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O's struggles continue in three-game series loss to Red Sox

April 16, 2018 - 3:21 pm

By Joe Schiller 

Through four starts, there is no pitcher more deserving to express his frustrations than Dylan Bundy. The Orioles’ ace put together his fourth strong start of the season but lack of run support faltered any chance of a positive result as the Red Sox came away with a 3-1 win on Sunday afternoon, capping off a weekend series to forget in Boston.

A Patriots Day matchup between the two sides was postponed today due to heavy rain, which proved to be the news Buck Showalter and the Orioles needed as they fell in three straight games at the hands of baseball’s hottest team.

Like he’s done throughout the early portions of the early regular season, Bundy was impressive from the mound. He finished one out shy of yet another quality start but allowed just one earned run on seven hits with six strikeouts.

In less than ideal Spring conditions, it was the Orioles that got out on top with a 1-0 lead thanks to Manny Machado’s first-inning RBI double. It was the perfect start off Chris Sale but that play proved to be the Orioles’ lone run of the game. The Red Sox took a 3-1 lead late in the sixth inning off a Bundy wild pitch and a Tzu-Wei Lin ground-rule double, which proved to be enough to secure the final scoreline.

Bundy’s stout performance was the only confidence the Orioles got from the starting rotation over the weekend. Chris Tillman allowed six earned runs in two innings during a 7-3 loss on Friday. The 30-year old has yet to find his form since the 2016 and holds a combined record of 1-10 over his last 27 appearances.

Second baseman Jonathan Schoop was forced out late in Friday’s game after suffering a Grade 1 oblique strain. Schoop was placed on to the 10-day DL and will undergo rehab before returning back with the team in the coming weeks.

Schoop’s injury moved Alex Cobb’s much-awaited debut up a day early but the newly acquired pitcher was shaky, allowing eight runs and ten hits in less than four innings of work. The batting order managed three runs in a 10-3 loss on Saturday night.

The Orioles now head to Detroit with a clean to begin a three-game series against the Tigers tomorrow night. First pitch is set for 6:40 p.m. as Andrew Cashner takes on Francisco Liriano.