no doubt comes from youthful exuberance in a sense. They had an answer for everything the Orioles did – and the Orioles did some good things in this series. However it makes one wonder when the Birds might morph into that team hellbent on winning.
The O’s will open up a three-game set with the Detroit Tigers at home tomorrow night. Chris Tillman gets the call for the Orioles, and he’ll be opposed by Detroit’s Mike Fiers. Game time is set for just after 7 PM.