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Wednesday afternoon Orioles game thread: at Athletics, 3:37

The Orioles can’t lose forever. Hopefully they won’t call my bluff on that.

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Eventually the Orioles have to win a game, right? ... Right? (nervous laughter)

The Birds’ current losing streak is up to seven in a row after a truly atrocious performance on Tuesday night, as Andrea SK had the misfortune of recapping. The O’s gave up 10 runs in the sixth inning alone. That’s as many runs as the Orioles have scored in their last three games combined.

Brandon Hyde seems at his wit’s end with this club, talking in the postgame interview about what an embarrassment it was to watch. It’s not the first time he’s publicly expressed his frustration at the Orioles’ crappy play, and I’m sure it won’t be the last. It’s a rough gig for a first-time manager. I’m sure he knew to some extent what he was getting into when he took the job, but he probably couldn’t have imagined it would be quite this brutal. Few could.

The O’s have already sealed their 16th straight winless series and their 13th straight series loss. The main goal for today — besides snapping their losing streak — is to avoid being swept for the seventh time this year.

It’s probably not a good sign that the Orioles, thin on pitching depth, are resorting to a Jimmy Yacabonis start this afternoon. The righty, who has a 5.40 ERA, is expected to serve as the opener for Josh Rogers, who has a 7.88 mark in the majors and 8.51 in the minors this year. So...that should go great.

Still, maybe the unexpected will happen and the Orioles will finally bag a victory. Come on, guys—do it for your manager’s peace of mind.

Orioles lineup:

SS Jonathan Villar
RF Anthony Santander
1B Trey Mancini
C Chance Sisco
DH Renato Nunez
3B Rio Ruiz
2B Hanser Alberto
LF Stevie Wilkerson
CF Keon Broxton

RHP Jimmy Yacabonis