Baltimore Orioles’ Adam Jones reacts after striking out during the first inning of a baseball game against the Houston Astros, Thursday, May 26, 2016, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)

The Baltimore Orioles had a rough week, getting swept in a series for the first time this season. As a result, the Orioles fell from first place in the American East division standings, trailing the Boston Red Sox by two games as of May 29 with a 27-20 record.

It’s hard to imagine that Baltimore would be swept in its three-game series against the Houston Astros from May 24 to 26. Houston entered the series with an 18-28 record, the second worst mark in the American League. The Astros’ struggling pitching staff seemed likely to give up a ton of hits to the Orioles’ powerhouse offense.

Unfortunately, that’s not how things went for the Birds; instead, Baltimore’s lineup baffled all who watched the series, stumbling to an embarrassing Major League Baseball record of 52 strikeouts against the Astros during the three-game series.

How could this happen? The top-seeded team in the American League, with arguably the best batting lineup in the bigs, strikes out 52 times against one of the worst teams in the league? Manager Buck Showalter credited the poor outing to his power hitters perhaps being too confident and not patient enough at the plate. Houston delivered many pitches out of the strike zone, many of them flat out in the dirt. But instead of allowing the umpires to call balls, power hitters Chris Davis, Mark Trumbo and Matt Wieters chased the pitches, resulting in an egregious amount of strikeouts.

They say you have to take the good with the bad in everything in life. Baltimore’s batting lineup is so good that it could legitimately threaten the single season home run record. And it’s widely understood in baseball that power hitters hit a ton of homers, but they also strikeout a lot too. So, maybe it’s just a yin and yang thing. Baltimore had 10 hits and four runs on May 28 against the Cleveland Indians, but they also struck out 10 times and lost the game, 11-4, their fourth loss in five games played.

Here’s hoping the yin shows its face a little more than the yang in the near future, for the fans’ sake.