O’s Continue To Grind My Gears, Drop Rubber Match, 9-5

Sports and Bets — May 31, 2015 at 6:13 pm by

The Run Down

After a thrilling walk-off win on Friday, I thought the O’s (23-26) were getting ready to finally string some wins together. Boy, was I wrong. The O’s dropped their next two games with the Rays (26-25) to go a disappointing 4-4 over their eight-game homestand. Today also wrapped up a stretch where the Orioles played 17 out of 20 games at home, but they were unable to take advantage and went 10-10. Chris Tillman (2-7) continued his nightmare season, taking the loss after giving up six runs (five earned) on nine hits and three walks while striking out seven over 4.2 innings. His ERA now sits at 5.94 on the season, and he’s lost a career-high six decisions in a row (Kubatko). Jake Odorizzi (4-5) wasn’t particularly sharp, but he pitched well enough to record the W. He gave up four runs on seven hits and two walks while striking out six over six innings. The Birds struck first blood in the 1st inning on a deep solo shot to left-center off the bat of Delmon Young.

It was Young’s first home run of the season, and it was well worth the wait. What a bomb. The Birds’ lead would be short-lived, as the Rays scored two runs in the 2nd on an RBI single from Bobby Wilson and a throwing error from Young. Young atoned for his error in his next at-bat by blasting his second home run of the day to tie the game at two.

The score would remain 2-2 until Tillman melted down in the 5th inning, giving up four runs on an RBI single from Logan Forsythe and a three-run homer from Steven Souza. Souza was a thorn in the O’s side all series long. The rookie went 5-for-12 with three home runs, five RBIs, and four runs scored over the weekend. The Orioles had a chance to get right back in the game in the bottom half of the inning after Odorizzi issued consecutive walks to Young and Chris Davis to load the bases with two outs. Despite Odorizzi struggling to find the strike zone, Pearce swung at a first-pitch splitter and grounded out weakly to the shortstop, and it made me want to throw my remote thought the fucking television. I’m so God damn sick of these impatient at-bats in big situations.

The Rays added a run in the 7th on a solo homer from David DeJesus off Oliver Drake. Manny Machado answered in the bottom half of the inning with a two-run homer to center off Odorizzi to make it a 7-4 ballgame. But unfortunately, that would be as close as the O’s would get. The Rays scored another run off Drake in the 8th inning on a sacrifice fly from Evan Longoria, and they tacked on a final insurance run in the 9th inning on an RBI single from Brandon Guyer off Brian Matusz. The Birds tried to make things interesting in the bottom of the 9th. Machado hit his second home run of the game down the right field line off Xavier Cedeno to cut the lead to 9-5.

The O’s then put two runners on with one out, but Cedeno was pulled for closer Brad Boxberger, and the righty put the clamps on the Birds’ comeback attempt. He got Travis Snider to ground out and J.J. Hardy to fly out to center to record his 15th save of the season.

Other Game Notes

The O’s hit four home runs today, but were only able to score five runs. They sure could’ve used some Earl Weaver Specials, babes.

The Birds ended May with a 13-16 record, which clearly isn’t going to cut it.

Chaz Roe pitched 1.1 scoreless innings of relief, and he struck out all four batters. Roe hasn’t allowed a run over his first six innings with the Birds.

Up Next For The O’s

The Birds will begin a seven-game road trip with a four-game series against the Astros.

Monday at 8:10 p.m.

RHP Ubaldo Jimenez (3-3) vs. LHP Brett Oberholtzer (0-0)

Let’s go O’s!

cover pic: The Baltimore Sun

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