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Costly Throwing Error the Difference in O’s 4-3 Loss to Rays

July 27, 2018 - 9:24 am

By Joe Schiller

The Baltimore Orioles have made it clear they are taking on a full-scale rebuild but each loss still adds to what’s been a miserable season in 2018. After Wednesday night’s matchup against the Boston Red Sox was postponed, an early blowout was wiped away, giving the Orioles new life.

They looked to build some momentum as the Tampa Bay Rays came into town for a four-game series. But despite home runs by Jonathan Schoop and Chris Davis, Jhan Marinez’s throwing error was the difference as the Orioles lost 4-3 on Thursday night.

Both sides went scoreless through the first three innings until the Rays struck first in the fourth. Jake Bauers and Ji-Man Choi tallied RBI singles off Alex Cobb to take a 2-0 lead. Cobb, who’s posted a career-worst season in 2018, lasted six innings on the night. He allowed three earned runs and struck out two batters. The loss dropped him to 2-14 on the season.

The Orioles answered one inning later when Jonathan Schoop blasted a two-run home run to left field. Since trading Manny Machado to the Dodgers, Schoop has been on a tear. It was his fourth home run in four games and he’s recorded a hit in 19 of the last 20 games.

But the seventh inning proved to be the deciding factor between the struggling AL East teams. Following an RBI single by Adeiny Hechavarría, the Rays loaded the bases for Matt Duffy. Facing reliever Jhan Marinez, Duffy hit a broken-bat grounder to the mound that should have ended the inning but a throwing error by Marinez scored Joey Wendle to give the Rays a 4-2 lead.

Chris Davis’ eighth-inning cut the deficit to just one run but Orioles fell short and dropped to 29-74 on the season.

With trade rumors continuing to swirl around Adam Jones, Kevin Gausman, and the top remaining players, the Orioles have just four days to make a move. The July 31st trade deadline looms and that will be much of the focus for the team heading into the weekend.

Andrew Cashner will take the mound tonight against Chris Archer. First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m. from Camden Yards