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The Orioles drop fourth consecutive game as they fall 6-2 to the Twins

Dylan Bundy struggles in his return as the Orioles fall 6-2

July 07, 2018 - 12:29 am

By Logan Levy

Despite a poor performance from Dylan Bundy, the Orioles still had plenty of opportunities to keep pace with the Twins. Baltimore failed to score more than one run in a single innning, and they only scored in two innings. The Orioles lost their fourth consecutive game on Friday night as they fell to Minnesota 6-2. 

Bundy, who made his first start since June 23rd, only went 3 1/3. It was a brutal start for him as the Twins recorded four hits and three runs in the first inning, although one of their runs was unearned. It started with two back-to-back singles by Joe Mauer and Eddie Rosario. Brian Dozier picked up an RBI on a single to left center, but due to a throwing error by Tim Beckham, Rosario scored as well. Three batters later, Jorge Polanco picked up an RBI single as Dozier scored. Bundy was able to get out of the first inning, and it looked as if he was beginning to find his stride. The second and third innings were both three-up, three-down, while the fourth inning was disastrous for Bundy as he allowed three runs. Bundy's night was over early as he was pulled in the fourth inning with runners on first and second. 

 Paul Fry entered the game for Bundy, and he was magnificent. He recorded the final two outs of the fourth inning in only six pitches. Fry was spectacular in the fifth inning as well. He had a three up, three down inning that included two strikeouts. Fry went 2 1/3, and he was dominant as he retired seven straight batters before leaving in the sixth inning. He finished with four strikeouts on a total of 23 pitches. Mike Wright relieved Fry, and he was also impressive. Wright went 1 1/3, and he recorded 2 strikeouts. Mychal Givens entered the eighth inning for Wright, and he went a three-up, three-down.

While Bundy's outing was certainly not ideal, the Orioles had their opportunities to manufacture runs. On the first pitch of the game, Tim Beckham was robbed of a home run by Jake Cave. Although that was unfortunate, Baltimore had another chance in the top of the fourth inning. After a Manny Machado groundout, Mark Trumbo reached on an infield single. Two batters later, Jonathan Schoop singled to center, which pushed Trumbo to third. Trey Mancini was then walked, which gave the Orioles the bases loaded with two outs. Joey Rickard grounded out to end the inning. 

In the sixth inning, Baltimore had another golden opportunity, and this time they capitalized. After Machado led the inning off with a walk, Mark Trumbo hit a rocket to right field that led to Machado getting to third. Chris Davis hit a single to centerfield, and that hit drove in Machado to cut the deficit to five. With runners on first and second, Schoop hit into a double play. Trey Mancini ended the inning a groundout to third. 

The seventh inning provided another chance for Baltimore to climb back into the game. After Caleb Joseph hit a one-out single,  Beckham hit a single, which brought up Adam Jones. Jones recorded a single, and Joseph scored due to a throwing error by Logan Morrison. Machado hit a groundball to left field and Beckham was thrown out at home plate. Trumbo flied out to end the inning.

In the ninth inning, the Orioles had another chance. With Tim Beckham on first and Caleb Joseph on second, Machado popped out to end the game. Lance Lynn was credited with the win and Bundy was awarded a loss. Lynn went six innings, and he only allowed one run off of six hits.

Bundy certainly struggled, which put Baltimore in a tough position early. Although the bullpen was outstanding, the Orioles' bats were not clutch tonight. They had chance after chance to put a significant dent in the lead, yet they came up short. Baltimore is now 24-63, and the question of when will the firesale begin will only continue to grow until the trade deadline. 

Quick hits

On his birthday, Manny Machado finished 2-for-5 with one walk.

Chris Davis' struggles continue as he is 1-for-8 in this series with one RBI and one strikeout.

Paul Fry continues to impress since being called up. In his three appearances with the Orioles, Fry has not allowed a single run.

Caleb Joseph went 3-for-4 with one strikeout, which is an encouraging sign for him as he has seemingly been in a slump.