Orioles Losing Ground in Wild Card Race


The Baltimore Orioles closed out the month of August with two untimely series losses, pushing them even further behind in the American League wild card hunt.

(Aug. 27-29) O’s Lose Series to Red Sox

The O’s lost their first series of the week against the Boston Red Sox, starting with a 13-2 loss in the First Game of the series on Aug. 27. Starting pitcher Wei-Yin Chen had perhaps his worst start of his career, giving up eight hits and eight earned runs in just three innings pitched.

Bud Norris got the start in the Second Game of the series and pitched much better than Chen, allowing just one earned run and four hits in five innings pitched; Chris Davis also recorded his 47th home run of the season. But the O’s still fell, 4-3.

Baltimore, however, managed to avoid the sweep by winning the Third Game of the series, 3-2, thanks to their best starting pitcher, Chris Tillman. The “ace pitcher-in-the-making” gave up just two earned runs and six hits in seven innings pitched, picking up his 15th win of the season.

(Aug. 30-31) Back-to-Back Losses against the Yankees

Unfortunately the Orioles fell right back into a losing slump, suffering two straight losses from the New York Yankees on Aug. 30-31.

O’s starter Miguel Gonzalez was terrible on the mound in the First Game of the series, recording seven earned runs in four innings as the Birds fell, 8-5.

Baltimore was able to get a much better pitching performance in the Second Game from Scott Feldman, who gave up just one earned run and six hits in seven innings pitched. But the bats couldn’t get going at the plate, as the O’s recorded just three hits in a 0-2 shutout by the Yankees.

Analysis:
Two series losses were exactly what the Orioles (71-63 record) couldn’t afford to have at this time of the season. Baltimore needs as many wins as they can get and four losses in one week are completely devastating to their chances of reaching the postseason. The O’s now trail four games behind in the AL wild card hunt. With 28 games left in the season, the opportunity to make the playoffs is dwindling more and more each day.

O’s Player of the Week – Chris Tillman
Tillman is on the verge of becoming a legitimate Ace pitcher for the Orioles. He allowed just two runs and six hits in his lone performance of the week, which garnered him his 15th win of the season.

Next-up:Baltimore opens the month of September with the last game in their series against the New York Yankees Sept. 1 The Orioles will then travel to Cleveland for a three-game series against the Cleveland Indians before returning home for a four game series with the Chicago White Sox.

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Orioles Losing Ground in Wild Card Race

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