Another series down, another collection of woes for the Orioles. This four-game set in Cleveland was one any Oriole fan would love to forget.
Coming into this series on a four-game losing streak, the Orioles also haven’t won a road game since May 5th. Does that day sound familiar? That was John Means’ no-hitter. The O’s have now lost 19 consecutive road games, including the four in this series.
From top to bottom, the Orioles just played awful baseball in this series. Not one starter lasted six innings, and Dean Kremer’s three earned runs is the best stat line for this series.
However, the offense did come alive at points but was shot down by the pitching’s inability to limit the Indians’ offense. In the four games, there was at least one inning where the Indians put up at least three runs, and twice they put up at least five.
Here is a breakdown of what happened this series!
Dean Kremer was on the mound for the Orioles here, and immediately this game got out of hand. In the first inning, Kremer allowed three runs on two singles and a sac fly. With just one frame down, the Orioles already trailed 3-0.
After that first inning, Kremer settled down and started pitching very well. He didn’t allow another hit until the fourth inning, and his run allowed in the sixth came after an error by Ryan Mountcastle and then another on a passed ball by Pedro Severino.
The Orioles made it a game in the fourth with two RBI groundouts by DJ Stewart and Freddy Galvis. In the seventh, Maikel Franco scored Stewart on a single that cut the deficit to 4-3.
The Orioles could not complete the comeback and dropped game one 4-3. Dean Kremer took the loss and moved to 0-6.
The Baltimore Battery’s Player(s) of the Game are Tyler Wells and Tanner Scott. This duo provided 2.2 scoreless innings of relief and were the reason the Orioles had a chance at winning this one late.
Game two saw much of the same struggles.
This game was close at the start, with both teams scoring a run within the first two innings. A home run let up by Matt Harvey gave the Indians a 1-0 lead, then Maikel Franco’s RBI double in the second tied it up.
Now in the fourth, Matt Harvey did Matt Harvey things and let the Indians completely blow this game wide open. He allowed three separate RBI singles and then followed that up by allowing a two-RBI double. Needless to say, Harvey didn’t even last the whole fourth inning, with Cole Sulser allowing Harvey’s final two credited runners to score. After four, the Indians were up 6-1.
The only other Orioles run came off the bat of Trey Mancini, to no one’s surprise. His fourteenth double brought home Cedric Mullins to cut the deficit to 6-2.
Adam Plutko let up a home run for good measure, and the Orioles dropped game two 7-2. Matt Harvey took his eighth loss in his last nine starts and inched his way closer to never seeing a major league field again after this season.
The Baltimore Battery’s Player of the Game is Cole Sulser. In an already lost game, Sulser was able to keep his ERA to 1.90 and continued to help his trade value.
Game three of this series is one that should not have been lost. The offense found some ground, going 6-for-12 with RISP, almost the Orioles best number in that department this season. However, a plethora of awful defensive plays and a bad outing from Keegan Akin cost the O’s this one.
The O’s got on the board early in this one, with RBI singles from Freddy Galvis and Ryan Mountcastle putting the Birds up 2-0 in the first.
José Ramírez hit a line drive solo homer to left, getting the Indians on the board in their half of the first, but Ryan Mountcastle would hit another RBI single in the third to add to the O’s lead 3-1.
Remember that big inning the Indians have every game? Well, it happened in the third in this game. RBI singles from Ahmed Rosario and José Ramírez, along with RBI doubles from Harold Ramirez and Eddie Rosario have Cleveland a 6-3 lead.
Ryan Mountcastle had himself a night, as he added to his already impressive game with a two-run homer to cut the deficit to 6-5 in the fifth.
RBI singles from Austin Hays and Maikel Franco in the seventh still weren’t enough, as the O’s dropped game three by a score of 8-7.
The Baltimore Battery’s Player of the Game in this one was Ryan Mountcastle, who went 3-for-5 with a homer and four RBI on the night.
In the series finale, the O’s looked to end the road trip on a high note, but they just couldn’t get it done.
Jorge López made the start and immediately gave up three runs in the first off homers from José Ramírez and Bobby Bradley.
The O’s got one back in the second thanks to an Austin Hays solo shot. The score was now 3-1. But in the bottom of the third, Eddie Rosario would get that run right back, hitting a solo homer of his own to make it a 4-1 ballgame.
Maikel Franco would join in the homer party with a solo shot in the fourth, with Trey Mancini following with an RBI single to cut the deficit to 4-3.
Cleveland would gain momentum in the middle innings, scoring three runs between the fourth and sixth innings that gave them a 7-3 lead. Yu Chang would give them two more on a two-run homer, and a throwing error in the eighth would give Cleveland the win.
The O’s lose game four by a score of 10-3 and get swept in four. Jorge López took the loss and moves to 2-8.
The Baltimore Battery’s Player of the Game goes to Trey Mancini, who went 2-for-5 with an RBI on the day.
The O’s head back home to start a week-long stretch against the Toronto Blue Jays and the Houston Astros.
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