Although O’s starters have had two consecutive quality starts, Oriole hitters have not been able to get it done in the past two games. On Tuesday night, the O’s put up a minuscule five hits after their offensive explosion, which consisted of eighteen hits, on Monday night. This silent offensive night came against red hot, and undefeated, Bruce Chen (4-0, 1.97 ERA). Chen went six innings giving up only one run and three hits. Manny Machado was the only Bird who was really able to get some wood on one of Chen’s pitches when he hit a solo shot in the top of the third inning. Jason Hammel (7-7, 5.20 ERA), had a pretty good outing himself going six innings while giving up three runs on ten hits.
The O’s went into the ninth down by two runs. The inning was led off with a clutch single by Nick Markakis, which then turned into a run when Adam Jones smacked a triple to center field. That gave the O’s a runner on third with no outs, but they weren’t able to cash in, and Greg Holland was able to capture his twenty fifth save.
Wednesday was another heartbreaker for the O’s. Wei-Yen Chen gave up only one run over his first seven innings on a solo shot by Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer. Chen ran back into Hosmer in the eighth inning with a runner on first base. The second meeting between the two ended the same as the first, that is, with Hosmer on a home run trot. The two run homer tied the game at three, and knocked Wei-Yen Chen out of the game. O’s stud Darren O’day came in and successfully finished off the eighth inning for the birds. Unfortunately, this was the only success O’day had. In the bottom of the ninth, in a tied game, O’day gave up a single to Royals David Lough. The next batter, Alcides Escobar, hit a long fly ball to left field which hit off the top of the outfield wall for a game winning double.
The Orioles will finish up the series in Kansas City tomorrow night. The O’s will send Mr. consistent, Miguel Gonzalez (8-3, 3.34 ERA), to the bump. Miguel with match up against former Oriole Jeremy Guthrie (9-7, 4.41 ERA). Guthrie is coming off a couple of rough starts, giving up five runs against both Detroit and Cleveland. This series finally is an important game for the O’s and will determine if they have an average 4-3 road trip, or a great 5-2 trip.
In other news around the AL East, the Rays topped the Red Sox 5-1 to take a 2-to-1 lead in their current series. Tampa bay is now a half game behind the Sox in the East. With Baltimore’s loss, they remain three and a half games back.
The O’s will have a golden opportunity to gain ground on the Sox as they take them on in a three game series beginning on Friday night.
The Orioles play the Royals in the series finally begging at 8:10 PM ET. The game will air on MASN HD (Baltimore), and FSKC (Kansas City).