Friday evening was the start to a three game set for the Baltimore Orioles in Boston. Taking the hill for the Orioles, in maybe his last start, Chris Tillman struggled through the first two-plus innings for the Orioles. Tillman got pulled after hitting Jackie Bradley Jr. to load the bases, leaving with a 5-0 deficit. The Orioles then went to the bullpen, Pedro Araujo relieved Tillman and on his first pitch Araujo threw a wild pitch to make it a 6-0 lead for the Red Sox. The Orioles would then go on to lose game one 7-3. Not much to take away from this game other then Tillman may be on his last life in Baltimore or maybe even seeing a bullpen role.
Things didn’t go much better in game two for the Orioles, making his debut in orange RHP Alex Cobb was welcomed back to the majors by letting up three runs in the first inning. Cobb’s first outing back finished quickly only throwing 3.2IP, on 10H, and 8 runs. The early lead for the Red Sox once again worked out in there advantage, not letting up runs to the Orioles until Pedro Álvarez homered in the fifth to dead center to cut Boston’s lead to 8-2. That was about it for the Orioles and their sluggish offense, losing game two of the series 10-3.
Keeping with the theme the Orioles offense didn’t do damage in game three either, other then scoring in the first inning. It seemed as though the Orioles were turning things around when Trey Mancini lead off the game singling to right off ace Chris Sale. Following Mancini’s single, Machado ripped a double with one out to put the Orioles up 1-0. Unfortunately, that was all the excitement for the Orioles, Chris Sale would shut down the Orioles offense after that not letting up a hit other then the two in the first inning. Sale’s line looked fascinating, 5IP, 2H, 1R, & 8K’s.
Dylan Bundy did his job to keep the birds in the game tossing 5.2IP, 7H, 3R only 1ER, & 6K’s. The Orioles can’t ask for much more from their ace facing a top five offense in the MLB.
The Orioles will take their 5-11 record to Detroit, facing the Tigers for a three game road set before coming back to Baltimore for a well needed ten day, ten game home span.