The Baltimore Orioles struggled to get much going in their 4-1 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies at Camden Yards today. The Orioles had just four hits in the loss, and their only run came off of a first inning solo home run by CF Adam Jones.
The difference in this game was starting pitching. Nick Pivetta, the Phillies’ starter, was absolutely lights out. He went 7.0 innings, allowing just one run on two hits, walking one, and striking out 11, doing so in just 99 pitches. The 11 strikeouts tied a career high for Pivetta.
Andrew Cashner also had a relatively strong start for the Orioles. He began the game with five scoreless innings, but the sixth inning did him in, as he was charged with three earned runs. He finished the day with 5.2 innings pitched, five hits, three walks, and six strikeouts in 103 pitches. Cashner allowed a home run in the sixth inning, which was eighth time in his nine starts this season that he has allowed at least one long ball.
Mark Trumbo highlighted the Orioles’ struggles at the plate, picking up the unfortunate “Golden Sombrero”. He struck out in all four of his at-bats this afternoon.
This series was cut short due to yesterday’s rain postponement, as the Orioles will head out to face a very good Boston team in Fenway next. Gausman, Cobb, and Bundy are the projected next three starters, with the starter for the fourth game in that series yet to be named due to Chris Tillman’s placement on the DL. Tomorrow’s game in Boston will begin at 7:10pm.