Today’s game represented only the second time in franchise history that the Orioles drew 10 walks and scored two runs or fewer in a nine-inning game. They lost to the Chicago White Sox 3-1 on July 14, 1974.
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The Orioles were 1-for-12 with runners in scoring position today and left 12 on base.
“What did we draw, 10 walks today? And we just couldn’t take advantage of it,” manager Buck Showalter said after today’s 8-2 loss.
“It’s a rare opportunity against any team, but especially the starting pitching that Tampa runs out there. You can see why they’re so high on (Jeremy) Hellickson. He’s a young pitcher with a real bright future and we had a couple opportunities, especially with the bases loaded there early.”
The Orioles filled them with one out in the second, but Robert Andino struck out and Brian Roberts popped up.
Jeremy Guthrie allowed seven runs and 10 hits in five innings, lowering his record to 1-5 and raising his ERA to 4.09.
“I think Tampa did a good job taking some balls the other way, and the mistakes he made, they took advantage of them,” Showalter said.
“I think baseball knows it’s just a matter of time before (Evan) Longoria gets going. We were just hoping it would be some other time.”
Longoria hit his first home run, a three-run shot in the third, with third base open and two outs.
Showalter had Guthrie pitch to Longoria, who began the day 4-for-23 against the right-hander. The batter on deck, Matt Joyce, was 4-for-15.
“There’s always a thought to it,” Showalter said of the possibility of an intentional walk. “If you see Jeremy’s numbers against him and you see probably their hottest hitter right now is Joyce, he’s had a little success there. And I like the matchup of a veteran pitcher and good catcher. We went to a place where we weren’t trying to throw the ball.”
The Orioles fell to 2-15 when scoring three runs or fewer.
Vladimir Guerrero walked twice today. No truth to the rumor that Showalter might bat him leadoff tomorrow.
Today’s attendance: 18,961