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Orioles Lose Two Of Three At Seattle

Analysis of a rough conclusion to the Orioles’ trip out west.

Baltimore Orioles starting pitcher Chris Tillman adjusts his cap after giving up three hits in a row to the Seattle Mariners in the first inning on Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2015, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Baltimore Orioles starting pitcher Chris Tillman adjusts his cap after giving up three hits in a row to the Seattle Mariners in the first inning on Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2015, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

 

Game 1: 3-2 win on Monday night (Aug. 10)

Game 2: 6-5 10-inning loss on Tuesday night (Aug. 11)

Game 3: 3-0 loss on Wednesday (Aug. 12)

 

What I liked:

1. Chris Davis – He had a solo homer and an RBI single in Game 1 and another solo homer in Game 2, giving him 12 homers in a 20-game stretch.  Davis went 4-for-10 with two walks in the series overall.

 

2. Wei-Yin Chen’s start in Game 1 – He allowed one run in 7 1/3 innings, giving up just three hits and two walks.  A much-needed quality outing for Chen, who hadn’t lasted more than 5 1/3 innings in each of his previous three starts.

 

3. Kevin Gausman’s start in Game 3 – He rebounded nicely from a terrible outing at the Angels last Friday night: three runs in seven innings on eight strikeouts versus six hits, two walks and a wild pitch.

 

4. The bullpen – Orioles relievers combined to allow two runs (one earned) in 9 1/3 innings, recording 12 strikeouts.

 

What I didn’t like:

1. Awful ending to an uneven road trip – The O’s got no-hit by Hisashi Iwakuma in Game 3, marking the seventh no-hitter of the O’s in their history and first since Clay Buchholz’s in Sept. 2007 in Boston.

That loss and this series concluded a 4-5 trip out west for the O’s, who won two of three at Oakland but then lost two of three at the Angels and Mariners.

 

2. The offense – The no-hitter made some already-ugly offensive numbers look even worse.  The O’s batted .147 (14-for-95) in the series.

 

3. Chris Tillman’s start in Game 2 – He allowed five runs in 2 1/3 innings on eight hits (including two homers) in his first start since July 29 thanks to a sprained left ankle.  Tillman had been terrific in each of his previous three starts.  Not this time.

 

4. Another injury for Matt Wieters – He suffered a right hamstring strain in Game 2 and did not play in Game 3.  Wieters on Wednesday did not rule out playing in the upcoming four-game series with the A’s, so the injury doesn’t appear to be too serious.  He went 3-for-5 with a walk over the first two games of this series.

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