Birds’ Bats Continue To Scuffle, Drop Rubber Match To Marlins, 5-2

Sports and Bets — May 24, 2015 at 5:04 pm by

The Breakdown

The O’s dropped the rubber match with the Marlins in a frustrating 5-2 affair. After winning game one of the series, things really went south for the hometown team. They lost the next two games while scoring only two runs in 22 innings. Miguel Gonzalez took the loss today in a very un-Gonzo-like outing. He was pummeled early and often, giving up five runs on a career-high 10 hits and three walks while striking out two over four innings. Tom Koehler earned the win after pitching 6.1 strong innings. He gave up one run on three hits and four walks while striking out three.

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After five innings of play, the Marlins had a 5-0 lead. Christian Yelich and Martin Prado delivered RBI ground outs, Marcell Ozuna knocked in two runs on a single, and Prado hit a solo homer to left-center. The Birds would finally break a 19-inning scoring drought on a Jimmy Paredes sac fly in the 6th to make it a 5-1 ballgame. The O’s were able to make things interesting in the 7th and 8th innings, but they would unfortunately fall well short of completing the comeback. In the 7th, the Birds loaded the bases off Koehler with one out, but Brad Hand came on in relief and got Steve Pearce to ground into an inning-ending double play. Bryan Morris came out to pitch the 8th inning for the Marlins, and he immediately found himself in some trouble. By the time Morris was pulled for Sam Dyson, the score was 5-2, and the Birds had the bases loaded with two outs. Dyson got Ryan Lavarnway to ground out to end the inning, and the O’s would never threaten again. A.J. Ramos retired the Birds in order in the 9th to record his 2nd save of the season.

Other Game Notes

Chris Davis knocked in the Orioles’ 2nd run on an RBI ground out in the 8th inning. He also hit a double and walked to bring his slash line up to a vomit-inducing .212/.295/.432.

Chaz Roe made his major league debut, and he pitched two perfect innings while striking out two. Chaz’s living the dream.

Brian Matusz left his foreign substances at the hotel today and pitched two scoreless innings of relief.

Up Next For The O’s

The Birds are back home for a three-game series against the Astros.

Monday at 1:35 p.m.

LHP Wei-Yin Chen (1-3) vs. LHP Dallas Keuchel (6-0)

Let’s go O’s!

cover pic: Camden Chat

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