TORONTO– After taking the first two games of their six-game road trip against the New York Mets, the Baltimore Orioles took their second straight loss to the Toronto Blue Jays by a score of 5-1 Friday night at Rogers Centre.
Andrew Cashner got the start for the Birds and performed admirably, going six innings and surrendering only three runs on nine hits while striking out four and walking two. Cashner (2-8, 4.98 ERA) continues to struggle with giving up the long ball as he was touched up for two more last night, bringing his season total to 13 which ranks him just outside of the top 10 in home runs allowed in Major League Baseball.
The Orioles’ offense managed to get Cashner an early 1-0 lead in the top of the second inning. After a lead-off walk by Danny Valencia and a Jonathan Schoop flyout, Mark Trumbo walked to give the Orioles a scoring opportunity with runners at first and second and just one out.
Trey Mancini came to the plate and grounded into a fielders choice with Trumbo being forced out at second and Valencia scoring on a throwing error by Toronto second basemen Devon Travis. An Austin Wynns strikeout ended the inning for the Birds.
Cashner took the 1-0 lead to the hill in the bottom of the second inning and quickly picked up the first two outs, getting Justin Smoak to ground out and Kevin Pillar to strikeout. Russell Martin came to the plate for the Blue Jays and delivered a two-out homer to left field, his sixth, to tie the game 1-1. A Randal Grichuk ground-out ended the inning.
After no runs in the third and fourth innings, the Blue Jays offense got back on the board in the bottom of the fifth when Grichuk homered to left to give the Blue Jays a 2-1 lead. After the Orioles produced their fourth straight scoreless inning in the top of the sixth, the Blue Jays extended their lead to 3-1 on a Martin single, scoring Teoscar Hernandez. Cashner finished the inning but left trailing 3-1.
J.A. Happ was the latest pitcher to silence the Orioles offense, going seven innings and scattering just one run on two hits, while striking out three and walking two. Happ (8-3, 3.71 ERA) picked up the 100th win of his MLB career in the victory.
The Orioles are 19-43 on the season with the loss and have scored one or fewer runs in 29% of their games this season (18/62). They are 28th in average, 29th in runs scored, and dead last in on-base percentage. It’s time to start wondering who will be the first to fall on the sword for the overall ineptitude of this ball club and it reasons to believe that Orioles hitting coach Scott Coolbaugh is currently the leader in the clubhouse.
Game three of the four-game set is Saturday afternoon and the Orioles will send Kevin Gausman (3-5, 4.63 ERA) to the hill looking to end the brief two-game losing streak. Gausman will be looking to bounce back from an 8-5 loss to the Yankees last Saturday. The Blue Jays (28-35) will counter with Aaron Sanchez. Sanchez (3-5, 4.48 ERA) will be looking for his second-straight win fresh off the heels of an 8-4 decision over the Detroit Tigers.
First pitch is scheduled for 1:07pm on MASN 2.
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