The Baltimore Orioles found themselves not only swept in Minnesota this weekend, but they were swept by Minnesota in the season series. It’s interesting how it seems that no matter what the O’s did, Minnesota wasn’t going to be stopped. Dylan Bundy got the start for the Orioles, and while he gave up all four of the Birds’ runs he also in theory put the O’s in a spot to win. Bundy’s line: 5.0 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 3 BB, 8 K.
Bundy gave up a solo homer to Kepler in the first – because of course he did. The Orioles continue to give up homers, especially to Minnesota. He gave up another one to Buxton’s in the third, and the Orioles trailed 2-0.
Later in that third inning Gonzalez blooped a single into shallow center. That scored an additional two runs, giving Minnesota a 4-0 lead. In that case it’s either a homer of a softly hit ball that drops. Either way the Orioles lose out.
Chris Davis smacked a solo homer in the seventh for the Orioles, cutting the lead and the final score to 4-1. Again however, the issue continues to be the number of home runs Oriole pitching is giving up. I’m not sure what to say, as opposing teams are just feasting on Oriole pitching. How that stops is beyond me.
The Oriole bullpen did pitch four scoreless innings yesterday, which was a big bright spot. Again, the O’s were swept in the season series with Minnesota, 6-0. So they aren’t upset that they won’t see Minnesota again until spring training next year.
The Orioles now head to Chicago to open a three-game set with the ChiSox at Guaranteed Rate Field. John Means gets the start for the Birds, and he’ll be opposed by Chicago’s Manny Banuelos. Game time is set for just after 8 PM.