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O’s Drop Series Finale to Braves

June 25, 2018 - 9:15 am

By Joe Schiller

On the verge of their first three-game sweep of the 2018 season, the Baltimore Orioles fell just short. After grinding out two impressive wins against the NL East-leading Atlanta Braves on the road, the Orioles fell 7-3 in the series finale on Sunday afternoon.

Starting pitcher David Hess earned the loss and was roughed up on the mound in four innings of work. He allowed five earned runs and Braves jumped out to an early 2-0 lead with a Freddie Freeman two-RBI single in the first inning. Nick Markakis and Charlie Culberson tacked on RBI doubles in the third inning to extend the lead to 5-1.

After combining for 17 runs in the first two games, runs were few and far between for the Orioles. Trey Mancini and Mark Trumbo provided the only run support on the day by way of the long ball.

The backend of the Braves’ bullpen was stout. Shane Carle, Jesse Biddle, Dan Winkler and A.J. Winter just one hit in four innings following a five-inning performance from starter Brandon McCarthy. It’s a confidence boost for a group that’s allowed a combined 4.07 ERA this season.

Despite the loss, there are positives to take away for the Orioles. Mark Trumbo seems to be finding his form at the plate. The slugger has homered in five of the last seven games, including a first-inning grand slam in the team’s 7-5 win on Saturday. He’s just two seasons removed from a career-best 47 home run season and if this pace continues, the Orioles will continue to receive a much-needed offensive boost. Taking two games on the road against one of the best teams in the NL this season shows there’s still some fight left in the dog. Not to mention Chris Davis has begun to improve on the plate since his return away from the lineup.

The Orioles now head back home to begin a seven-game homestand against the Seattle Mariners and Los Angeles Angels tomorrow.