Baltimore Orioles: You absolutely have to take what’s yours

The Baltimore Orioles are the guy who leaves his wallet in his car and runs in to pick up his dry cleaning – only to be shocked when he returns and finds out someone stole his wallet. They’re the guy who drives a BMW convertible off the showroom flood, goes into a seedy neighborhood to the liquor store, and can’t believe his eyes when his car’s been vandalized. The Baltimore Orioles are the team that says aw shucks when it comes to accepting what’s rightfully theirs, and allows someone else to come in and take it.

And once someone takes what’s yours, it’s no longer yours – it’s theirs. There was a ballgame to be won this afternoon, but the O’s couldn’t muster the one big hit or one big base runner to have the bravado to tie or win it. Granted they didn’t get the quality outing from Alex Cobb that they hoped to get, but he was good enough to win. Cobb’s line: 7.0 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 2 BB, 6 K.

Cobb literally allowed a base runner on the first pitch of the game – a double. And go figure, the shot off the bat of Dietrich split the outfielders. Talk about “hitting them where they ain’t.” He would later score on an RBI-single by Realmuto. The next inning saw more of the same – a double, and then a run scored, this time on an RBI-groundout. The Birds were once again being bled to death, that is until Realmuto smacked a two-run homer off of Cobb in the third giving Miami a 4-0 lead.

However if there’s a silver lining on this loss, it’s that Oriole bats did come alive a bit. And the Birds battled back in the game, which is good to see. They still allowed a gutted Miami team to walk in and have their way with whatever they wanted, but they did battle back. Manny Machado‘s two-RBI single in the last of the third cut the Miami lead in hald at 4-2. However Realmuto put the Birds further behind once again with a solo homer in the sixth.

The Orioles kept battling, however. Jonathan Schoop cut it to 5-3 with a solo homer in the last of the sixth, and Danny Valencia‘s RBI-single in the seventh cut it to 5-4. The O’s had a shot to win, and were very much in this game. But when you leave eight on base, you have to look at it from the perspective that if even one of those runners had scored the game would have been tied (all things being equal, which is always a tough sell).

Corban Joseph walked to lead off the last of the ninth, bringing the winning run to the plate in the form of Adam Jones. And Jones grounded into a double-play, followed by a Machado fly out to end the inning and the game. And that’s what I’m talking about in terms of allowing others to take what’s there. They had the pitcher in a bit of a bind, with the winning run at the plate. This isn’t to say that Jones and others aren’t trying – because that’s not the case. But the team as a whole is basically taking a rain check on success.

The series concludes tomorrow at Camden Yards. Dylan Bundy gets the start for the Orioles, and he’ll be opposed by Miami’s Trevor Richards. Game time is set for just after 1 PM.

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