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Bullpen blunders give Orioles fourth straight loss

April 04, 2018 - 9:47 am

By Austin Medina

Though the season started off on the right foot, the Orioles have now lost four straight games.

The Orioles lost to the Houston Astros 10-6 in Minute Maid Park Tuesday night. The defending champions are a lot to digest and the Orioles found out the hard way.

Since opening day, the Orioles starters haven’t given any help for the bullpen, as the bullpen has logged 20 innings over the previous four games.

The game started off with many lead changes as both Justin Verlander and Mike Wright were shaky. After both teams scored two runs in the sixth inning, the Astros held a slim lead of 5-4.

In the top of the seventh, an RBI single by Adam Jones tied the game up at 5-5. The bullpen blunders came in the bottom half of the seventh as Pedro Araujo, in just his third professional appearance, put the O’s in a terrible predicament. After giving up an RBI single, the Astros lead 6-5. Aruajo walked the bases loaded and left all the pressure to be cleaned up by Nestor Cortes Jr.

After an eight-pitch battle, Cortes Jr. surrendered a grand slam to Astros outfielder Josh Reddick. Reddick was the thorn in the O’s side as the grand slam gave him four of his six RBIs in the contest.

Whether it’s the Orioles bullpen just not getting the job done or the starters not going deep enough, one thing’s for sure. The pitching needs to get better if the O’s have any chance within the AL East!

At just 1-4, the O’s have a game today against Houston before a four-game set with the powerhouse Yankees.