Baltimore Orioles fall big to Minnesota


From the perspective of the Baltimore Orioles, all you can really say is these games happen. At least that’s what we said on behalf of the Oakland A’s on Sunday when the Orioles beat them 15-2 on Sunday. How the tables sometimes turn – last night (or early this morning, depending on how you want to look at it) the Birds fell by that 15-2 mark to Minnesota.

Miguel Gonzalez had a rough night, although he certainly wasn’t tagged with all 15 runs. Gonzalez’s line: 5 IP, 8 H, 7 R, 2 K, 5 K. The game was delayed two-and-a-half hours due to rain in the area, which might well have affected Gonzalez – and a couple of relievers. However Minnesota rookie starter Tyler Duffey was unfazed, and shut the Orioles down. Call it the audacity of youth if you will. 

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  • Torii Hunter drew a walk with the bases loaded in the second, which set the tone for the evening. Kurt Suzuki would then smack a two-RBI single, followed by an RBI-double by Eduardo Escobar and a Brian Dozier RBI-single. By the time the dust settled in that second inning, the O’s were already down 5-0.

    It got worse in the fifth; Miguel Sano‘s two-run homer closed the book on Gonzalez, who was lifted after the inning after giving up seventh runs. The seventh inning would bring a two-RBI double by Trevor Plouffe, and Shane Robinson would run the score to 10-0 in the eighth with an RBI-single. And with that said I’ll spare you the rest of the details . Needless to say, Minnesota put five more runs on the board – some of which were due to sloppiness on the Orioles’ part.

    The lone bright spots for the Birds were RBI-singles in the last of the eighth by

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    Caleb Joseph and Gerardo Parra. But again folks, these games happen. For whatever reason Minnesota seemed right at home after the rain delay and the subsequent damp conditions. That was something that the Orioles couldn’t deal with last night. 

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    The good news for the BIrds is that much like the no-hitter and this past Sunday’s game (when the O’s won big by that same margin), this counts as one game in the standings. The O’s still trail NY by five games in the division, and they’re .5 out of the final wild card spot behind Anaheim. While the Oriole pitching staff has had struggles this year, I think that most fans are smart enough to know that they’re not “15 runs bad.” As I said, these games happen.

    The series continues tonight with Wei-Yin Chen on the mound for the Orioles. He’ll be opposed by Minnesota’s Tommy Milone. Game time is set for just after 7 PM.

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