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Baltimore Orioles Fall in Extras Again, Swept By Mariners

June 29, 2018 - 10:14 am

By Joe Schiller 

So close but yet so far.

That’s been the storyline for the Baltimore Orioles all season and it continued through the beginning of their most recent homestand. After losing an 8-7 decision in 11 innings to the Seattle Mariners on Wednesday night, the frustrations carried over into the following afternoon.

The final matchup of the four-game series was decided by free baseball yet again and the Orioles were swept after a 4-2 loss.

With Dylan Bundy on 10-day DL recovering from an ankle injury, it provided the opportunity for a pair of young arms to show off their talents on the mound in Baltimore.

Jimmy Yacabonis made his first career start and provided solid outing in just four innings pitched. He allowed six hits and two earned runs off a Nelson Cruz home run in the fourth inning. Yefry Ramirez subbed in relief and impressed, shutting out the Mariners’ lineup in five innings of work.

While the opportunities have been scarce, both made their case to see more playing time in the near future or down the road this season.

Following Cruz’s homer, the Orioles quickly answered with long balls of their own. Manny Machado and Chris Davis launched solo shots to tie the game at 2-2.

It’s been a season to forget for Davis but he’s recorded five hits since Friday and homered in back-to-back games. He went 1-3 on the day and his stat line marked the first time since May 12th without a strikeout.

Offensive production was shy through the rest of regulation and the game was forced into extra innings. The Mariners struck first and it was all they needed.

Jean Segura’s single was bobbled by Colby Rasmus, allowing a speedy Dee Gordon to score all the way from first base. Cruz tacked on a single later in the inning to secure the victory for the Mariners.

The Orioles drop 34 games under .500 and the schedule provides no rest as they host the Los Angeles Angels for a three-game series tonight.