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Orioles Shutout By Blue Jays, Tie Franchise Record for Most Losses in Franchise History

September 18, 2018 - 1:44 pm

By Joe Schiller 

The 2018 season has been a disappointing campaign for the Baltimore Orioles, to say the least, and they’ve found themselves on the brink of franchise history following a 5-0 shutout loss to the Toronto Blue Jays on Monday night.

Toronto controlled the offensive attack and struck first with a three-run second inning. After an RBI single from Rowdy Tellez, Danny Jansen connected on a two-run home run off of Evan Phillips, giving the Blue Jays a 3-0 lead.

Phillips made his first start with the Orioles since being traded from Atlanta in the Kevin Gausman deal. The 24-year-old Salisbury, Maryland native posted a 1-2-3 inning in the first put was pulled after the second. He earned the loss on the night.

Ryan Borucki pitched a gem for the Blue Jays, holding the Orioles to just three hits and striking out seven batters in eight scoreless innings. The O’s best chance in the third inning with Renato Nunez on third base but a groundout from Cedric Mullens ended any hopes.

Sean Gilmartin pitched in relief of Phillips and was the most impressive Oriole on the night. He allowed one run in 4.2 innings pitched, limiting the Blue Jays through the middle frames but no run support followed.

A solo shot from Kevin Pillar in the seventh and one from Aledmys Diaz in the ninth extended the Blue Jays’ lead to 5-0.

With the loss, the Orioles drop to 43-107 on the season, tying the 1988 team for the most losses in franchise history. And with 12 games to play coming up against the Yankees, Red Sox and Yankees, it’s almost certain they’ll be on the wrong side of history when it’s all said and done.