The Baltimore Orioles were unable to muster anything of note in yesterday’s series finale at Cleveland’s Progressive Field. Yefry Ramirez was battered around in his truncated outing; and it all begins and ends with starting pitching, as we know. But Oriole bats fell silent as well. Ramirez’s line: 3.0 IP, 7 H, 7 R, 5 BB, 2 K.
Cleveland led 2-0 after two innings following a first inning RIB-double by Diaz, and a second inning RBI-single by Allen. However it was the fourth inning that broke the game open. Bradley smacked an RBI-double, and Yefry Ramirez’s day ended when he walked Diaz with the bases loaded, running the score to 4-0.
But that didn’t improve things in the long run. The next batter up was Cabrera, who promptly deposited a grand slam into the seats, giving Cleveland an 8-0 lead. And that of course turned into an 8-0 victory.
You never want to lose games, but again these types of outings are part of rebuilding. Cleveland is a team that’s green lighted for the post season, so they’re no slouches. The goal for the Orioles is to get back to that level at some point. At least that’s what the rebuilding effort in essence is all about.
And the Orioles had opportunities in this game. The lead off hitter was aboard in several innings, but Cleveland always managed to kill the rallies. Heck, the Orioles were even 2-for-7 with runners in scoring position. While that’s not the greatest number on earth, it’s better than zero.
But consider that for a moment; the O’s actually had two hits with runners in scoring position. And out of those two sequences, they netted zero runs. That’s tough to do if you think about it.
Mark Trumbo is headed back to Baltimore to have an MRI on his knee, which flared up in pain once again. Trumbo appears to be ear marked again for the DL. He of course started the season on the DL, before coming up in the beginning of May. It’s a tough pill to swallow for both Trumbo and the O’s, but if you think about it one could also argue that it’s about par for the course for this year.
The Orioles now head north of the border to Rogers Centre (a park that’s haunted the Orioles for years) for a three-game set with Toronto. Andrew Cashner gets the start for the Orioles, and he’ll be opposed by Toronto’s Marco Estrada. Game time is set for just after 7 PM.