BALTIMORE — The Orioles’ two-game interleague series against the visiting Philadelphia Phillies was cut short after a rainout on Tuesday. With the threat of another storm on the horizon, Wednesday’s game was moved up to a 12:05 start. Some showers hit the stadium in the sixth inning but didn’t stop the game as the Phillies went on to win 4-1.
After getting an extra day of rest early this week, the Orioles didn’t waste any time getting on the board. Adam Jones put the O’s up 1-0 in the first inning when he launched a home run to center field on the first pitch he saw. The homer extended Jones’ hitting streak to eleven but ended up being the only bright spot for the O’s offense.
Phillies starter Nick Pivetta settled in after the solo shot and allowed just two more base runners through the next seven innings. Pivetta also racked up eleven strikeouts in the stellar outing to tie his career high.
Andrew Cashner took the mound for the Orioles after being slated to throw in Tuesday night’s game. The rainout allowed manager Buck Showalter to push Cashner back and avoid the spot start that Miguel Castro was scheduled for. Cashner was seeking his first career win in his new home ballpark. Despite getting off to a great start, this win continued to elude Cashner.
The O’s starter breezed through the first five innings, striking out six and giving up just two hits in the process. Cashner really hit his stride in the fourth and fifth innings when he retired the side on less than ten pitches.
The sixth inning would be his downfall. After giving up a leadoff home run to Cesar Hernandez, Cashner never regained his composure and allowed three more baserunners and a run before being replaced. Richard Bleier entered the game but couldn’t get the final out without allowing a third run to score.
Philadelphia picked up a fourth run the following inning and would go on to hold the 4-1 lead for the remainder of Wednesday afternoon’s game. The O’s offense woke up in the bottom of the eighth to load the bases with just one out but the top of the order failed to bring anyone home. Jones popped out to center but it was too shallow for the lead runner, Pedro Alvarez, to score on a tag. Manny Machado followed Jones and grounded out to short to end the potential rally and cap off an 0-for-4 afternoon at the plate.
The O’s lineup failed to recreate a similar scenario in the bottom of the ninth as Jonathan Schoop and Mark Trumbo led off the inning with a pair of strikeouts. Chris Davis came up for the final at-bat of the afternoon and grounded out to second base. It was a rough afternoon all around for the Orioles’ bats, marking the tenth game this year where they scored one run or less and the ninth game where they picked up less than five hits.
Up Next: The Orioles hit the road for an 11-day, 11-game road series, with the first two series of the trip each being four games. Starting Thursday, the O’s will play four games in Boston, then four games in Chicago versus the White Sox, and finally three games in Tampa.
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