Baltimore Orioles will have to start a new winning streak
Despite Hyun-Soo Kim’s homer, the Baltimore Orioles fell in Seattle 5-3, snapping a seven-game winning streak.
The Baltimore Orioles came into last night’s game in Seattle on a seven-game winning streak, not having lost since June 23rd at home against San Diego. Unfortunately for the O’s, they’ll now have to start a new winning streak as that previous one has ended. The Birds fell 5-3 last night in Seattle, despite setting the new record for home runs in June.
Chris Tillman was a bit sluggish in this start, his record falling to a mere 10-2. Tillman’s line: 4.2 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 3 BB, 3 K. Tillman’s the type of pitcher that needs his off speed deliveries working properly to be effective. Normally those pitches are at his disposal – they just weren’t last night. And sometimes that’s going to happen.
Seattle took an early 1-0 lead in the first inning when Seager sent an RBI-single down the line with two outs. This followed two Tillman walks and a wild pitch. The score probably could have been 2-0 on that play, however the runners couldn’t pick up the ball on the wild pitch and thus didn’t advance. Seattle would add a three-run homer in the last of the fifth off the bat of Smith, as well as scoring a run on a force play (which was challenged) to run the score to 4-0.
That Balls Outta Here
However Hyun-Soo Kim‘s homer got the Orioles’ offense going a bit in the seventh. It was only a solo shot, however it set a new MLB record. That home run gave the O’s 56 home runs in the month of June. While they were homer-happy in April and May also, the weather didn’t really break until the end of May. And that’s kind of when the bats really started cooking.
Seattle would tack on an additional run on a force play in the last of the seventh, however the O’s still battled back. Kim would also add an RBI-single in the eighth, as would Machado. But at the end of the day this just wasn’t the Orioles’ night, and they fell 5-3 in Seattle.
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It’s always tough to have a winning streak the magnitude of seven games snapped, but it has to happen at some point. As I said, the best bet is to just move on and start another one tomorrow. And by tomorrow, in this case I mean today. Or late tonight rather – with regard to Baltimore time.
I got a text from someone overnight asking me if Kim’s homer should really count towards June given the fact that it was after midnight. And the answer of course is yes; the game began on June 30th, thus those stats count towards June. Furthermore in the time zone in which the game was played (PST), it was only the 9 PM hour. Personally I refer to east coast time as “real time,” but the fact is it’s not the only time zone in the world!
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The series continues late this evening as the O’s will try to even things up in Seattle. Kevin Gausman will be on the mound for the O’s, and he’ll be opposed by Seattle’s Wade LeBlanc. Game time is set for just after 10 PM.