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The Orioles lose fifth straight as they fall 5-4 to the Twins

Chris Davis becomes Orioles' all-time strikeout leader in 5-4 loss to Twins

July 07, 2018 - 8:04 pm

By Logan Levy

The Baltimore Orioles blew a 3-0 lead en route to their fifth consecutive loss. Similar to their loss on Friday night, the Orioles had their opportunities to win the game, yet they failed to capitalize. Baltimore started out hot as they scored three runs in the first running. Tim Beckham hit a leadoff double, and he was eventually driven home by a Manny Machado groundout. Several batters later, Chris Davis hit a two-run homer to make it 3-0. This was Davis' fourth homer since returning to the lineup after his eight-game hiatus. Interestingly enough, Davis also broke a rather unfortunate record as he is now the Orioles' all-time strikeout leader. He finished 1-for-3 with one walk, one strikeout, and two RBIs.  

After an encouraging first inning, Baltimore botched opportunity after opportunity. They only amassed five hits after the first inning, but getting runners on base was far from the issue. In total, the Orioles were 1-for-11 with runners in scoring position. In the third inning, Danny Valencia entered the batter's box with bases loaded and two outs, yet he struck out to retire the side. This was after Machado hit a two-out single, Mark Trumbo and Chris Davis were walked. In the fourth inning, Schoop led off with a double, but a pop out and two struck outs by Chance Sisco, Jace Peterson and Tim Beckham, respectively, ended the inning. All of these scoring chances would have added to Baltimore's 3-0 lead. After the lead was blown, Baltimore had two chances in the eighth and ninth innings to climb back into the game. 

In the eighth inning, Adam Jones led off with a double, yet two fly outs and a strikeout followed. One inning later, Jonathan Schoop singled to right with one out. Following a Chance Sisco strikeout, Peterson hit an RBI double, which cut the deficit to one. However, Tim Beckham grounded out to end the game. Baltimore's comeback attempt fell short, but this collapse was not entirely the offense's fault.

Kevin Gausman started out red-hot. He was dominant through the first four innings. He retired the first six batters he faced, and if not for an error by Chris Davis, it would have been seven. Gausman was able to work out of the inning without any damage. The doors then blew off in the fifth inning. Max Kepler hit a solo homer to start the Twins' ferocious comeback. After cutting the lead to two,  Minnesota continued to charge in the fifth. Robbie Grossman and Jake Cave both recorded hits, which led to a Bobby Wilson RBI single. Following Wilson's hit, Joe Mauer was walked, which loaded the bases for Eddie Rosario. During Rosario's at-bat, Gausman delivered a wild pitch that Sisco was unable to handle, which led to Cave tying the game at three. Even though he blew the lead, Gausman was able to stop the bleeding there as he struck out Rosario and Brian Dozier to end the inning. Gausman's day would end after the fifth as he threw 41 pitches in that inning. In total, he allowed five hits, three runs and walked one batter in five innings of work. Gausman did record five strikeouts and for a majority of his outing, he was dominant.

Miguel Castro entered the game for Gausman in the sixth, and it was not a great showing for him. Castro was awarded the loss after he allowed two hits, two runs and walked two batters. He only pitched one inning, yet his pitch count was 25. Not to mention only 11 of those pitches were strikes. One of the lone bright spots of this game for Baltimore's pitching staff was Tanner Scott, who only went one inning. Scott allowed one hit but fanned two en route to a 17 pitch inning. 

In the eighth inning, Zach Britton entered the game, and this is perhaps the biggest positive for the Orioles as he pitched well. Britton looked 'Britton-esque' as he had a three-up, three-down inning.  It only took 11 pitches for Britton to record one fly out, one groundout and one strikeout to retire the side. 

The Orioles are now 24-64, and they will be looking to avoid a sweep on Sunday as Alex Cobb is set to face Jake Odorizzi. 

Quick hits

Chris Davis is now the club's all-time leader in strikeouts with 1,306.

Adam Jones continues to struggle in this series as he is now 2-for-12 with one walk.

Jonathan Schoop may be hitting his way out of his slump. In this series, Schoop is 5-for-12, including two home runs, and only three strikeouts.

Trey Mancini was not in the lineup today, but manager Buck Showalter stated during his pregame press conference that he is "fine". 

Adam Jones had a rather interesting interview with Gary Thorne on MASN's broadcast on Saturday.