Yet again, a prime opportunity to gain a game on the first place Red Sox, and yet again, a wasted opportunity. I don’t know what’s worse right now, the fact that our offense is non-existent, or our pitching is not reliable from 3-4-5. I can’t bash Gausman for his first poor outing on the year, but it was pretty much rough from the start. When the leadoff batter takes your fastball deep, your second pitch of the game, and the next batter does the same, you know it’s going to be a rough night. Rough it was.
The Red Sox had 5 on the board before the Orioles even scored 1, en route to a 6-2 victory, sending the Orioles 3-games out of first place, with seemingly nowhere to go but down.
Here’s my honest opinion of what went on tonight. It was a slow performance from the offense, even though the 1-2-3 hitters had a combined 5 hits. The good production at the top of the order was there tonight, and the meat of our order squandered striking out 7 times. SEVEN!!! That’s just between 4 batters. I can’t stress this enough, I am well aware that we are a team that is either going to go big, or go home. Over the past 9 games, we’ve gone home. I’m also coming to the realization that we very well could be a team this year that goes on hot streaks, and wins 6 or 7 in a row, and also loses every 4 of 6 or 5 of 9.
Tomorrow night, the Orioles will need to get to Joe Kelly. Take some pitches, don’t swing at low an away sliders, or high fastballs, and hit the ball! A pitching performance from Mike Wright any less than 2 runs through 7 IP is unacceptable.