Examining another losing series for the reeling O’s, who did at least rally multiple times for a win in Game 3.
Game 1: 6-3 loss on Monday night (Aug. 31)
Game 2: 11-2 loss on Tuesday night (Sept. 1)
Game 3: 7-6 11-inning win on Wednesday night (Sept. 2)
What I liked:
1. The Game 3 win – A much-needed victory that snapped the Orioles’ second six-game losing streak in two weeks. The O’s overcame deficits of 4-0 in the third inning and 6-4 in the ninth inning. Jonathan Schoop blasted a game-tying two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth. Chris Davis, who had a game-tying two-run homer in the third, hit a walk-off solo homer in the bottom of the 11th. That homer, incredibly, gave the O’s their first lead in 51 innings.
2. Schoop, Davis and Manny Machado – They combined for 14 of the Orioles’ 23 hits in the series.
Schoop went 5-for-12 in the series, providing the game-tying two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth in Game 3 and also doubles in Games 1 and 2.
Davis had three homers over the final two games and went 4-for-12 with a walk.
Manny Machado went 5-for-13.
What I didn’t like:
1. The starting pitching – The Orioles’ rotation was bad for a third straight series.
Wei-Yin Chen allowed five runs in 4 2/3 innings in Game 1, giving up nine hits (including two homers).
Chris Tillman allowed seven runs in 4 2/3 innings in Game 2, giving up eight hits, two walks and a hit-by-pitch.
Kevin Gausman allowed four runs (three earned) in 2 2/3 innings in Game 3, giving up eight hits (including two homers).
2. The bullpen – Orioles relievers combined to allow seven runs in 17 1/3 innings.
3. The offense – The O’s batted just .221 (23-for-104) in the series.
4. Added insult – Rays catcher J.P. Arencibia, who was released from his minor-league deal with the O’s in April, played in the final two games of the series, totaling five hits (including two homers) and seven RBI.