Baltimore Orioles, Miguel Gonzalez fall late night in Oakland

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Miguel Gonzalez is hoping that last night’s game might not have counted since it ended after most Baltimore Orioles fans had goone to bed. You know, the proverbial if a tree falls in the forest and nobody hears anything did it really make a sound argument. However that’s not the way it goes in baseball, as Oriole bats fell silent on the west coast.

Gonzalez had another short outing which again seems to be due to high pitch count. In this case, he also surrendered some runs to go along with it. Gonzalez’s line: 5.1 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 BB, 5 K. However at the end of the day, Gonzalez put the Orioles in a position to win the game. But the pitcher’s park which Monday had been so kind to the Birds, also took away from them last night. Chris Davis, as an example, hit a first inning double – which anywhere else might have been a homer.

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    Oakland took a 1-0 lead on Gonzalez in the last of the fifth on Billy Burns’ RBI-single, and extended that lead to 6-0 on Brett Lawrie’s RBI-triple. And that’s the thing about pitcher’s parks like Oakland; the one advantage that hitters have due to the dimensions is that parks as such will in fact yield triples.

    That chased Gonzalez from the game, and Chaz Roe immediately gave up a solohome run to Marcus Semien to run the score to 5-0 (only one of those runs was charged to Roe, as Gonzalez was responsible for Lawrie who was already on base). And from that point onward Oakland pitching shut down the O’s, especially starter Chris Bassit.

    All in all, the Orioles only managed four hits and a walk. That’s not going to win you many games anywhere, but especially in a place like Oakland. Many Orioles fans of course are wondering if this means that they’re going back into a stretch where they can’t put runs across. And to that I would remind folks that a trend isn’t created in one game.

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    Furthermore we also know that runs are tough to come by in Oakland – and that the Birds don’t always play their best there. Not that any of this should be viewed as an excuse for dropping a game, because I can gaurantee you that nobody in that clubhouse feels that way. Nor should they, so that’s to their credit.

    The Orioles will finish their series in Oakland with an afternoon game today – mid-afternoon by east coast standards, and early afternoon on the west coast. And perhaps playing a day game with such a quick turnaround after a night game will help the O’s to forget last night’s game. Wei-Yin Chen will be on the mound for the Orioles, and he’ll be opposed by Oakland’s Kendall Graveman. Game time is set for just after 3:30 PM.

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