Baltimore Orioles starting pitcher Miguel Gonzalez delivers against the Toronto Blue Jays in the first inning of a baseball game Wednesday, May 13, 2015, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Gail Burton)
The Baltimore Orioles’ inconsistency continued as they lost three of five games from May 11 to May 16. The Orioles took two of three games from the Toronto Blue Jays in a home series at Camden Yards, but then lost back-to-back games to the Los Angeles Angels in Baltimore over the weekend. Baltimore currently has a 15-19 overall record, the worst in the American League East.
May 11-13: Orioles Win Series over Blue Jays
Orioles starter Ubaldo Jimenez shined in Game One on May 11, striking out nine batters while surrendering just six hits and two earned runs over seven innings in a 5-2 victory. Relief pitcher Zach Britton eventually closed out the game for his seventh save of the season. On offense, Baltimore saw three players go the yard as Chris Davis, Manny Machado and Adam Jones each hit home runs.
The Orioles’ pitching wasn’t as strong in Game Two as Chris Tillman allowed nine hits and five earned runs in 6-2/3 innings. The O’s generated just five hits on offense while Toronto had a field day with 13 total hits, including two home runs to claim a 10-2 blowout win.
Starter Miguel Gonzalez was outstanding for Baltimore in Game Three, giving up just three hits and no earned runs over 7-2/3 innings in a 6-1 victory. Relief pitcher Darren O’Day picked up his first save of the season. Caleb Joseph hit a home run and Rey Navarro led Baltimore with two RBI.
May 15-16: O’s Lose Two Straight to L.A.
Baltimore starter Wei-Yin Chen fared well against the Angels in Game One of a three-game series on May 15, tossing seven strikeouts over seven innings and allowing only five hits and two runs. But the Orioles struggled to produce an offense, totaling just five hits in a 3-1 loss.
Jimenez put on a similar performance in Game Two on May 16, striking out six batters while giving up seven hits and two runs in seven innings. But the offense again failed to show up, and Britton gave up three runs to the Angels in the ninth inning to hand L.A. a 6-1 victory.
Next: Baltimore closed out its three-game series with the Angels on May 17. They will host the Seattle Mariners in a three-game series at Camden Yards from May 19 to May 21 before hosting the Miami Marlins in a three-game interleague series from May 22 to 24.