Baltimore Orioles: Defensive missteps hit again

Keegan Akin became the latest Baltimore Orioles’ starter to fall victim to defensive missteps in the field. We’ve said time and time again that extra outs for the opponent will allow them to take advantage of the situation. And the Orioles’ opponents are doing just that – with Boston being the most recent beneficiary. Akin’s line: 4.0 IP, 8 H, 4 R (2 earned), 0 BB, 6 K.

DJ Stewart gave the Orioles an early 1-0 lead with an RBI-single in the first inning. However Dalbec’s RBI-double in the second tied the game at one. But it was a Rio Ruiz throwing error that allowed Boston to have a base runner in the first place. Mistakes are going to happen; this much we know. But the O’s need to find a way to limit them, as again opposing teams will and are taking advantage.

Boston would take the lead in that bottom of the second on Chavis’ sac fly-RBI. However the Orioles’ shoddy defense would strike again later in the inning, netting Boston another run. DJ Stewart dripped a routine pop up, allowing another run to score, giving Boston a 3-1 lead. This would extend to 4-1 in the third on Dalbec’s RBI-single.

But the O’s would battle back. Renato Nunez‘s solo homer in the sixth cut the Boston lead to 4-2. Later in the inning Rio Ruiz’s RBI-double would cut it to 4-3. Needless to say, despite the defensive miscues the Orioles were in this game.

Then the last of the sixth happened. Martinez’s three-run homer extended the lead to 8-3, putting it out of reach for the Birds. Granted the coup de grace so to speak had nothing to do with the issues the O’s had in the field earlier. However it all adds up.

The series continues tonight at Fenway Park. Dean Kremer gets the start for the Birds, and he’ll be opposed by Boston’s Nathan Eovaldi. Game time is set for just after 7:30 PM.

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