OAKLAND — Over the weekend, the Oakland Athletics swept the Baltimore Orioles over three games at the Oakland Alameda Coliseum. The Orioles lost all six games of a California road trip, split between three games in Anaheim and three games in Oakland.
After Sunday’s loss, the O’s have now lost 12 straight games on the road. Overall, the Orioles are 3-16 away from Camden Yards. The A’s are now one of four teams above .500 in the competitive American League West.
Game 1 (6-4 OAK): In his 1,500’th game as an Oriole, Adam Jones hit his fifth home run of the season in the first inning to put Baltimore up 1-0, but the A’s scored four runs in the first inning off Andrew Cashner. Khris Davis smacked a three-run home run to center field for his eighth homer of the season, and then Matt Olson added the fourth run with a solo shot.
In the top of the sixth inning, five Orioles posted singles to score three runs, with Chris Davis, Mark Trumbo, and Danny Valencia tallying an RBI. This tied the game up at four, but in the bottom of the frame Jed Lowrie hit an RBI single of his own off Brad Brach, who relieved Cashner after 4.2 innings. With Darren O’Day pitching in the eighth inning, Marcus Semien brought home the A’s final run on a single that scored Jonathan Lucroy. The O’s went 1-2-3 in the ninth inning, making it a 6-4 final.
Game 2 (2-0 OAK): Kevin Gausman tossed a nine innings of shutout baseball, but the Orioles struck out 20 times in another losing effort, this time a 2-0 final following a two-run walk-off home run by Khris Davis in the 12’th inning. Gausman limited the A’s to two hits and two walks with six strikeouts (113 pitches, 66 strikes) in nine frames. Rule 5 pick Pedro Araujo was the culprit of the 12’th inning walk-off blast.
In the 12’th inning, Jones was struck by a pitch that hit him in the right wrist. Jones was clearly in pain but remained in the game and played defense in the bottom half of the inning. He underwent a precautionary X-ray following the game, and was not in Sunday’s lineup. According to a tweet from The Sun‘s Jon Meoli, Jones’ wrist is sore, but he does not need any further tests on it. It’s assumed that this is a day-to-day injury.
Game 3 (2-1 OAK): Playing third base on Sunday in his first at-bat of the game, Pedro Alvarez got the Orioles on the board with a solo home run in the second inning. Despite giving the Orioles six quality innings, Alex Cobb was the culprit of another disappointing offensive effort by the Orioles. Baltimore was without both Jones and Trey Mancini (until Mancini pinch-hit for Engelb Vielma in the ninth inning), but overall the O’s were limited to just two hits after Alvarez’s solo jack.
In six innings, Cobb allowed five hits and one walk with five strikeouts. Miguel Castro and Brach worked an inning with three strikeouts and two hits allowed between them.
Standings Update: The Orioles (8-26) now have a half-game lead for the worst record in the major leagues, with the Cincinnati Reds (8-25) at the bottom of the National League. The Orioles are 17 games out of first place in the AL East. The Red Sox (25-9) have the best record in baseball and are one game ahead of the red-hot Yankees (24-10) for the first place lead in the East.
Up Next: The Orioles return to Baltimore for a nine-game home-stand that features the Kansas City Royals (three games), Tampa Bay Rays (four-games, including a doubleheader), and the Philadelphia Phillies (two games). Following a Monday off-day, the first three games of that series, all 7:05 pm nightcaps, take place Tuesday through Thursday against the Royals (11-23, fourth place in the AL Central).
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