Three weeks; that’s how long it has been since the Orioles last won a game. Unlike the previous 15 games, these three losses to the Atlanta Braves were all close and games the Orioles could have won.
This series sweep was maybe the most frustrating for that same reason. Akin, Harvey, and Means all had starts that would be three of the best during the losing streak. The bullpen only allowed one run in this entire series, and they worked for 10.2 innings. The one thing missing was the offense; it truly was nowhere to be found.
Game one was an absolute embarrassment. Braves pitcher Max Fried tossed a complete game shutout. The incredible part was he only threw 90 pitches! Keegan Akin lasted just five innings and had to throw 101 pitches.
Outside of Santander, Mancini, and Mountcastle, nobody could hit anything in this series.
Santander recorded hits in both games he played, as well as two home runs in game two. Mancini hit in all three games and recorded two of the Orioles four hits in the game one shutout. For Mountcastle, he had a hit in games one and two, including his 21st home run. Unfortunately, his hit streak came to an end at 13 games.
It’s really unfortunate that the offense was so cold this series, because the bullpen looked better than it had in the last month. Marcos Diplán tossed another two innings of scoreless ball, and Tyler Wells’ return proved why we missed him so much. Tanner Scott also got back on track with a scoreless inning of work in both games one and three.
For Diplán, that makes 11 innings in his young career in which he still hasn’t allowed an earned run. Of his seven appearances, four of them have been at least 1.2 innings with zero hits allowed. He also has 11 strikeouts in those 11 innings.
Overall, this was another dreary series that didn’t provide much positives outside of the bullpen. All three starters took a loss, and John Means now has a negative record.
Here are your final scores from this series:
Game 1: ATL 3, BAL 0
- Loss: Akin (0-8)
- Mancini: 2-for-3, 2B (27)
Game 2: ATL 5, BAL 4
- Loss: Harvey (6-13)
- Santander: 2-for-4, two solo home runs
- Diplán: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 ER
Game 3: ATL 3, BAL 1
- Loss: Means (5-6)
- Urías: 2-for-4, 2B, RBI
- López: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 2 K (first bullpen appearance)
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