In this game, which was Boston’s home opener, the Orioles were defeated by the Red Sox by a score of 3-1 making it the O’s third straight loss. The O’s have not had a three game losing streak since July 23rd-25th of the 2012 season when they lost one to Cleveland and two to Tampa Bay, being outscored in runs by a total 16-3. This loss now drops the Orioles to a record of three wins and four losses, the last time the O’s were under .500 was the last game of the 2011 season.
In the season series between these two teams last year Baltimore was the more successful team going 13-5 against Boston, 7-2 at Fenway Park, but that was not the case this time. Baltimore bats were silenced and weaken in this contest striking out eleven times which is just over 40 percent of the outs in a baseball game. Of those eleven strikeouts eight of them came from the Red Sox’ Clay Buchholtz who has always given the O’s trouble in the past having a record of 7-3 with a 3.64 ERA and 58 strikeouts against them in the last ten years. He earned the win making it his second this season pitching seven scoreless innings only giving up three hits and four walks. One bright spot in Baltimore’s lineup was Adam Jones, who although lost his consecutive multi-hit game streak at four games, hit his first home run of the season for the O’s.
Orioles starter Wei-Yin Chen, who was 2-0 last season when facing the Red Sox, battled with Buchholtz and made it a pitching duel, but one big mistake can really make a difference in how the game turns out. Boston’s Daniel Nada went 2 for 2 in this game with a three run home run in the seventh inning that broke the game open for the Red Sox. Chen would earn his first loss of the season and the first loss of his career against Boston, he pitched six and one third innings giving up five hits, three runs, two walks and recorded three strikeouts.
Boston improves to 4-2 on the year which is the first time since 2006 that they have started out the season with a record like that. The Orioles and Red Sox have tomorrow off but will regroup and continue this series on Wednesday at 7:10 ET.
About the Author
Written by Brendan Keelan
Former High School and College athlete (football, Wesley College)