O’s Swept By Twins With 5-3 Loss, All-Star Break Can’t Come Soon Enough

Sports and Bets — July 8, 2015 at 5:20 pm by

The Run Down

The Twins (46-39) were able to complete their three-game sweep of the Birds (43-42) with a 5-3 victory. The O’s went 1-5 on their road trip, and they’ve now lost eight of their last 10. Ugly, ugly stuff, babes. In today’s game, Ubaldo Jimenez delivered a gusty performance. He gave up seven hits and three walks, but he was able to strike out five and keep the Twins off the board for five innings. Jimenez battled out of jams all afternoon, despite clearly not having his best stuff.


The O’s struck first blood in the top of the 4th inning after J.J. Hardy grounded into a double play with runners on the corners and nobody out. Hardy’s double play summed up the Orioles’ struggles with RISP this series perfectly. Even when they would miraculously score, they would find a way to fuck themselves out of a big inning. That would be the only run the O’s would score off Tommy Milone, as the soft-throwing lefty had the Birds’ bats flummoxed all afternoon. Milone earned the win after holding the O’s to one run on five hits and two walks while striking out five over seven innings.

Going into the bottom of the 6th inning, the Birds were clinging to a 1-0 lead. Buck Showalter elected to go with Bud Norris to start the inning, and unsurprisingly, that decision backfired in spectacular fashion. With two outs and a man on 1st, Brian Dozier hit a two-run homer, and Joe Mauer immediately followed it with a solo shot to give the Twins a 3-1 lead. In the bottom of the 7th inning, Eric Fryer hit a two-run double off Chaz Roe to extend Minnesota’s lead to 5-1.


Manny Machado and Chris Davis hit back-to-back home runs of Casey Fien to start the 8th inning, but by then it was too little, too late. Fien would settle down and retire the next three batters in order to end the inning. Glen Perkins came on in the 9th and set the Birds down 1-2-3 to secure the 5-3 win and his AL-leading 28th save.

Other Game Notes

The O’s are now a God awful 17-26 on the road this season.

The Twins went 1-for-12 with RISP, but were still able to pick up the win.

The Birds went 0-for-4 with RISP, and they were a deplorable 1-for-20 in the series.

Jimenez made a real nice catch with runners on 2nd and 3rd and two outs in the 3rd inning.

Dozier was 3-for-12 with 2 HRs, 5 RBIs, 2 runs scored, and 2 steals this series. That guy must really love that putrid Cincinnati chili.


This series, Machado was 4-for-11 with 2 HRs, 2 RBIs, and 3 runs scored. That dude is a hitting machine.

Roe gave up two runs in an inning of work today, and he’s now given up two runs in three of his last four relief appearances.

Up Next For The Birds

The Birds have a much needed off day on Thursday before starting a three-game series with the Nationals in Baltimore.

Friday at 7:05 p.m.

Both starters are yet to be announced

Let’s go O’s!

cover pic: MLB

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