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Cashner’s Quality Start Not Enough in 5-3 Loss to Mariners

June 26, 2018 - 6:09 am

By Joe Schiller

It’s been a frustrating start to the first half of the 2018 season for Andrew Cashner. Heading into tonight, he had received the lowest run support (2.8) of any Orioles starting pitcher. That trend continued on Monday night. 

Cashner posted a quality start with six innings of work but it wasn’t enough as the Orioles dropped their homestand opener 5-3 to the Seattle Mariners.

Cashner allowed a two-RBI single to Dee Gordon in the second inning but was relatively solid on the mound otherwise. He allowed four hits and three earned runs on the night, earning the no-decision after being pulled following the sixth inning.

Down 2-0 in the fifth inning, Jonathan Schoop provided life on the scoresheet with a solo shot, his eighth of the year. He and Trey Mancini added on RBI singles one inning later to tie the game at 3-3 but the bullpen failed to sustain the opposition’s bats.

Miguel Castro’s wild pitch and Mitch Haniger’s sacrifice fly provided the winning runs for the Mariners as they took the first of four games to start the homestand.

Tim Beckham was 0-4 with a strikeout in his long-awaited return from the DL and Nelson Cruz went hitless as he returned to his former ballclub.

The Orioles drop 31 games under .500 and own currently own the worst record in the majors. With a fully healthy lineup, they’ll look to rebound as Kevin Gausman takes the mound tomorrow night looking for his fourth win of the season.