Well, whaddya know, the Orioles lost again! There are some seasons when individual losses are easily remembered. Maybe because of something unusual that happened in the game, or because it was particularly heartbreaking.
I have to say that when the 2018 season mercifully comes to an end, I don’t know if I’ll recall the specific details of any one loss. There are so many of them. They stopped being heartbreaking months ago. They no longer register any emotions because we’ve all gone numb. But it’s my job to tell you about this game and so I will.
The Orioles used three bullpen pitchers because when they went to the cupboard to pull out another starter, it was empty. Evan Phillips, Sean Gilmartin, and Cody Carroll combined to give up five runs on six hits. Hey, that six hits part isn’t bad at all. Shame that three of them were dingers.
Gilmartin actually did quite well in my estimation. He hadn’t pitched over three innings for either the Orioles or the triple-A Norfolk Tides this season and he got into his fifth inning of work before giving up a solo home run for his only run allowed. He ultimately pitched 4.2 innings with just 2 hits and one run. “Starter” Evan Phillips gave up three runs in his two innings of work, and finisher Cody Carroll gave up one run in 2.1 innings.
As for the Orioles offense, well, they got three hits. That’s not very many hits. Jonathan Villar, John Andreoli, and Renato Nunez each singled. Cedric Mullins also reached base via walk.
Nunez and Andreoli’s hit came back-to-back in the third inning so it felt like a rally might be brewing, but then a ground ball by Austin Wynns nearly turned into a triple play. The Jays had to settle for a double play and got the third out on a Mullins ground out.
Villar’s hit came in the very next inning and he followed it by stealing second base and then third base. He took third easily because of the shift that was being employed against Chris Davis, but of course Davis struck out to end the inning.
And that’s about it, folks. In innings five through nine the Orioles had exactly one base runner thanks to the previously mentioned Mullins walk. Blue Jays’ Rookie Ryan Borucki pitched eight shutout innings with seven strikeouts, and Tim Mayza struck out the side in the ninth to put the Orioles out of their misery. Orioles lose, 5-0.
Because they are required to by Major League Baseball, these two teams will play each other again tomorrow night at 7:05.