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Orioles get totally and embarrassingly blown out by Twins, 15-2

The number of games left on the schedule is dwindling. The Orioles, chasing for a playoff spot, spent one of those games getting totally blown out by the Twins, 15-2. It really sucked.

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As the Orioles played their game against the Twins on Thursday night, I was reminded of a nursery rhyme that I learned when I was a wee lad. It went a little something like this:

The Orioles offense came out and took the field
Down came the rain; pools on the tarp congealed
Out came the sun and dried up all the rain
And the Orioles offense ... never bothered to show back up after the rain delay, instead completely and inexplicably sucking against Tyler Duffey, who was throwing an 88-90mph fastball and also making his third MLB start.

I can't figure out why that one never caught on.

This game completely sucked, and it sucked all the more that everybody had to wait around for two and a half hours only for it to finally start and be terrible.

If you were the kind of person inclined to make excuses for poor play, maybe there is something to be said for the disruption of the routine; if you're expecting to start at 7:05 and you don't start for over two hours, surely that has an impact. And it's probably not wrong, but you know what? MLB players that are chasing the postseason have to find a way to do something good even in unusual circumstances.

Instead, the O's got a total stink bomb from both their hitters and their starting pitcher Miguel Gonzalez. There's nothing good to say about it for anyone on the Orioles. Gonzalez surrendered a whopping seven runs in only five innings of work. Those runs came on eight hits and two walks. He was a disaster area. Since returning from the disabled list, he has been, in the aggregate, a disaster area, posting a 6.48 ERA in 11 starts. Yowza.

What else is there to say? Chasing a playoff spot, every game is so crucial for the O's. They spent one of their remaining games getting blown out by the Twins, 15-2. It was a pathetic performance. The only pursuit their hitters engaged in throughout the game was finding creative ways not to score any runs.

Actually, they weren't even all that creative about it. Pretty much your garden variety futility consisting of squandering promising rallies like getting men on second and third with nobody out in the second inning by having a shallow flyout followed by two strikeouts. Duffey at one point retired 12 straight Orioles before giving up a leadoff single to Henry Urrutia in the sixth inning.

That single was immediately erased by a GIDP - so it was 15 up, 15 down for Duffey after Wieters doubled in the second to set up that second and third, nobody out situation. How do you let a guy making his third ever MLB start go 15 up, 15 down at any point? Very, very carefully. Duffey scattered ten hits over 7.2 innings of work; he never walked anyone and struck out eight.

The Orioles finally got a couple of runs in the eighth inning, which actually feels like something of a disappointing outcome after loading the bases with nobody out. Once the bases were loaded, it went strikeout, Gerardo Parra single (extending a hitting streak to seven games), strikeout, Caleb Joseph single (baby's gotta eat even in a blowout), strikeout. This is what they do sometimes. They strike out a lot.

The game sucked. Jason Garcia and T.J. McFarland, who ate up the garbage time innings, sucked. Everything sucked. But, for as much as this game sucked, it's only one loss in the standings. As of this writing, the Angels are losing 6-2. If that score holds, they remain a half game back of the second wild card spot.

The Orioles will try to get their first win of the season against the Twins - hold on while I go barf

OK, I'm back. Don't worry, I rinsed out with mouthwash.

The Orioles will try to get their first win of the season against the Twins Friday night. Tommy Milone and Wei-Yin Chen are the scheduled starters in the 7:05 game. It would be a good idea for them to play a little better.