The Baltimore Orioles put up a goose egg against the seemingly unbeatable Cleveland Indians.
With this loss, the Baltimore Orioles are one game above .500 and it gave the Indians their 16th consecutive win.
Of course, it is baseball, so someone gets to win and someone gets to lose. But, this ugly loss, against the hottest team in the AL did not look good for the Orioles.
The problem was the Indians’ pitching that kept the Orioles away from home plate. After this game, it was easy to see why the Indians have been so dominant in August and September.
Not much offense
It wasn’t as if the Indians pitched a no-no. The Orioles did get on base, but they were limited to four hits, but they were only singles. And, three of the O’s were walked. This was tough to watch as the Orioles’ bread-and-butter is their ability to hit extra-base hits, especially home runs.
The hits came from the expected players. Manny Machado singled in third. Trey Mancini singled in the fourth and ninth. Adam Jones singled in the sixth. Adam Jones had a lead-off walk to start the second, but Mancini grounded into a double play to end that chance for a score. In the same inning, Chris Davis walked, too; but, Mark Trumbo grounded out to end that inning.
In the third, Machado tried to capitalize on a two-out walk to Tim Beckham, but his single wasn’t enough. Then, Jonathan Schoop ended the inning leaving both men on base. The rest of the game continued on like this, including a handful of one-two-three innings where no one could get on base.
Mike Clevinger, who is only 26 years old, had his third consecutive shutout. In all three, he pitched six innings. This was his seventh shut out of the season.
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Orioles pitching troubles
Even though the score did not show, it the Orioles pitching was not horrible. The problem was the complete lack of run support and Wade Miley‘s rough first inning. In the first inning, Miley faced seven batters. With Austin Jackson and Yandy Diaz on base, Miley gave up a home run to the always dangerous Edwin Encarnacion.
After that first inning, Miley pulled it together and held the Indians to goose eggs until the sixth. Miley’s final line was 5.2 innings pitched with six hits and four runs. He walked three and struck out four. His ERA is 4.92.
Buck Showalter replaced Miley with Miguel Castro who also had difficulty with batters in his inning. He did give up a run, but he also walked three and struck out one before his time was over on the mound. Richard Bleier had more luck in the eighth and Showalter used Chris Tillman to get the last out of the game.
Hopefully, the Orioles can get to the Indians in Saturday’s game. The teams face off in Cleveland at 1:05 PM.