Baltimore Orioles Daily: Pitching staff collapses in nightmare 11-1 loss
The Baltimore Orioles have been struggling of late, but last night’s 11-1 loss to the White Sox was jarring all the same.
The Baltimore Orioles are one of the worst teams in baseball, and they hit a new low last night. Their pitching staff fell apart against the usually meek Chicago White Sox, leading to a shocking 11-1 loss.
The Birds got off to a good enough start, but once Alex Cobb gave up a three-run homer to Yoan Moncada in the third inning, the bleeding never stopped. Pedro Araujo and Tanner Scott gave up a combined five runs in relief, increasing an already daunting deficit.
Meanwhile, the O’s offense had no answer for Dylan Covey, a 26-year-old righty who has a 7.05 career ERA even with last night’s one-run gem. They compiled just six hits, and Danny Valencia was the only Oriole to cross the plate.
It was a demoralizing loss, but the Birds still have a chance to even the series today at 2:10 p.m. Until then, here’s what you might have missed yesterday.
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