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Orioles can’t keep up with Rays offense on Thursday, lose 9-5

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This one did not go well. The Orioles drop the series finale to the Rays with a rough outing from Dylan Bundy.

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Games have certainly gone better for the Orioles. Dylan Bundy took the mound for the Orioles in this one, and he certainly didn’t look the part on Thursday. Almost everything that could have gone wrong went wrong over the first four innings, giving Tampa Bay a mini-sweep over the good guys this weekend.

If you’d like to read more about the unfortunate details, they are below. If not, the Orioles and Tigers begin play tomorrow at 7:05 p.m.

The recap

Things did not start well for Dylan Bundy, who started and ended with trouble in this one. After walking Denard Span to lead off the game, it was C.J. Cron who started things with a bang. He crushed a ball to center field, putting way over the wall to give the Rays an early 2-0 lead.

In the second, it was another two spot to very, very quickly double the visitors’ lead to four. Following a leadoff double from Joey Wendle, it was Wilson Ramos’ turn to do some damage. He did the same thing as Cron did earlier in the game. Ramos took one to left field that got four rows deep, more damage to a night that never got rolling for Bundy.

If you were waiting for things to get better at this point, they didn’t. They most definitely got worse. In the top of the third, five of the first six batters singled, somewhat of an endless cycle of Rays batters reaching base. Bundy ended the inning without any further damage, but the 6-0 lead was less than ideal after two and a half.

The Orioles finally got on the board in the bottom of the third courtesy of some excitement from Boom-Boom against Chris Archer. After a Caleb Joseph single, Trey Mancini took one to the opposite field warning track, far enough to even get Joseph home. That made it 6-1, a score that would be bumped up another run with a Manny Machado RBI single. After three full, it was 6-2 Rays.

Things quieted down in the fourth, but the Rays couldn’t stop putting up two spots on this night. In the fifth, Brad Miller led things off with a double, and he was quickly driven in courtesy of an RBI single from Wendle. Two batters later, it was another single from Mallex Smith, giving the Rays an 8-2 lead and ending the nightmare outing for Bundy. Mike Wright Jr. came out of the bullpen and stopped the bleeding, the end of a very rough outing for the Orioles young ace.

On the night for Bundy, the final line was not pretty: 4.2 IP, 11 H, 8 R, 7 ER, BB, 4 K.

As the season has seemed to go for much of the year, this one just ended up being too much for the Orioles to overcome. It was a rough game, but there was still some room for fireworks at OPACY from the bat of Adam Jones in the bottom of the fifth. He put one into left-center that had the bullpen scrambling, having just enough pop to get over the wall. That made it 8-4, and ultimately was the last bit of excitement to come on this night.

The Orioles bullpen settled down and only allowed one more run over the rest of the game, and Danny Valencia homered in the eighth inning to cut the lead to three. But alas, this just wasn’t a night that was going the Orioles way.

It ended as a 9-5 loss, dropping the Orioles to a very unfortunate 6-19 on the season. Tomorrow, it’s Chris Tillman on the mound against Mike Fiers to kick off the series against the Detroit Tigers.

Positive Takeaways

  • It should be noted that the Orioles offense had 16 hits on this night. The offense is beginning to show signs of life, but hitting with runners in scoring position must continue to be an emphasis.
  • A three-hit game for Anthony Santander tonight. For the future, it’s safe to say the Orioles will take as many of those performances as they can get.
  • Wright, Mychal Givens, Brad Brach and Darren O’Day allowed just two hits in 4.2 innings. If you need a note to end the night positively, there you go.