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Baltimore Orioles fall to Texas in series opener

Another quality start by a Baltimore Orioles’ starter, and another loss. Last night it was to the Texas Rangers, in game one of a three-game set. And Alex Cobb seems to be the willing victim almost every time. Cobb’s line: 6.1 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 0 BB, 3 K. Cobb wasn’t perfect, but he put the Orioles in a position to win the game. That’s all you can ask of a starter.

Cobb gave up a solo homer to Gallo in the fifth, and Texas took a 1-0 lead. However the Orioles did move to battle back, putting a runner on second in the bottom of the inning, getting him over to third, and then to home plate on Danny Valencia‘s sac fly-RBI. The O’s were very much in this game as it went along.

However the story of the season for the Birds has been clutch hitting. And no, I’m not even talking about their lack thereof. I’m talking about clutch hitting by the opponent. Oriole opponents have seemingly always just found a way to do whatever they need to do in order to win the game. And at times it’s happened in fairly uncanny manners.

This time it was a three-run homer in the seventh inning by Rua. Namely, a pinch-hit home run. Whatever the button that the Orioles have pushed this year, the opponent’s ended up pushing a seemingly better one. To make matters worse, Mazara’s RBI-double later in the inning ran the score to 5-1.

Now I will say that the Orioles did get some clutch hitting in the last of the seventh from Caleb Joseph. He put the Birds back in the game with a bases-clearing double that cut the lead to 5-4. He saw the pitch and he just went with it, which was good to see. But the O’s couldn’t get any closer than that, and they fell 5-4 in the opener with Texas.

The Orioles are also swapping out catchers again, deciding to option Chance Sisco to triple-A Norfolk after the game. The plan is to formally recall Austin Wynns sometime before tonight’s game. And speaking for myself I think that’s a smart move. Sisco has potential but in my view needs some additional seasoning. Wynns was a shot in the arm when he was here before.

Jimmy Yacabonis is scheduled to start tomorrow’s series finale, however he’s been taken ill and that start is now in jeopardy. There’s a chance that Yacabonis has strep throat, which (knock on wood!) I’m not exactly sure how you get during the summer. So that might leave the Orioles scrambling for a starter come tomorrow.

The series continues this evening at Camden Yards. Yefry Ramirez gets the start for the Birds, and he’ll be opposed by Texas’ Martin Perez. Game time is set for 7:15 PM.

Baltimore Orioles: It all fell apart at once

The Baltimore Orioles had a shot to win yesterday behind starter Alex Cobb. And then suddenly, they didn’t. Cobb allowed a big homer, left the game with a blister on his throwing hand, AND the O’s seemingly threw their collective hands up and seemed to say oh well what are you going to do – all at about the same time. Cobb’s line: 5.0 IP, 7 H, 5 R (4 earned), 1 BB, 5 K.

The Orioles put a couple of runners on base in the first inning, but failed to do anything. Chris Davis was called out on strikes on a questionable strike three. But nevertheless it was an opportunity squandered.

Minnesota took a 2-0 lead in the last of the fifth on Garver’s two-run homer, and then doubled their lead an inning later on a two-run shot by Escobar. Prior to recording an out in that sixth inning, Minnesota would proceed to load the bases. Now the sole benefit to the defense with the bases loaded is that you have a force at every base. So with that in mind, Garver grounded a ball right to Manny Machado at short, who threw the ball home.

Throwing home in that situation is the right play, because you always want to cut the run off if you can. However Machado’s throw short-hopped the plate, and a run scored. If you need further evidence that this team is snakebitten for some reason, there it is. Machado, who later in the evening was named a starter in the all-star game, couldn’t make that play, a run scored, the bases were still loaded, AND there was still nobody out.

Not only that, but Cave’s subsequent RBI-single scored a run and kept the bases loaded with nobody out. Minnesota found ways to either hit the ball hard enough or just softly enough to find grass between Orioles’ fielders in this series and this game. Yet all of the Orioles’ hard-hit balls found mitts. So goes the season I suppose.

Polanco would score a run on a fielder’s choice-RBI, and Dozier would then clear the bases with a three-run homer. When the inning finally ended, Minnesota led 10-0. Chris Davis would smack a solo home run for the O’s in the ninth inning to keep them away from a shutout, but all in all a 10-1 loss is a pretty ugly Sunday.

There was an element of whatever the Orioles did was futile in this series and in this game. Even when an out seemed inevitable, their all-star shortstop bounced a throw to the plate. Yet the likes of Cave and others would just softly dump hits behind the infielders where nobody could get to them, or the likes of Polanco would just hit against the shift. Has to be frustrating.

The Orioles now return home and will play a doubleheader against New York starting late this afternoon. Jimmy Yacabonis gets the start for the Orioles in game one, and he’ll be opposed by New York’s CC Sabathia. Game time is set for just after 4 PM. (This is a traditional doubleheader, meaning two games for the price of one. Game two will begin roughly 20-30 minutes after the completion of game one.)

Baltimore Orioles: Andrew Cashner’s error grounds the Birds

Andrew Cashner pitched the Baltimore Orioles to another quality start last night. The only problem was that it was his error which played a major role in a couple of Minnesota runs, which ultimately proved to be too steep a wall to climb for the O’s. Cashner’s line: 6.0 IP, 6 H, 3 R (2 earned), 2 BB, 3 K.

With the score still tied at zero, Minnesota put a runner at second following a lead off double with nobody out. Wilson then grounded to Chris Davis at first; Davis fielded the ball between first and second, and Cashner ran to cover the bag. All in all, it appeared to be a fairly routine play, which was going to leave a runner at third with one out.

However keep in mind that these fairly routine plays have bitten the Orioles where the sun don’t shine all season long. While Minnesota outfielders made numerous diving catches to save base runners and runs all night long, Cashner muffed the Davis throw to first. Wilson ended up at second, and a run ended up scoring.

It’s play like that which have snakebitten the Birds all year long. And it baffles the mind why they keep happening. It’s easy to say that they don’t pay enough attention to detail and so forth, but that’s not true. Human errors are going to happen, even to professionals. That much we know. However the Orioles seem to be a sponge of sorts for these types of occurrences. They soak up all of the bad stuff so that there’s nothing left for the other teams.

Rosario’s RBI-single later in the inning would score Wilson, leaving the Birds trailing 2-0. On a side note, that goes as an earned run to Cashner. It would have only been unearned had there been two outs when the error occurred. I would argue that the run should still be unearned due to the fact that the error put Wilson in scoring position. Again, just a sidebar.

To make matters worse, Morrison homered one inning later and the Birds trailed 3-0. But they tried to make a game of it – they just couldn’t pull it off. Jonathan Schoop smacked solo homers in consecutive at-bats in the fifth and seventh innings, cutting the lead to 3-2. So in essence, the O’s were in the game. But Kepler’s RBI-single and Cave’s RBI-double in the eighth sealed the deal for Minnesota, who went onto win 5-2.

The margin for error for this team is basically nothing. They simply couldn’t overcome that third inning error. All things being the same mind you, the O’s still would have lost this game 3-2. But you can’t always assume that all things would have been the same. That error put the Orioles in a here we go again mentality, which lingered throughout the whole game.

The series continues this evening from Target Field in Minneapolis. Dylan Bundy (who will have to be activated off of the DL, meaning that a roster move looms) gets the start for the O’s, and he’ll be opposed by Minnesota’s Lance Lynn. Game time is set for just after 8 PM.

Baltimore Orioles can’t cash in on Alex Cobb’s quality start

Alex Cobb gave the Baltimore Orioles a quality start last night in Philadelphia. Heck, he even registered a base hit (playing by National League rules, of course). And it was no cheapie; Cobb made solid contact on a pitch and grounded it up the middle. Yet he had nothing to show for it but a loss and a pat on the back for a quality start. Cobb’s line: 6.2 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 BB, 5 K.

Before the game started however it appeared that either the Orioles or Philadelphia had angered the baseball God’s, as one of the worst thunderstorms I’ve ever seen descended on south Philly. No exaggeration, some of the lightning bolts sounded like they were hitting right behind the grandstand. As Doc Brown said in Back to the Future II, it was “one hell of a storm!”

So the game began with a 90 minute rain delay, but when it did start Mark Trumbo led off the second inning with a solo home run to give the Birds a 1-0 lead. In theory Trumbo’s sudden resurgence is great news for the Orioles. However if there’s nobody on base ahead of him, it’s almost superfluous. Solo home runs don’t beat you, so in turn they don’t win games for you. Had that homer occurred in the first inning and a couple of runners were already on base, the Orioles would have really been in business.

Philadelphia led off the home half of the third with a base hit, and the starting pitcher Eflin actually bunted the runner over the first base in a typical National League-type move. Only that it surprised me to see them doing it in the third inning, however with a steady rain still falling there was question as to whether or not the teams would get a full game in. Following a walk, Hoskins’ RBI-double gave Philadephia the lead at 2-1.

However one inning later it was Trumbo again coming through for the Birds. His bloop RBI-single to right tied the game at two for the Birds, who at least were going to make a game of it. But one inning later an RBI-triple by Knapp gave Philadephia a 3-2 lead, which they never relinquished.

The O’s however threatened in the top of the eighth. With two outs and the bases loaded, Chris Davis grounded a ball to third, which Philadelphia third baseman Franco miraculously fielded. And I say that because it was in fact a deep ball in the hole, and it took a gold glove play to get to it. Franco proceeded to throw Davis out, although Davis hustled down the line – big time. And that’s to Davis’ credit, as he hasn’t ceased to play hard or to try. Say what you will about his prowess at the plate, but the effort is there in games.

The Orioles challenged the call, citing that the first baseman didn’t hold the bag. According to the umpire in New York, the replay was inconclusive. It did appear that the cleat was off the bag well before Davis crossed, and that it never quite made it back on. Buck Showalter used the term snakebit to describe that play (quote courtesy of Steve Melewski, MASNsports):

You’re just snakebit. I thought Chris (Davis) had some good at-bats tonight and hung in there and carved the ball the other way. It was a little offline at first. It’ll go down as a real good play by their first baseman.

If you read between the lines there, he’s calling the umpiring crew out. In fact, it was a great play by the third baseman. The first baseman appeared to come off the bag, however according to New York there wasn’t enough visual evidence to overturn the call on the field.

On a side note, the Orioles deactivated outfielder Colby Rasmus and put him on the restricted list. Earlier in the day Rasmus alerted Buck Showalter that he was heading home and wanted to “discontinue playing.” Showalter was very poignant in saying that there were personal factors involved in Rasmus’ decision – so fans shouldn’t rush to judgement in saying things such as Rasmus quit on the team, or anything like that. These things do happen, but once again they seem to have happened to the Orioles – who as a result of this and not being able to get someone to Citizens Bank Park in time for the game, had to play with only 24 roster spots last night.

The bried two-game series concludes today in a July 4th matinee. The Orioles have opted to start Yefry Ramirez, who’ll be opposed by Philadelphia’s Aaron Nola. Game time is set for just after 4 PM.

Baltimore Orioles, Alex Cobb bled, then gnashed to death

Alex Cobb started off well enough this afternoon for the Baltimore Orioles. Heck the Orioles as a team started off well enough. Trey Mancini smacked a homer in the second inning which gave the Orioles a 1-0 lead. And Cobb appeared capable of pitching around a few Toronto base runners here and there. But that quickly ended. Cobb’s line: 3.2 IP, 11 H, 9 R, 1 BB, 6 K.

Toronto had runners at first and second in the last of the second with two outs, when they started bleeding to death. It’s amazing to me how teams are able to consistently hit the ball either just past Oriole fielders or just soft enough to where they can’t get to them. Granderson did just that with a two-RBI single; it was a blooper, and Trey Mancini was just deep enough to where he was unable to catch the ball surging in from left field. The ball was hit so softly that the runner from first was able to score and give Toronto the lead.

As I’ve said, if you get runners on base good things can happen. And Toronto seemed to typify that this series. However my point is that the Orioles seem to be able to position their defense in anyway, and yet other teams can find ways to bleed them to death by a paper cut. That Granderson play personifies that.

However after just bleeding the O’s a bit, Toronto decided to gnash them as well. Morales smacked a solo homer in the third, and Granderson a three-run shot in the fourth. And on that three-run homer, Granderson had a 3-0 count. Cobb had to know that Granderson would have a green light – yet he hung a four-seamer on which Granderson jumped. In fairness to Cobb it did appear that the ball hung more than he meant it to. However anticipating that the hitter’s going to have a green light, that’s when you bury the ball in the dirt.

When the smoke cleared after the fifth inning, Toronto had a 13-1 lead. Whether it was an RBI-single deflected by the third baseman, or a cheap homer that barely made it over the wall, Toronto got exactly whatever they needed in this game. And believe me, it had it’s share of strange bounces and flicks off of bags and people’s gloves. One positive note was that Jonathan Schoop was able to perhaps break out of his slump with a solo homer in the seventh. Peterson’s RBI-groundout would close things out at 13-3.

The Orioles tomorrow will open up a three-game set at home with Boston Dylan Bundy gets the call, and he’ll be opposed by Boston’s Steven Wright. Game time is set for just after 7 PM.

Baltimore Orioles flush out a victory for Alex Cobb

The Baltimore Orioles started Alex Cobb this evening at Citi Field in Flushing Meadows. Cobb was dominant for six innings, and Oriole bats gave him exactly what he needed to win – although nothing more. Cobb’s line: 6.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 7 K.

This was also an exciting night for the Orioles and Orioles fans, as newly promoted catcher Austin Wynns made his big league debut. Wynss was almost masterful behind the plate, blocking balls and controlling Cobb and subsequent pitchers like an old pro. True to form, his first big league at bat came in the second inning, and it resulted in his first big league hit. There’s nary a better moment than seeing a guy get his first hit as a major leaguer to the cheers of his parents and family in the stands. That’s one of the things that makes baseball great.

The Birds got on the board early, and almost often. The first two hitters reached base, which is not something we’ve seen out of the Orioles much this year. The Orioles took a 1-0 lead on Manny Machado‘s RBI-single. Danny Valencia would add a sac fly-RBI, and the Birds held a 2-0 lead.

New York would put a run across in the fifth on a sac fly-RBI by Bautista. But Oriole pitching across the board shut them down for most of the game. The concern is that New York pitching also kept the Orioles down after that first inning. And things were looking up in that inning, but that was all the Orioles were able to get.

All in all, the O’s smacked six hits and walked twice on New York pitching. So were they just lucky to get out of this game with a win, or did it take a certain skill to win it? The answer is both. In order to win a 2-1 game you have to tap dance out of various situations, and the Orioles did that – especially in the ninth inning when the winning run was on base. Perhaps that receded just enough pressure to give the Birds the moxie they needed to flush out a tight victory.

It’s also worth mentioning that the O’s hadn’t played since Saturday. Am I suggesting that they were rusty? Not really, I’m actually saying the opposite. I’m saying that perhaps with some time off they were a bit more relaxed in playing tonight. And perhaps that helped them when the going got tough.

This short two-game set concludes tomorrow afternoon at Citi Field. Dylan Bundy gets the start for the Orioles, and he’ll be opposed by NY’s Zach Wheeler. Game time is set for just after 1 PM.

Baltimore Orioles: Is Alex Cobb turning into Ubaldo Jimenez II?

It begins and ends with starting pitching for the Baltimore Orioles, and last night that meant Alex Cobb. It also meant that things weren’t going to go very well for the Birds on the south side of Chicago. Cobb’s line: 3.2 IP, 8 H, 6 R, 2 BB, 3 K,

The O’s took an early 1-0 lead as Peterson singled home a run. However that was the best the Orioles were going to do on this night. Chicago’s Moncada smacked a three-run homer in the third, and the ChiSox were off to the races. When the smoke cleared at the end of the game, the O’s had fallen 11-1. Not exactly the result that anyone affiliated with the ballclub was looking to achieve.

Mark Trumbo sat in this game with knee soreness, which is something of concern for the Orioles. Trumbo of course missed the first month of the season with an injury, and the Orioles’ offense was fairly stagnant during that period. Trumbo will see the Orioles’ doctors in Sarasota before tomorrow’s game in Tampa, but the team isn’t expected to need to make a roster move.

As for Alex Cobb, he’s well aware of the pressure on him from fans to perform, and that to this point he hasn’t really lived up to his end of the bargain (quote courtesy of Steve Melewski, MASNsports):

There’s been some absolute difficulties for not only me, but us as a team to start the season. But I’m not going to look into how people view me as a pitcher. I’d obviously love to go out there and show the fanbase and all of baseball that the Orioles made the right decision in getting me, but it hasn’t gone according to plan to start the season. I no doubt believe that I will return to form, and this commitment that made – we made to each other – that it’ll end up working out for both sides. But you do your best convincing when you’re on the mound and pitching a good game. I plan on not looking too much into the stats and the overall season of numbers, but going game-to-game and trying to put a good streak together.

Cobb and his contract are being compared to that of former Oriole Ubaldo Jimenez, who vastly underperformed during his four years in Baltimore. Now in saying that, I always remind fans that over those four years there were plenty of times when the O’s needed a solid outing in a big spot and Jimenez delivered. That includes the 2014 AL East-clinching game.

However overall, would the Orioles still make that deal if they could do it over? Probably not. Is Cobb turning into Jimenez II? While a 1-6 start isn’t what anyone envisioned, it’s still far too early to tell.

And this season may not be the best judge, or at least the first half. Cobb missed basically all of spring training, which is obviously still affecting him. Having said all of that, there’s still a lot of season left. Cobb can still get it together, and his comment above should reassure fans that he has every intention of doing so.

The series concludes this afternoon, and the O’s will have a shot to split. Dylan Bundy gets the start for the Orioles, and he’ll be opposed by Chicago’s Lucas Giolito. Game time is set for just after 2 PM.

Baltimore Orioles, Alex Cobb get it right at “The Fens”

The Baltimore Orioles got a look at the version of Alex Cobb for which they signed up when they inked him back in spring training. It wasn’t perfect per se, but few outings at Fenway Park are going to be for any pitcher. But it was good enough to win last night – and that’s all that’s important. Cobb’s line: 6.1 IP, 10 H, 3 R, 1 BB, 3 K.

The Birds got on the board early on a Trumbo RBI-groundout in the first inning. Cobb gave up ten hits on the day, however for the most part the Birds were able to get out of those base runner situations unscathed. And that’s the key in baseball – getting yourself out of trouble.

Cobb in effect made one bad pitch – and it ended up being a solo homer off the bat of Betts in the third inning. Other than that, he worked out of most situations that arose. One inning after that homer the Birds got the lead back – and then some. Adam Jones‘ two-RBI single gave the O’s a 3-1 lead. Jones would also take second on a throwing error. Manny Machado would also add a two-run scoring single.

And just like that, the Orioles led 5-1 at Fenway Park. And it was due to a big inning, which was exactly how it had to be. Fenway’s been a tough place for the Birds to play the past few years. So had the lead been one or two runs, it might have been tougher to manage. But a big inning put everyone at east just a bit – including Cobb.

And sure enough, Boston did make a bit of a run. They would add two runs in the fifth to cut the lead to 5-3. However Jonathan Schoop would smack a solo homer in the seventh, extending the Birds’ lead to 6-3. And Boston came back again in the eighth –  on a Nunez RBI-double. But Trumbo’s RBI-double in the ninth inning ran the score to 7-4, which held up in the last of the ninth.

This was the Orioles’ first road victory on the season at a place other than Yankee Stadium. It was also Cobb’s first victory as an Oriole, which he addressed after the game (quote courtesy of Rich Dubroff,

Baseball is a crazy game, and you could have won some of those games, but I believe that when you have the ball in your hand, you have the ability to win a ballgame. I love the win. I love that column next to your name when you feel like you really show that you put your team in a position to win multiple nights.

The series continues this evening at Fenway Park. Dylan Bundy gets the start for the Orioles, and he’ll be opposed by Boston’s Rick Porcello. Game time is set for just after 7 PM.

Baltimore Orioles fall in second game of twin bill

The Baltimore Orioles were almost playing with house money in game two of yesterday’s doubleheader last night. Almost. The game still counted towards the standings and so forth, but the fact is that most twin bills are split – regardless of the teams and their records.

So on one hand it’s not too surprising that Tampa was able to defeat the O’s and Alex Cobb, however the fact is that as I said it was a game that counted towards the standings. And Cobb was lackluster once again, although the defense behind him did him and the Orioles’ bullpen no favors. Cobb’s line: 5.2 IP, 7 H, 4 R (3 earned), 0 BB, 5 K. (As an aside, Cobb may well have pitched deeper than 5.2 innings if not for a lengthy rain delay.)

The teams swapped lead off home runs in the first, with Tampa’s Cron and Trey Mancini of the Orioles doing the honors. However mind you that while Tampa isn’t necessarily a power-hitting team, they’re good at getting guys on base. And they did that again in the second, and Robertson provided them with an RBI-groundout in the second. Wendle’s sac fly-RBI in the third gave them a 3-1 lead.

Am I suggesting that the Orioles should start playing small ball like that? Not in the least. Often times if you play for one run you’re going to get…one run. But if you have a guy or two on base when the homers come, that generally helps your cause.

That’s not to say that Tampa has no power, as Miller smacked a homer in the fourth to give them a 4-1 lead. And then, with two outs in the top of the sixth, the weather came. And I’m not talking just rain. There was heavy rain, which came sideways at times, Wind, thunder, lightning, and hail. Yes, hail. I’m not sure, but I think it might have been the first time a storm involving hail interrupted a game at Camden Yards in it’s history. Needless to say, it wasn’t a storm that they could have weathered anywhere else but in the clubhouse.

When play resumed it appeared that the O’s were going to make a run of it. Trey Mancini got a run home in the last of the sixth with an RBI-single, and Jonathan Schoop produced an RBI-groundout. That got the O’s to within one run, but things escalated quickly.

Tampa would manage to put six more runs on the board before the game ended. And with all of them, they simply picked the Orioles to death. This team stubbornly refuses to give up at-bats, even in the doldrums of the ninth inning when the game was in essence over. It was doubtful that the Orioles had a seven-run ninth inning up their sleeve to win the game, but you never know I suppose.

One interesting question in this game is whether or not Tampa was able to knock Cobb around because they knew him. Those types of things can go either way – sometimes the player knows the team, and sometimes the team knows the player. Either way, Tampa sent Cobb to 0-5.

The Orioles will conclude this weekend series with Tampa this afternoon on Mother’s Day. Dylan Bundy gets the start for the Birds, and he’ll be opposed by Tampa’s Blake Snell. Game time is set for just after 1 PM.

Baltimore Orioles nickel and dime’d to death in the rain

The Baltimore Orioles were looking good in this evening’s game, against a team that they should have beaten. Then the fifth inning brought rain, and took away starter Alex Cobb, who to that point had looked promising. Cobb’s line: 4.2 IP, 10 H, 5 R, 1 BB, 0 K.

Tampa took an early 1-0 lead after putting a couple of runners on base early, but settling for an RBI-groundout by Miller. But the Orioles stormed back almost right away. Adam Jones‘ RBI-double tied the game at one in the first inning. The Birds would then put runners at the corners with the newly acquired Jace Peterson coming to bat. Peterson of course was claimed off of waivers from New York, and figures to see a sizable amount of action in the immediate interim with Beckham now on the DL.

And Peterson came through for the Birds, with a two-RBI double to give them a 3-1 lead. And that held up…until the rain came. These are the things that happen when you’re a struggling team.

A light mist started to fall during the fourth and fifth innings. The grounds crew gathered behind the tarp, at the ready. If there was a delay and eventual cancellation, all the Orioles needed to do was get through that top of the fifth to have the game qualify as an official game.

And you could almost see that strategy forming in their minds. Just get through the inning and we may have a win and an early evening. Instead the exact opposite happened, and in the most unpredictable manner as could have been possible – which is about par for the course this year. Tampa started the inning with back-to-back singles, including a bunt back to Cobb, on a ball that probably would have been better handled in dry conditions…

…that, immediately followed by a two-RBI double by Cron to tie the game at three. Cron would be sacrificed to third, and later score on  a sac fly-RBI by Miller. Wendle would cap the inning off with an RBI-single, and the O’s trailed 5-3. Sisco’s solo homer in the last of that fifth inning would bring the Birds back to within one, but they couldn’t keep Tampa down. Hechavarria would smack a solo shot of his own in the sixth, knotching the margin back to two runs.

Tampa would add two more runs down the stretch to take the opener, 8-4. However that fifth inning really seemed to conspire against the O’s. Cobb wasn’t good by any means, but the rain did in fact affect him. And magically, as soon as the damage was done, the rain subsided.

Some might say that was dumb luck, and some might say it was justice. As I said, you could almost see the Orioles thinking down the line to the ends of perhaps rain wiping out the rest of the game. In trying to achieve that so hard, it’s almost as if Murphy’s Law began to apply.

And the fact is that Tampa nickel and dime’d the Birds to death tonight. The O’s seemingly have no use for individual base runners. They want the big blast and the dramatic play. Tampa on the other hand did value each runner, evidenced by each and every player hustling down the line out of the box. No doubt that got them infield singles on several choppers off the plate.

What the solution is for the Orioles, I really can’t tell you. What I can tell you is that on paper they’re a better team than this. Their career averages indicate that, especially against a young team like Tampa. Many of these players have been around the bend and back again. Hopefully for their sake they realize that sometime soon.

The series concludes tomorrow evening at Camden Yards. Dylan Bundy gets the start for the Orioles, and he’ll be opposed by Tampa’s Chris Archer. Game time is set for just after 7 PM.

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