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Orioles Blanked 6-0 in Battle of the Beltway Opener

May 29, 2018 - 9:24 am

By Joe Schiller

Returning from an 11-game road trip, the Baltimore Orioles’ schedule continues to do them no favors. That proved to be apparent rather quickly against their crosstown rivals in the Battle of the Beltway.

The bats were completely absent as the Orioles were blanked 6-0 by the surging Nationals on Monday afternoon.

Despite the losing scoreline, Alex Cobb (1-7) pitched a quality start for Baltimore. He lasted seven innings, allowing three runs on five hits. In a pitcher’s duel, Gio Gonzalez (6-2) came out victorious. He dominated the Orioles’ starting lineup and allowed no runs in just over seven innings of work.

Anthony Rendon connected on a three-run home run in the third inning and the Nationals tacked on three more insurance runs in the eighth en route to victory.

The scoring chances for the Orioles were few and far between. They went 0-4 with runners in scoring position and left six runners on base throughout the game. It’s been a sporadic offensive performance for most of the season and the lineup has combined for four total runs in the last three games.

We’ve reached the two-month checkpoint and the Orioles sit with a 17-37 record and are 20 games behind the first place Boston Red Sox in the AL East. With the non-waiver trade deadline around the corner, there will be key franchise decisions made by Dan Duquette and the front office within the coming months.

The two sides face off again tonight as Dylan Bundy (3-6) takes the mound against Jeremy Hellickson (1-0) with first pitch set for 7:05 p.m. ET from Camden Yards.