The good news for the Baltimore Orioles is that they were in all four games of this series against Seattle. The bad news is that they found ways to lose all four of them. And it was in different manners in each game. In the case of this afternoon, it was a Colby Rasmus error in center field. (Jones had the day off.) This game can play some nasty tricks on you if you allow it to.
The Orioles started Jimmy Yakabonis, who made his first big league start. And with semi-favorable results; Yakabonis’ line: 4.0 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 5 K. You might ask why Yakabonis only went four innings; keep in mind that this was in essence a bullpen game for the Orioles given that Bundy is on the DL. And the two runs Yakabonis gave up? A two-run homer by Cruz in the fourth. He’s done that to a lot of people.
But the O’s battled back Manny Machado smacked a solo homer in the fourth. Later in the inning Chris Davis followed with one of their own. And we played on, with a tie score. The Orioles brought in Yefry Ramirez in relief of Yakabonis, who was incredibly impressive. Ramirez pitched three innings and gave up three hits – striking out three hitters as well. Between him and Jakabonis, they put the O’s in a spot to win the game.
But they couldn’t do that, because they couldn’t get a clutch hit. And they were playing against seemingly the most clutch group of guys of all time in Seattle. Segura’s single in the tenth shouldn’t have scored a run. It just shouldn’t have. However Rasmus bobbled the ball, allowing a run to score. Cruz would also send a run-scoring single into the outfield later in the inning, giving Seattle a 4-2 victory and a sweep.
The Orioles can’t seem to get anything right one way or the other. Adam Jones is their leader, he’s having a great season, and he got a well-deserved rest today. And it’s his replacement in the lineup who commits the error which loses the game for the O’s. However we also have to be fair to Rasmus. He certainly didn’t commit that error purposely.
Seattle had a few ducks on the pond in that inning, so the odds of them scoring were already pretty good. But the fact remains that the Orioles find different ways to lose. And again, they were playing a team that only needs a small opening in order to win. Give them a small window, and they find a way to jump through it, make a play, and win a game. And that’s pretty much what they did in all four games in Baltimore.
The Orioles will open a three-game set with Anaheim tomorrow at Camden Yards. David Hess gets the call for the Birds, and he’ll be opposed by Anaheim’s Felix Pena. Game time is set for just after 7 PM.