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Orioles’ Comeback Bid Falls Short in 5-2 Loss to Twins

July 06, 2018 - 10:42 am

By Joe Schiller

As the trade rumors begin to heat up regarding Manny Machado a number of players, the Baltimore Orioles are still continuing their season towards the upcoming All-Star break.

After getting swept in a short two-game stint against the Philadelphia Phillies over the fourth of July holiday, the woes continued as Orioles dropped the first of a four-game series against the Minnesota Twins on Thursday night.

The Orioles’ comeback bid came up short in the 5-2 loss, despite another quality start from Andrew Cashner. He struck out three batters and allowed just two earned runs in six innings. One of the key offseason pitching acquisitions drops to a frustrating 2-9 record on the season.

The Twins struck first on the scoreboard in the bottom of the third inning. Jake Cave scored off an error by Cashner and Eddie Rosario followed up just two batters later and tallied on an RBI single to extend the lead 2-0.

Despite the scoreline, there were ample scoring chances for the Orioles. Chris Davis thought he had extra bases on a deep fly ball to center field, only to be robbed by Cave on a spectacular catch at the wall.

Jonathan Schoop led the lineup with two hits, smacking a pair of solo home runs to bring the Orioles within just one run in the top of the seventh inning. That proved to be short-lived as back-to-back RBIs from Max Kepler and Cave secured the final scoreline for the Twins. They improve to 36-48 on the season.

Davis Struggles

It’s been a struggle for Chris Davis at the plate this season and that became more of a reality when he tied Cal Ripken Jr. for the most strikeouts in franchise history with No. 1,305.

The Orioles drop to 24-62 on the season and as of now, trade rumors are filling the majority of the news around the ballclub.

Will Manny Machado get moved? If he does, to where? Who else will be moved?

Those are just a few of the questions the Orioles have to answer as they enter arguably the busiest month of the regular season.