Baltimore Orioles Daily: Offense bottoms out as Nats complete Beltway sweep

BALTIMORE, MD - MAY 30: David Hess #41 of the Baltimore Orioles pitches against the Washington Nationals during the second inning at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on May 30, 2018 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images)
BALTIMORE, MD - MAY 30: David Hess #41 of the Baltimore Orioles pitches against the Washington Nationals during the second inning at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on May 30, 2018 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images) /
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The Baltimore Orioles were blanked by Max Scherzer and the Washington Nationals, bringing an end to an unfortunate series.

The Baltimore Orioles headed into Wednesday’s game having scored just two runs over their last 26 innings, and with Max Scherzer on the mound for the Nationals, they didn’t have much of an opportunity to reverse that trend. The imposing ace had his way with the Birds lineup, holding them to two hits over eight scoreless innings.

Scherzer lost his perfect game in the second inning, when the struggling Chris Davis singled to left field, but Manny Machado was the only other Oriole to get a hit off the reigning Cy Young Award winner. Closer Sean Doolittle found trouble in the ninth, allowing Craig Gentry and Adam Jones to reach base, but it wasn’t enough for the Birds to avoid a 2-0 loss.

The poor offensive effort totally negated a strong start from rookie David Hess, who went six innings and gave up just one run. Ignoring his lackluster May 20 start, the Tennessean has a 1.93 ERA in 23.1 innings — not bad for his first month in the bigs.

The Birds will try to right the ship, but their next opponent, the Yankees, aren’t exactly pushovers. That four-game slate will get started tonight at 7:05 p.m. ET. Until then, here’s what you might have missed yesterday.

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