I have recapped three games in my lifetime, I am now 0-3. I would say that it's not my fault, but it probably is. Anyways, the Orioles lost their second consecutive game and their 8th straight to the Mets. The Orioles are now 0-5 all time at Citi Field. Somehow it is slightly comforting that the Orioles move on to the Yankees tomorrow.
The game started poorly for the Orioles and never got much better after that. Ubaldo Jimenez coming off of a great start struggled and struggled early in this one. He only pitched four innings, giving up six hits, two walks and only striking out one. He was responsible for three runs which included one home run.
The scoring for the Mets started in the bottom of the second inning. Jimenez walked Michael Cuddyer, the lead off hitter, after going 0-2 to him. Jimenez recorded the next two outs then he walked catcher Kevin Plaweicki after going 1-2 to him. Next up was Dilson Herrera who hit a seeing eye single straight up the middle to score Cuddyer from second. Walks will kill you, 1-0. Jimenez then struck out the opposing pitcher to end the inning.
The next inning Curtis Granderson led off with a rocket home run to right field after narrowly missing one in his first at bat, 2-0. The very next inning (we're at the 4th inning now, are you keeping up?) Jimenez recorded one out and then gave up three straight singles, including one to pitcher Jacob deGrom. Granderson recorded his second RBI of the game on a sacrifice fly to left field, 3-0. Jimenez got Juan Lageres to fly out to center field to avoid anymore runs.
The only other Mets runs would come on a home run by Dilson Herrera in the sixth inning off of Brad Brach that was first called a double, but then overturned.
The Orioles hitters failed to put together any meaningful rallies. They were able to collect nine total hits, two more than the Mets, but only able to scratch out one run. Jacob deGrom looked masterful scattering six hits, walking one, and striking out nine in seven innings of work. He only gave up one run.
The only true threat the Orioles had was in the top of the 5th inning. It started with a hit by pitch and then Travis Snider, pinch hitting for Jimenez, laced a single to right field. Then, Alejandro De Aza was inexplicably bunting with one out and men on the corners. Everth Cabrera, the runner on third, broke for home, stopped, and was then thrown out at 3rd base. A true rally killing bone headed base running blunder. The Orioles scratched their run across as Jimmy Paredes singled to right and the runner scored from third. Still, two on and two out. Adam Jones worked a fine walk and in stood Chris Davis. He worked a count to 3-1 and then swung and missed at two balls up and out of the zone. That was only one of his three swinging strikeouts on the night. Rally officially killed and the game pretty much felt over at that point.
The top of the ninth inning brought a little life, but not much. Brad Brach, Kevin Gausman, and Jason Garcia managed to finish the game for the Orioles. The Orioles won't have to play at Citi Field for the three more years and for that we are thankful.
The Orioles look to get back to their winning ways tomorrow night at 7:05 pm as Chris Tillman faces off against Nathan Eovaldi and the Yankees in the Bronx.