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The Orioles' offense goes cold, lose second straight to Blue Jays, 4-1

July 21, 2018 - 6:06 pm

The Baltimore Orioles are now on a two-game losing streak as they dropped their sixth consecutive game to the Blue Jays. The Orioles are 1-8 against Toronto this season, and they are in danger of being swept this weekend. 

Unlike Friday night’s loss, Baltimore’s offense was putrid on Saturday. They only accumulated five hits, while they struck out nine times. The Orioles were 1-for-4 with runners in scoring position. 

Baltimore’s only run of the game came in the first inning. With Tim Beckham on third and one out, Adam Jones picked up a RBI single. 

Alex Cobb has received little to no run support this season, and Saturday was no different. Despite a solid first three innings, Cobb imploded in the fourth. He allowed three runs off of two hits. Although, Beckham did have a costly error altered the course of the inning. He failed to touch the bag, which allowed Justin Smoak to be safe.

In the fifth inning, Cobb balked, which brought in a run to extend Toronto’s lead to three. His day was over after that inning. He allowed four runs, four hits, walked three and struck out four on 88 pitches. 

Baltimore’s bullpen was one of the bright spots in this loss. Mike Wright relieved Cobb in the sixth, and despite allowing two hits, he was able to get out of the jam. Wright only went one inning, and it was an up and down showing. 

Tanner Scott was phenomenal in one inning of relief. He only threw 12 pitches, yet struck out the only three batters he faced in the seventh inning. 

Zach Britton also made an appearance in the eighth inning. He walked the first batter he faced but forced a double play. Britton’s command was impressive.

Baltimore’s last three innings were three up, three down. Their bats were cold as they fall to 28-71. The Orioles will be looking to avoid the series sweep on Sunday. 

Quick Hits:

The Orioles are reportedly looking to move Zach Britton this weekend or early in the week ahead, according to Buster Olney.

There have been no conversations between the Orioles and Adam Jones about waiving his no-trade clause.

Only three players recorded hits on Saturday: Tim Beckham, Jonathan Schoop, and Adam Jones.

Renato Nunez is 1-for-7 this series, but he has looked impressive defensively at third base.