O’s Murdered In Minneapolis As Losing Ways Continue

Sports and Bets — July 7, 2015 at 11:25 pm by

The Run Down

What the hell is happening on the diamond to our beloved Birds?  The Orioles polished up a nice 8-3 loss tonight against the Twins, called it a cherry, and plopped it on top of the turd sundae that has been Baltimore baseball over the past nine games.  During that stretch the O’s are 2-7 .  Timely hitting has disappeared (1-16 in this series) and tonight the pitching jumped ship along with the bats.

Kevin Gausman imploded to give up eight runs (7 earned) in just 3.2 innings.  Gausman allowed seven hits and a walk, and despite four strikeouts, it was evident the young fireballer just didn’t have it.  The Twins got the party started quickly with a three run first inning that was keyed by a Miguel Sano two run home run.  The Twinkies would tack a run on in the third on a Gausman/Wieters passed ball. (Guasman also logged two wild pitches over his short start.) In the fourth, the Minnesota flood gates would open.  After Gausman allowed a sac-fly produced run and then loaded the bases, he would give way to reliever Brad Brach.  Brach wouldn’t do Gausman’s ERA any favors.  Brach walked in a run and then Eddie Rosario would rope a two run single to make it 8-0, Minnesota.  Mercifully,  Miguel Sano was gunned down at second for the final out to get out of the inning.

But the damage was done and the ball game was essentially already over.  A lesser, yet smarter,  fan would have gone to sleep, but that snoozing fan would miss JJ Hardy’s two run blast in the fifth and Adam Jones’ RBI double in the eighth that hit the top of the center-field wall.  Those runs made the score 8-3 and really just prolonged the inevitable.

Despite Gausman’s poor start, I still believe him to be the most talented starter on this roster.  I hope this shellacking doesn’t get him sent packing to Norfolk to another roster crunch.  His last start was awesome and his command was on point.  Sure, he needs to be consistent with his breaking stuff, but I feel like he’s good enough to develop  that third pitch at the big league level.  This constant up and down, and rotation uncertainty, can’t be good for him.

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Other Game Notes

Adam Jones went two-for-four with an RBI and two doubles.  He now has 40 RBIs on the season.

Manny reached base twice with a base hit and a walk.

Matt Wieters, after going 3-4 last night, went 0-3 with a walk.

Four Birds made the ASG: Jones, Machado, O’Day, and Britton.  All deserved.

The O’s need one bad tomorrow afternoon.

Next up For The O’s

Businessman’s Lunch/Getaway Day Afternoon Special,  1:10 PM EST @ Target Field

Jimenez (7-4 ) vs Milone (4-1 )

Let’s Go O’s!

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