Birds’ Woes Against Toronto Continue With 4-2 Loss

Sports and Bets — April 22, 2015 at 10:40 pm by

The Rundown

With the Birds’ 4-2 loss in Toronto, they’ve now lost three in a row, and four of their first five against the Blue Jays. They’re also a game under .500 with a 7-8 record. Ubaldo Jimenez took the loss, and it was the 7th straight game the O’s have had without a quality start. Aaron Sanchez was somehow able to earn the win and hold the O’s to two runs in 5.1 innings, despite walking seven batters. Ugly stuff, babes. The O’s got off to a great start tonight, too. Jimmy Paredes hit a two-run homer to left-center in the 2nd inning to give the Birds an early 2-0 lead, and Jimenez was looking sharp in the early going.

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Jimenez held the Blue Jays scoreless through the first three innings while striking out five. Unfortunately, the O’s wouldn’t push another run across all game, and Jimenez’s effectiveness came to an abrupt halt in the 4th inning. Jimenez’s leadoff walk to Edwin Encarnacion was followed by a two-run homer from Justin Smoak to tie the game. The 5th inning played out in a similar fashion, as Jimenez gave up a leadoff single to Jose Reyes, and Devon Travis followed it up with a two-run homer of his own. Jimenez would be relieved by Kevin Gausman after surrendering four runs on six hits and three walks while striking out six over five innings. The Orioles’ two best chances to tie or take the lead came in the 6th and 9th innings. In the 6th, the Birds loaded the bases with one out, but were unable to score after Ryan Flaherty popped out and Caleb Joseph struck out. In the 9th, the O’s had first and second with no outs, but Joseph struck out and pinch-hitter Delmon Young hit into a double play to end the game.

Other Game Notes

Final line for Sanchez: 5.1 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, 7 BB, 4 K

Roberto Osuna, Brett Cecil, and Miguel Castro combined to throw 3.2 scoreless innings. They gave up three hits and a walk while striking out two. Castro recorded his 3rd save of the season.

The O’s had plenty of chances with runners on tonight, but could not come up with the big hit. They left seven on base, hit into three double plays, and took countless poor hacks at first pitches.

Alejandro De Aza might be the clubhouse leader for dumbest play of the season. In the 7th inning with the Birds down 4-2, De Aza was thrown out stealing 3rd for the final out of the inning. I could feel the fucking steam coming out of my ears on that blunder.

Gausman and Darren O’Day combined to throw three scoreless innings. They surrendered three hits and no walks while striking out three.

Up Next For The O’s

The Birds will try to avoid the sweep tomorrow at 7:07 p.m.

RHP Chris Tillman (2-1) vs. RHP Drew Hutchison (1-0)

Let’s go O’s!

cover pic: MLB

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