Less than a week after it began, the Baltimore Orioles playoff run is over. On Tuesday night, the Orioles lost game three of the ALDS 7-1 to the Texas Rangers, getting swept in the series and going home without winning a game in the playoffs.
There isn't one particular thing to blame for the Orioles playoff defeat. In game one, a "miscommunication" led to the Orioles comeback bid falling short. In game two, the pitching staff gave up too many runs for the offense to keep up, with the Orioles losing 11-8.
Game three, everything went sour. The offense reverted back to going cold, being unable to do anything against Nathan Eovaldi. Dean Kremer couldn't finish two innings and gave up six runs, putting the team in a hole that proved too big to climb out of. The Orioles season didn't end the way anyone anticipated it too, whether you had them winning the World Series or not.
Orioles season comes to disappointing end in game three
Game one, the first playoff game at Camden Yards, was a close duel. Two things did the Orioles in, that being a Josh Jung homer and Gunnar Henderson being thrown out by Jonah Heim trying to steal second base. Despite the sour ending, it was not a bad game by the Orioles, just one that they ultimately fell short in. It happens.
In game two, the pitching just didn't do the Orioles any favors. Grayson Rodriguez was tagged for five runs and didn't make it out of the second inning. Jacob Webb gave up a grand slam to Mitch Garver. Jack Flaherty and Yennier Cano each allowed a run.
The offense tried their hardest to keep up, they really did. Aaron Hicks had a strong game, hitting a three run home run and driving in five runs. Gunnar Henderson hit his first playoff home run. Jorge Mateo went 4-4. Alas, they couldn't seem to get the one big hit, and the pitching gave up a few too many runs. Four, on one swing by Garver to be exact.
Game three, there were no positives to take home as the Orioles season ended. They fell flat. They were already down in the first inning after a long Corey Seager home run. In the third inning, they made the right call to walk Seager to get to Garver. I'll say that again, they made the right call. You can't allow a player like Seager to beat you in an elimination game.
Unfortunately, the right decision led to poor results, as Garver was the guy who beat them with a two run double to make it 3-0. The next batter was Adolis Garcia, who made things worse with a killer three run home run.
That home run was the hypothetical death punch for the Orioles, as the season felt over in the second inning of game three. Sure, Gunnar Henderson drove in a run in the fifth, but they couldn't do anything with the bat all night and couldn't prevent runs.
Things fell flat in all facets of play for the Orioles at the worst possible time. They didn't win a series, they didn't even win a game because of it. It was the most the Orioles had looked mortal all season long, and it's even more disappointing because it wasn't something that anyone expected, whether they had picked the Orioles to beat Texas or not.
It was still a good season for the 101 win Orioles, but it ended in the worst possible way, without a win in October. They haven't won a playoff game since 2014, a drought everyone expected would end this year. The offseason is upon us earlier than anticipated.