With more bad pitching and lackluster hitting, the Baltimore Orioles had another poor showing against the Milwaukee Brewers.
After the 6-2 loss, it is easy to see why the Baltimore Orioles are closing in on the bottom spot in the AL East.
Ubaldo Jimenez proved that his June 29 outing against the Toronto Blue Jays was more of a fluke than a sign of good things to come.
Instead of allowing only two hits and no runs, like he did against the Jays, he went the opposite way. Jimenez gave up six hits and five runs. Two of those five runs were of the home-run variety. In the fifth inning, Brewers’ power hitter Eric Thames hit one of his two home runs of the day. For Jimenez, one home run in the fifth was not enough, because right after Thames hit one, Travis Shaw hit one, too! Thames’ second home run of the day was off of Tyler Wilson in the seventh inning.
It was just one of those days where it hurt a bit to be a Birds’ fan.
To make matters worse, Mark Trumbo managed to injure himself. After taking a foul ball off of his left calf he left the game with a contusion. According to Jon Meoli with The Baltimore Sun, Trumbo said about his leg:
"“Pretty stiff. Wasn’t running too well. We’ll see how it responds tomorrow.”"
Despite leaving the game early due to the injured calf, Trumbo did have an acceptable day at the plate. He went 1-2, which was better than several other players. His replacement, Joey Rickard, was able to earn an RBI when he hit a single that allowed Jonathan Schoop to score in the seventh.
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The second run of the game came on a Schoop homer in the ninth. Unfortunately, the home run couldn’t get a rally going and the game ended with Adam Jones on first. Rickard struck out for the second out of the inning and Trey Mancini flied out for the final out of the game.
Along withe Schoop home run, there was one other positive in the game today. Despite Jimenez getting the loss today after a less-than-stellar performance, he did strikeout seven batters in his five innings of work. For comparison, he struck out eight in his shut out on June 29. Prior that, he had not struck out more than six batters in an outing.
Tomorrow, the Orioles finish up their series at Miller Park. Jayson Aquino will face Matt Garza. Aquino started for the Birds on April 22 going six innings giving up six hits and two runs. He had a pair of relief outings in April, too. The left-handed pitcher currently has a 9.00 ERA. Garza has several years of pitching under his belt and he’s currently sitting with a 4.36 ERA and a WHIP of 1.42. He doesn’t get many strikeouts, so the Birds could have a chance at a win before they leave for Minneapolis.