Baltimore Orioles Daily: Birds downed by walk-off homer in 12-inning loss
The Baltimore Orioles lost a heartbreaker on Saturday night, leaving them dangerously close to being swept again.
Make it five straight losses for the Baltimore Orioles. In a game that featured terrific pitching performances on both sides, the Birds’ bats failed them once again, and the result was a 2-0 loss in 12 innings.
Kevin Gausman threw what would have been a complete game, using just 113 pitches to shut down the Athletics over nine innings. But Oakland’s run prevention was just as good — starter Trevor Cahill struck out 12 men in six innings, and the Orioles managed just three hits against the bullpen.
The tense game continued until A’s DH Khris Davis went yard off of Pedro Araujo in the bottom of the 12th. Take a look at the heartbreaking blast:
At 8-25, the Orioles continue to sink in the standings. They’ve gotten good performances at the plate and on the mound, but almost never in the same game.
The two sides will wrap up the series today at 4:05 p.m. ET (here’s where you can watch). Below, check out the headlines you may have missed yesterday:
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The Orioles are in some serious trouble right now: The wider MLB fan base is starting to take notice of the Orioles’ poor play. In this piece, Demetrius Bell of SB Nation puts their struggles in stark terms.
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