The Orioles came out of the three-game sweep of the Tampa Bay Rays with heads held high. However, the Miami Marlins would come to town and shake that all up.
Making up for the missed games earlier last week, the Miami Marlins visited Camden Yards as the away team and the home team in this series.
John Means got the start in the first game of this series and performed much better than his first start.
Means gave up only one run across 4.2 innings, while striking out four. He left the game in the fifth inning with his team in a good position to win.
Unfortunately, the previously red hot Orioles offense was nowhere to be found, netting only three hits in the game. Despite quality pitching, the Orioles were shut out and dropped game one 4-0.
Wednesday featured a doubleheader, where both games consisted of only seven innings. On the mound for the Orioles was Alex Cobb, who looked to continue his quality season.
Cobb did just that, allowing just one run off two hits through five innings. Cobb’s seven strikeouts stifled the Marlins offense, headlined by his killer changeup named “the thing”.
Once again the Orioles offense was shut out, providing absolutely no run support for the Orioles pitchers. The Orioles could only muster up three hits in the first game of this doubleheader.
The O’s dropped game two of the series 1-0.
Hoping to take one of the two doubleheader games, Asher Wojociechowski also put his team in a position to win the ballgame.
Over five innings, Wojo let up just two runs, which would prove enough against the dormant Orioles offense. Austin Hays would cut the Marlins lead to 2-1 in the sixth inning with an RBI single off the glove of Marlins shortstop and former Oriole, Jonathan Villar, into left field.
For the third straight game, the Orioles lost to the Marlins 2-1.
Finally the offense would find its stride in the final game of this series, while the starting pitching from Wade LeBlanc was lackluster.
LeBlanc gave up six runs on seven hits and lasted only 3.1 innings and was relieved by Shawn Armstrong.
The Orioles offense kept answering tonight, coming back and tying the game in four different innings. The offense tonight was highlighted by two monster home runs by Renato Núñez, as well as an RBI triple off the bat of Anthony Santander.
The Orioles netted 11 hits in this game, including three doubles and four home runs. Even though the offense woke up tonight, the Orioles were not able to top the Marlins and lost by a score of 8-7.
The Orioles visit the defending World Champion Washington Nationals for three games, starting Friday at 6:05 p.m EST.