Baltimore Orioles: Trey Mancini’s homer not enough to lift the Birds

The Baltimore Orioles fought as hard as they could last night against New York on ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball. But in the end they came up short yet again and ended up getting swept at the hands of their division rivals. Dylan Bundy struggled through five innings, although the Orioles ate at New York’s Severino as well. Bundy’s line: 5.0 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 2 BB, 7 K.

Voit got things started for New York in the second inning with a two run homer. I said this the other day, but I’m not sure what it was about the Orioles that got this guy going. He was traded to New York in the end of July from St. Louis, in what’s best mentioned as a “low level trade.” Basically, nobody’s ever heard of the guy. Yet he tore up Orioles pitching all weekend. If he retired right now, he’d always have that.

Andujar added a two-RBI double in the third, putting New York out to a 4-0 lead. But the O’s started to claw their way back in come the fifth inning. Jonathan Villar‘s sac fly-RBI cut the lead to 4-1. However an inning later New York was able to get their four-run margin back as Voit scored on a wild pitch. Even when a hit (off his bat or off that of someone else) wasn’t involved, he still scored!

However in the last of the sixth Trey Mancini‘s solo homer slugged the Orioles back into the game. But it wasn’t to be. Jace Peterson would add an RBI-single later in the inning, but that’s as close as the Orioles got. And they fell 5-3 before a national television audience.

It’s worth mentioning that the game wasn’t the blood bath that a lot of people probably expected. The Orioles atoned for themselves fairly well on national television. They battled against a post season-bound team, and fell short. And quite frankly it’s good experience for the young players on the team to play under the bright lights of ESPN on Sunday night. That’s a courtesy that the team’s former starts (the Machado’s and Schoop’s of the world) rarely got when they first arrived on the scene.

The Orioles will now open a three-game set at home with the Toronto Blue Jays starting tonight. David Hess gets the start for the O’s, and he’ll be opposed by Toronto’s Sam Gaviglio. Game time is set for just after 7 PM.

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