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Orioles hitters do not bother to show up to stadium in 6-1 loss to Royals

The Orioles went down 1-2-3 in order in six of the nine innings in Sunday's 6-1 loss to the Royals. They got dominated by Yordano Ventura, Mike Wright fell apart in the seventh inning, and that was that.

Haven't we seen this story before? The Orioles starting pitcher gets through six solid innings, the Orioles hitters are frustratingly dormant, and then the O's starter comes out to start the seventh inning and it all goes horribly wrong. That was the kind of game they played on Sunday afternoon as they lost to the Royals, 6-1.

Wright was in line for a quality start before the wheels fell off the cart in the seventh. Although the O's trailed, 2-1, after six innings, you couldn't pin that entirely on Wright. Yes, he gave up two home runs - an opposite field cheapie to Alex Gordon in the fourth and a mashed mistake by Eric Hosmer in the sixth - but really, you'd take two runs in six innings from any member of this starting rotation any day of the week.

The biggest reason why the Orioles trailed was not Wright's performance. The hitters were utterly unable to solve Yordano Ventura. That kind of thing will happen sometimes. Ventura can be very good. It's less frustrating than their inability to perform against soft-tossing Chris Young, which is what happened on Friday. Both losses count just the same in the standings.

When the starting pitcher goes two batters too many

About that seventh inning: When it got ugly, it got ugly. He was going to get a quality start if only he didn't throw another pitch. Instead his line in the box score is the dreaded Five Runs, All Earned, further aligning Wright as the spiritual successor - in pitch arsenal and struggles, if not demeanor - to Tommy Hunter.

Was it all Wright's fault, even? No. Wright opened up the inning by getting Gordon to hit a ground ball to Chris Davis that Davis could not field cleanly. It went in the scorebook as a single rather than an error, but it was a play Davis should have made. He has had several of those in this series.

Going on to give up RBI doubles to Christian Colon and Drew Butera was much more Wright's fault, however. Though his bacon was briefly saved as the O's managed to get Colon at third base on a Jarrod Dyson, Wright went on to give up the double to Butera, plating a fourth Royals run and ruining Wright's quality start.

Here, finally, Dylan Bundy was ready in the O's bullpen. Perhaps Buck Showalter should have had him ready sooner. Having a reliever ready to go as soon as Wright allowed a baserunner might have been prudent. Wright's pitch count was low enough to justify leaving him in; even after all of the mess, he left with 99 pitches thrown.

Maybe Bundy would have been better off getting a clean inning, as he didn't do so hot coming in to put out the fire. Bundy entered with a man on second and one out; before he retired two more Royals, the inherited runner scored and so did another runner charged to Bundy. He gave up two hits and a walk before closing out the seventh. All in all, the Royals sent nine batters to the plate in the inning and scored four runs.

Not that Bundy did so great in his clean inning. Sent out to essentially wrap up the game in the bottom of the eighth inning, Bundy allowed another hit and walk before being pulled with two outs. Zach Britton, who hadn't pitched since Thursday, got the last out of the eighth so he could get a little work in.

When you score one run you are going to lose

In retrospect, it doesn't really matter, not that Showalter could have known that at the time. You're not going to win very many games where you score only a single run, nor will you win many games where you only get four base hits.

There's some value in testing Wright to find out what he has to offer in the seventh inning in a situation like that - as long as the correct conclusion is drawn for the future now that Wright has decisively failed the test. The outcome was not a fluke.

Manny Machado, like many Orioles, went hitless on the game, bringing his MLB-leading hitting streak of 16 games to a close unceremoniously. Machado did reach base safely once, working a first inning walk, and scored the O's lone run. So his reached base safely streak is still alive. Nobody cares about reached base safely streaks except for maybe Jim Hunter.

One Oriole who has not been working on a hitting streak or get on base safely streak of any kind is Pedro Alvarez, who took an 0-3 day and is now batting .108 on the season.

The O's depart one cavernous den of iniquity for another. Next they head to the Trop in Tampa St. Petersburg. Kevin Gausman will be coming off the disabled list to start Monday's 7:10 game against Chris Archer.