Baltimore Orioles: When good things end, they end ugly

The Baltimore Orioles brought a six-game winning streak into last night’s series opener against Washington. Starter Tommy Milone was taxed with keeping Washington at bay. Unfortunately however, when winning streaks end (which they undoubtedly will eventually), they usually end in an ugly manner. Milone’s line: 4.0 IP, 9 H 6 R (3 earned), 0 BB, 2 K.

The O’s actually had the lead in this one, as Anthony Santander stayed hot and smacked a solo first inning home run. This after what’s become a familiar situation for the Orioles, a two hour rain delay. Before the game even started.

Gomes’ two-RBI triple in the second fave Washington a 2-1 lead. Washington would also put three across in the third on Soto’s fielder’s choice. The runs would score as a result of an error. Kieboom would also add a two-RBI single, and Cabrera a sac fly-RBI.

The only other Oriole runs on the night came from Hanser Alberto‘s RBI-double in the seventh, and Dwight Smith Jr‘s RBI-single in the eighth. However a Washington kept adding on, including six runs in the eighth, and two in the ninth. When the smoke cleared, they defeated the Birds 15-3.

As I said, when winning streaks end they usually end in an ugly fashion. When things are flying high and going smoothly, you don’t just hit a bump or snag in the road. They come crashing down on you. However the O’s can go out tonight and start a new winning streak. That should be the goal. 

The series continues this evening from Camden Yards. Asher Wojchiekowski gets the start for the Birds, and he’ll be opposed by Washington’s Patrick Corbin. Game time is set for just after 7:30 PM.

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