Orioles’ Comeback Bid Falls Short In 4-2 Loss

Sports and Bets — May 20, 2015 at 10:43 pm by

The Run Down

The Mariners evened the series at one game a piece with their 4-2 victory over the Birds. Roenis Elias earned the win after holding the O’s to one run on six hits and no walks while striking out four over 7.2 innings. The Birds couldn’t do a damn thing off Elias all night long. Wei-Yin Chen took the loss after giving up four runs on eight hits and no walks while striking out four over seven innings. It wasn’t a great start from Chen, but he was able to eat up innings and keep the O’s within striking distance. The Mariners struck first blood in the 2nd inning on an RBI double from Mike Zunino. They would add two runs in the 4th on a two-run homer from Justin Ruggiano and another run in the 7th on an RBI triple from Chris Taylor. The Birds were down 4-0 heading into the bottom of the 8th, and it looked like they were going to go quietly into the night. But the O’s were able to make things interesting after finally knocking Elias out of the game with back-to-back two-out singles from Rey Navarro and Manny Machado. Jimmy Paredes greeted Carson Smith with an RBI single, but he was thrown out trying to advance to 2nd base to end the inning.

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It was a totally inexcusable blunder from the red-hot Paredes, as Adam Jones would’ve represented the tying run at the plate. Fernando Rodney came out to pitch the 9th inning and immediately found himself in a jam. Jones and Delmon Young started the inning with two straight singles, and the O’s had runners on the corners with no outs. But alas, the Birds’ comeback wasn’t meant to be. Chris Davis and Steve Pearce struck out, J.J. Hardy hit an RBI single, and pinch hitter Travis Snider grounded out to end the ballgame. Rodney recorded his 10th save, and the O’s fell to 17-20.

Other Game Notes

Jones went 3-for-4 with a run scored, and it looks like he’s getting ready to heat up once again.

Paredes has hit in 23 of his 26 games since coming off the DL.

T.J. McFarland and Tommy Hunter combined to pitch a scoreless 8th inning.

Tyler Wilson made his major league debut. He worked around two hits to pitch a scoreless 9th inning.

The Birds didn’t have a runner in scoring position until the 7th inning.

The O’s have had their starting pitchers go at least seven innings in their last six games, but they only have a 3-3 record to show for it.

Up Next For The O’s

The Orioles will wrap up their three-game series against the Mariners tomorrow at 12:35 p.m.

RHP Chris Tillman (2-5) vs. LHP J.A. Happ (3-1)

Let’s go O’s!

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