Baltimore Orioles swept and held scoreless


The Baltimore Orioles have struggled at times this year, however until now they hadn’t gone an entire series or three-game streak without scoring a run. In fact, it hadn’t happened since 1957 – a run that ended with yesterday afternoon’s 2-0 loss in Boston. You can’t win if you don’t score; it’s as simple as that.

While he’s struggled at times in the second half, Ubaldo Jimenez pitched a great game yesterday. And unfortunately, he was credited with a loss. Jimenez’s line: 7 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 6 K.

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  • The first run of the game for Boston actually did come as a result of a Jimenez mistake. He uncorked a wild pitch to David Ortiz with Brock Holt on third base. This allowed Holt to score, and the Birds trailed 1-0. This shows you that things can happen when guys manage to get on base. While one base runner might not mean anything per se, all it takes is one mistake and guys can advance or score.

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    Blake Swihart would also send a solo homer over the wall in the last of the third, which gave Boston their second and final run. And you have to figure that when you can keep the other team (the Orioles in this case) off the scoreboard for the entire game – or series – that’s all you really need. The O’s had their chances in this game, they just couldn’t get the job done.

    The Orioles will now return home for a seven-game homestand (four against Boston and four against New York) to close out the regular season. I would highly encourage fans to get out to the yard to see some game this week, as there are some decent giveaways; including a t-shirt night and a hat night. But more importantly this week will represent your final time to see the 2015 Orioles in person in all likelihood.

    Some might look at that and snarkily say that’s not a bad thing  and so forth. However all Orioles fans know that there’s nothing better than a game at Camden Yards, no matter the stakes or the circumstances. Barring something uber-dramatic happening, you won’t have that opportunity again until next April. 

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