The Orioles would have liked to have an off day on Thursday, especially after playing two extra inning games against the Pirates on Tuesday and Wednesday. Instead, the O’s traveled down the beltway for a makeup game against the Nationals.
After winning the first two games of the home-and-home series back in May, the Orioles were playing their best baseball and had racked up a six game win streak. That all ended in game three as Matt Wieters walked off his former team for the comeback win. Game four was postponed due to rain and rescheduled for June 8.
The final game of the season series started out rough for the O’s and never got better. Alec Asher surrendered five runs in the first two innings and finished his night after just four innings. The offense was even worse, getting just one hit off of Joe Ross through the first five innings.
Ubaldo Jimenez replaced Asher out of the pen and quickly gave up a solo home run to Stephen Drew making it a 6-0 game. After the solo shot, Jimenez was able to settle in and pitch through the seventh inning with five strikeouts.
The Orioles finally got themselves on the board in the seventh inning. Mark Trumbo led off with a double and Joey Rickard brought him home with an RBI single a few batters later. Ross would finish his night after 7.1 innings of work. The lone run ended up being the only blemish on his line as he finished with a career high 12 strikeouts.
Oliver Perez and Blake Treinen were able to finish off the eighth and ninth innings as the Nationals picked up the 6-1 win. After a long delay, the beltway season series has concluded with a 2-2 split.
The Orioles will be heading to New York this weekend for their fourth series against the Yankees this season. With the Yankees win over the Red Sox on Thursday, the Orioles are now 3.5 games behind the AL East leaders.