The Baltimore Orioles lost another one on Saturday night against the red-hot Toronto Blue Jays in Buffalo.
Sadly, the problems with the Baltimore Orioles landed on Alex Cobb who got zero run-support ended the night with one of his worst lines of the season. He became visibly frustrated with his fielders throughout the game.
Only the top three batters got on base against the Blue Jays and their newest pitcher. Along with no run support, the Orioles had issues on defense.
Part of the problem was Cobb’s, as the Jays continued to find holes with bloop singles that eventually turned into runs. By the end of four innings, the Jays had eight hits, five runs, and four earned runs against Cobb. That was all they needed to get the win.
Vladimir Guerrero Jr.continued to be a pain in the side of Orioles pitchers. The 21-year-old went 2-4 with a pair of RBI and a run scored. Anthony Santander‘s error in the first inning put runners in scoring position for Guerrero knock in for two early runs.
The second error of the game belonged to Rio Ruiz who had a throwing error that put Danny Jansen on what should have been an out. Fortunately, nothing came of that error. But, the defense struggled through Cobb’s four innings. Cobb faced the minimum in the third, but the fourth became too much as several hits turned into three runs, only one of the four hits in that inning was for extra bases. They just landed in spots where the Orioles weren’t.
Cobb could be a trade chip for the Orioles, but his performance and the lack of support from his teammates could keep him in Baltimore for the rest of the season.
The few Orioles highlights belonged to Jose Iglesias, who went 2-4 with another double, and now has a .406 batting average. In the top of the fifth, Santander singled and Iglesias doubled. But, with two outs and runners in scoring position, Renato Nunez popped up to right field to leave two runners on.
Other than that, Santander had a single in the first. And, Hanser Alberto had his only hit of the game with two outs in the seventh. The Orioles just could not string together a series of hits, and overall, they looked like the team the media thought they would be in 2020.
Hopefully, the Orioles are just in a little slump and will recover from it soon. At this point, they are far, far away from qualifying for a Wild Card game, and are sitting in ninth in the AL. They are 8 games back from the AL East leading Tampa Bay Rays.
There are only 28 games left in the regular season, and with the trade deadline looming, things could change for the teams in the lead. Clearly for the Jays, who are half-a-game behind the Yankees, benefited from adding Taijuan Walker to the roster.