Back during the Baltimore Orioles’ years in contention, they occasionally took a bad loss here and there. It happens. And today the Birds and starter Alex Cobb dished out a bad loss to the very much in contention New York Yankees. Cobb’s line: 6.0 IP, 7 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 6 K.
Cobb was masterful on the mound at “the stadium” this afternoon, doing everything in his power to limit the damage – and doing so successfully, I might add. Over the course of this season we’ve seen plenty of games where the Orioles would load the bases and only net themselves one run. This afternoon, they forced New York to accept that type of fate. And it’s a good thing they did, because they needed every run they got today.
The Orioles took a 1-0 lead in the second inning when Trey Mancini smacked an RBI-single to left. Renato Nunez followed later in the inning with a two-RBI double, and the Birds were in business. Tim Beckham finished things off in the inning with a two-RBI double of his own. New York would chisel away in the last of the second with a solo homer off the bat of Torres, and we stood at 5-1 after two innings.
Mancini would smack a solo homer in the third, and Breyvic Valera‘s RBI-single later in the inning put the O’s ahead 7-1. And after the conclusion of the third inning, the skies opened and we had a rain delay. A short one albeit, but a rain delay none the less. However the good news for the Orioles is that Alex Cobb was just as good after the delay as he was before. That’s not always the case with pitchers, which is why many managers change pitchers coming out of a delay.
The game remained at 7-1 until the last of the eighth when Andujar smacked an RBI-single to cut the Birds’ lead to 7-2. The O’s did get a scare in this game, however. With two outs in the last of the ninth Torres hit another home run – this one of the three-run variety. New York wasn’t about to be allowed to come back from six runs down in the ninth inning were they? And the answer is no; the O’s recorded the final out, and took home a 7-5 lead.
New York and Boston are battling it out for first place in the AL East. The Orioles are who they are, and we know they’re rebuilding. This is a game in which New York should have walloped the Orioles. Now they head to Boston for a four-game set this weekend, which could very well be a big factor in the final standings. That’s why this is a bad loss for them.
The Orioles now head to Texas for a four-game series in Texas starting tomorrow. Andrew Cashner gets the call for the Birds, and he’ll be opposed by Texas’ Yovani Gallardo (himself a former Oriole). Game time is set for just after 8 PM.