When teams get tired, defense is one of the first things to go, and the Baltimore Orioles suffered an embarrassing loss because of it.
The latest Baltimore Orioles loss came at the hands of the Boston Red Sox. Before this game, the O’s were ahead in the match-ups. Now, the two bottom-dwelling teams are tied at four wins each.
The saddest part of the loss was that the pitching from Keegan Akin and the rest of the staff was decent. Akin gave up two earned runs, despite four being scored on his watch. The signs of his solid outing was the zero walks and the six strikeouts in four innings of work.
For a pitcher, there’s nothing quite like not being able to trust your defense when you take the mound. Especially against a team that still has hitters like JD Martinez, Xander Bogaerts, and Rafael Devers.
By the end of the night, the Orioles had three errors. But, the Red Sox racked up two themselves. This just goes to show you that the teams deserve to be where they are in the AL East, which is at the bottom and not in the playoffs.
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Even though the teams had the short 60-game season, they came quickly and furiously. With 55 games under their belts, it is clear that the team is tired. Overall, the Orioles have been through a lot – from Trey Mancini‘s cancer treatments to the loss of Mo Gaba. And, injuries have also plagued the team.
Professional athletes are trained to get through the mental struggles, but this season brought more than anyone could have predicted. It is easy to get frustrated by a loss like this, but the Orioles still have five more to go.
For a few of the players, their futures are on the line, and these last few games could make or break them. Consider a pitcher like Jorge Lopez, who most likely will get one more start before the Orioles watch the playoffs from their television sets. He’s performed well with the team, but one more game could affect how much he is worth in the off-season.
The Orioles are who they are: a team of young players who are making their way through a highly competitive League. They will fumble along the way, and the game against the Red Sox was proof of that.