Baltimore Orioles: Another Painful Loss Saturday


Jun 3, 2015; Houston, TX, USA; Baltimore Orioles first baseman Chris Davis (19) reacts after striking out during the fourth inning against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Saturday was a sports lover’s dream. In no particular order, lots of baseball, the Belmont Stakes, the beginning of the FIFA Women’s World Cup, and Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Finals.

My afternoon was spent watching the Orioles. And it was another ugly game.

Ubaldo Jimenez was walking people left and right, but somehow weaved his way through five innings and only allowed one run. 

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But it wouldn’t be enough. Brad Brach came in, gave up a pivotal two-out walk to Jason Kipnis, and then left up a double to Carlos Santana to make it 2-1.

That would be the score in the ninth inning when Chris Davis walked with one out.

This was occurring as the same time that history was made as American Pharoah completed the Triple Crown for the first time in 37 years. What a run by the horse.

Then, I flipped back to the Orioles, hoping they could put a run up on the scoreboard.

Matt Wieters came to the plate, and struck out on a ball that bounced before home plate. Yan Gomes had it bounce off his chest protector and away down the third-base line.

For some reason, Chris Davis thought there was time for him to scamper down to second base. But, it wasn’t even close. Davis was meat at second base, and the game ended on a strike ’em out, throw ’em out double play.

Another superbly frustrating game for Orioles’ fans. Yes, Danny Salazar is a pretty good pitcher. But the Orioles could do little offensively, which it feels like is the story of the season. 

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Double plays, strike outs, first pitch outs, all are dooming the Orioles. Manny Machado swung at the first pitch of the game and flied out.

Of course, Machado also drove in the Orioles only run when he homered on the first pitch of an at-bat.

The Orioles’ struggles offensively continues. The front office isn’t afraid to make tough choices. Everth Cabrera is now gone, just like Alejando De Aza before him.

The Baltimore Orioles’ offense should not be this bad.  But so far, it is. And at this point, you have to wonder when, and possibly even if they will turn it around.