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The Orioles finish six-game road trip with a 10-1 loss to the Twins

July 08, 2018 - 7:00 pm

By Logan Levy

The Orioles will return to Baltimore after losing six straight games. For  the second consecutive  game, Baltimore’s pitching staff imploded in the fifth and sixth innings. In what started out as a pitcher’s duel ended as a 10-1 blowout victory for the Twins. 

Minnesota scored two runs in the fifth and eight runs in the sixth inning en route to completing the sweep. This marks the third winless road trip of the season for Baltimore, and they have been swept 14 times.

Alex Cobb, like Kevin Gausman on Saturday afternoon, started out hot. Cobb retired the first five batters he faced, including three strikeouts. He did allow two hits in the second inning, but he was able to get out of the inning thanks to a spectacular Manny Machado leaping catch. Cobb only allowed one hit in the third and fourth innings combined, and it looked as if he would continue his dominance heading into the fifth. That was far from the case as Mitch Garver hit a two-run homer after Max Kepler was walked. 

The game got out of hand in the sixth inning as Cobb left with an apparent injury after he allowed three straight hits. He went five innings, allowing seven hits, four earned runs and recording five strikeouts. 

Paul Fry relieved Cobb, and despite his impressive play recently, he struggled. Fry was credited for two earned runs and three hits. Fry only went 2/3 as Ryan Meisinger entered the game for him. Meisinger was only credited for one earned run, but he did give up a three-run homer to Brian Dozier. It should be noted that Miguel Castro and Brad Brach both went an inning and neither allowed a hit in the seventh and eighth innings, respectively. 

Baltimore only recorded seven hits, but again they struggled with  clutch hitting . When runners were in scoring position, they struggled to get hits. The Orioles’ batters were not patient at bat, which led to a lot of groundouts and pop outs.

In the first inning, with two outs and two on, Chris Davis struck out looking. Adam Jones recorded a two-out double in the third, yet the next batter, Manny Machado, grounded out to end the inning. 

Davis had another opportunity to put runs on the board, but with two outs and two on, he struck out again. He did score record the lone run for the Orioles off of a solo home run. Baltimore’s bats struggled mightily on Sunday as they had five three-up, three-down innings. 

The Orioles have fallen to 24-65, and they will now host the Yankees for a four-game series. This will mark the start of an eight game home stand. 

Quick hits
Danny Valencia continues to struggle as he is now 0-for-24 in his last 25 plate appearances. His last hit came on June 27th.

Buck Showalter announced that Jimmy Yacabonis will start game one of the double header on Monday against the Yankees, while Yefry Ramirez will start game two. 

Alex Cobb is expected to be fine for his next start, despite leaving the game with a blister injury