Andrew Cashner pitched the Baltimore Orioles to another quality start last night. The only problem was that it was his error which played a major role in a couple of Minnesota runs, which ultimately proved to be too steep a wall to climb for the O’s. Cashner’s line: 6.0 IP, 6 H, 3 R (2 earned), 2 BB, 3 K.
With the score still tied at zero, Minnesota put a runner at second following a lead off double with nobody out. Wilson then grounded to Chris Davis at first; Davis fielded the ball between first and second, and Cashner ran to cover the bag. All in all, it appeared to be a fairly routine play, which was going to leave a runner at third with one out.
However keep in mind that these fairly routine plays have bitten the Orioles where the sun don’t shine all season long. While Minnesota outfielders made numerous diving catches to save base runners and runs all night long, Cashner muffed the Davis throw to first. Wilson ended up at second, and a run ended up scoring.
It’s play like that which have snakebitten the Birds all year long. And it baffles the mind why they keep happening. It’s easy to say that they don’t pay enough attention to detail and so forth, but that’s not true. Human errors are going to happen, even to professionals. That much we know. However the Orioles seem to be a sponge of sorts for these types of occurrences. They soak up all of the bad stuff so that there’s nothing left for the other teams.
Rosario’s RBI-single later in the inning would score Wilson, leaving the Birds trailing 2-0. On a side note, that goes as an earned run to Cashner. It would have only been unearned had there been two outs when the error occurred. I would argue that the run should still be unearned due to the fact that the error put Wilson in scoring position. Again, just a sidebar.
To make matters worse, Morrison homered one inning later and the Birds trailed 3-0. But they tried to make a game of it – they just couldn’t pull it off. Jonathan Schoop smacked solo homers in consecutive at-bats in the fifth and seventh innings, cutting the lead to 3-2. So in essence, the O’s were in the game. But Kepler’s RBI-single and Cave’s RBI-double in the eighth sealed the deal for Minnesota, who went onto win 5-2.
The margin for error for this team is basically nothing. They simply couldn’t overcome that third inning error. All things being the same mind you, the O’s still would have lost this game 3-2. But you can’t always assume that all things would have been the same. That error put the Orioles in a here we go again mentality, which lingered throughout the whole game.
The series continues this evening from Target Field in Minneapolis. Dylan Bundy (who will have to be activated off of the DL, meaning that a roster move looms) gets the start for the O’s, and he’ll be opposed by Minnesota’s Lance Lynn. Game time is set for just after 8 PM.