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Orioles' bats fail to deliver as they drop series opener with the Indians, 2-1

August 17, 2018 - 11:09 pm

The Baltimore Orioles are now 50 games under .500 and 50.5 games back in the division. The Orioles are currently on a two-game losing streak as they fell 2-1 to the Cleveland Indians. In a game that turned into a pitcher's duel, Carlos Carrasco picked up his 15th win of the season, while David Hess was handed his 7th loss of the season. 

Hess went six innings allowing two earned runs off of five hits, while also recording three strikeouts. His only significant mistake came in the first inning. Jose Ramirez hit a two-run homer to give Cleveland the early lead.

The Orioles had their opportunities in this game, but Carrasco always found a way to pitch out of the jam. In the top of the fourth inning, Joey Rickard had a golden chance to cut into Cleveland's deficit. With the bases loaded and two outs, Rickard struck out on five pitches. 

Baltimore's defense was stout seemingly all game. They recorded two double plays, while Joey Rickard made a fantastic throw from right field to throw out Francisco Lindor at second base. 

Miguel Castro relieved Hess after six innings, and he was spectactular. He went two innings yet he only allowed one hit on 16 pitches. The Orioles then picked up their first run of the game in the eighth inning as Trey Mancini recorded an RBI single.

Rickard struck out in the ninth inning to end the game. Baltimore will return to the field on Saturday for game two of this three-game series, and the pitching matchup will be Alex Cobb versus Adam Plutko.

Quick hits:
Only four batters recorded a hit on Friday night: Trey Mancini, Mark Trumbo, Chris Davis, and Tim Beckham.

Despite being hot entering this series, Cedric Mullins went 0-for-4

Craig Gentry made an appearance as a pinch-runner, and he stole second base.