After suffering three straight losses, the Baltimore Orioles sit 3.5 games back in the American League wild card race as of Sept. 21.
(Sept. 17-19) Orioles Blow Chances to Sweep Series against Boston
After taking the first two games of a three-game series against Boston, a 3-1 loss to the Red Sox on Sept. 19 ruined Baltimore’s chance to sweep the series. The game marked one of Baltimore’s worst batting performances of the season, as the Orioles recorded only two hits.
(Sept. 20-21) Baltimore Lose Two Straight to Rays
Baltimore fell to the Tampa Rays in the first two games of a four-game series, a slide which seriously damaged their playoff chances and left the Rays holding the final wild card berth, three games ahead of the Orioles.
The Orioles found success offensively in Game One on Sept. 20, collecting 12 hits. But it wasn’t enough as the Rays recorded 14 hits and five runs in an 18-inning, six-hour-long marathon which ended in a 5-4 loss for Baltimore.
Baltimore’s batters struggled offensively in the Second Game, recording only five hits against Rays starting pitcher Alex Cobb. Cobb had 12 strikeouts and allowed only one earned run as the Orioles fell again, 5-1.
Next up: Baltimore (81-73) has just one week left to battle it out for a playoff seed. After finishing their four-game road series against the Rays (Sept 22-23), the Orioles will conclude the season with a three-game home series against the Toronto Blue Jays (Sept. 24-26) and a three-game home series against the Red Sox (Sept 27-29).