Baltimore Orioles fall to Texas in series opener

Another quality start by a Baltimore Orioles’ starter, and another loss. Last night it was to the Texas Rangers, in game one of a three-game set. And Alex Cobb seems to be the willing victim almost every time. Cobb’s line: 6.1 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 0 BB, 3 K. Cobb wasn’t perfect, but he put the Orioles in a position to win the game. That’s all you can ask of a starter.

Cobb gave up a solo homer to Gallo in the fifth, and Texas took a 1-0 lead. However the Orioles did move to battle back, putting a runner on second in the bottom of the inning, getting him over to third, and then to home plate on Danny Valencia‘s sac fly-RBI. The O’s were very much in this game as it went along.

However the story of the season for the Birds has been clutch hitting. And no, I’m not even talking about their lack thereof. I’m talking about clutch hitting by the opponent. Oriole opponents have seemingly always just found a way to do whatever they need to do in order to win the game. And at times it’s happened in fairly uncanny manners.

This time it was a three-run homer in the seventh inning by Rua. Namely, a pinch-hit home run. Whatever the button that the Orioles have pushed this year, the opponent’s ended up pushing a seemingly better one. To make matters worse, Mazara’s RBI-double later in the inning ran the score to 5-1.

Now I will say that the Orioles did get some clutch hitting in the last of the seventh from Caleb Joseph. He put the Birds back in the game with a bases-clearing double that cut the lead to 5-4. He saw the pitch and he just went with it, which was good to see. But the O’s couldn’t get any closer than that, and they fell 5-4 in the opener with Texas.

The Orioles are also swapping out catchers again, deciding to option Chance Sisco to triple-A Norfolk after the game. The plan is to formally recall Austin Wynns sometime before tonight’s game. And speaking for myself I think that’s a smart move. Sisco has potential but in my view needs some additional seasoning. Wynns was a shot in the arm when he was here before.

Jimmy Yacabonis is scheduled to start tomorrow’s series finale, however he’s been taken ill and that start is now in jeopardy. There’s a chance that Yacabonis has strep throat, which (knock on wood!) I’m not exactly sure how you get during the summer. So that might leave the Orioles scrambling for a starter come tomorrow.

The series continues this evening at Camden Yards. Yefry Ramirez gets the start for the Birds, and he’ll be opposed by Texas’ Martin Perez. Game time is set for 7:15 PM.

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