The Baltimore Orioles wrote themselves into the “Hall of Shame” section of the Major League Baseball history books Thursday night by striking out a record 52 times total in a three game sweeping given to them by the Houston Astros. Coming into the last stop of their 10-day road trip, Progressive Field in Cleveland, OH, the O’s hoped to end their hitting slumps and four game losing streak in the very stadium that was modelled after Oriole Park at Camden Yards. They would end their four game losing streak and the Indians three game win streak by winning 6-4.
O’s shortstop Manny Machado had a big night tonight going 4-for-5 with two doubles, two runs scored and an RBI, one of the doubles Machado tried to stretch into a triple but was tagged out at third. Second baseman Jonathan Schoop went 2-for-4 with 2 RBI’s, Schoop now has 17 RBI’s in the month of May this season. Designated hitter Mark Trumbo went 2-for-4 with a two-run home run in the seventh, homering for the second game in a row and his 15th of the season which ties for the Major League lead. Chris Davis also drove in a run in the seventh to break the 3-3 tie and Adam Jones went 3-for-5 with three singles. Starting pitcher for the O’s Mike Wright earned his third no decision in his last five starts tonight only lasting four and two-thirds of an inning giving up three runs on six hits, with two walks and four strikeouts. Tonight was the first time in four starts that Wright did not last five or more innings.
Starting pitcher Trevor Bauer who earn a no decision along with Wright pitching six innings giving up three runs on nine hits, with two walks and four strikeouts. The Indians biggest performance offensively came from leftfielder Jose Ramirez who went 4-for-4 with two doubles. Veteran first baseman Mike Napoli, who had been hot the last three games batting .364 with a home run and 4 RBI’s, homered again tonight for his 9th this season; he ended the night going 1-for-3 with an RBI. Francisco Lindor drove in two runs for the Indians which included a solo home run, and Juan Uribe also drove in a run tonight for Cleveland on a double. The Cleveland pitching staff was only able to strikeout Baltimore hitters six times tonight.
Dylan Bundy (1-1) earned his first Major League win for the O’s tonight pitching one and one-third of an inning only allowing one hit. Zack McAllister (2-2) earned the loss for the Indians and O’s closer Zach Britton earned his 13th save of the season. Game two of this three game series will be Saturday 4:10 PM/ET. Starting pitchers will be: Ubaldo Jimenez (BAL 2-5 6.04 ERA) vs. Danny Salazar (CLE 4-3 2.32 ERA).
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Written by Brendan Keelan
Former High School and College athlete (football, Wesley College).