CHICAGO - The Orioles are 1-for-9 with runners in scoring position tonight, which largely explains why they’re losing, 4-2, in the top of the ninth inning.
They stranded a runner on third base in three straight innings, and left two more on base in the eighth after Matt Wieters homered.
Mark Reynolds walked and Chris Davis singled with two outs, but Robert Andino struck out.
The Orioles have fanned 12 times tonight, which also is contributing to the outcome.
Going back to their failure to deliver in the clutch, the Orioles are 1-for-20 with RISP over the last three games, and 13-for-76 for the season. They’ve left 10 runners on base tonight.
Nick Johnson still doesn’t have a hit this season after going 0-for-4 with two strikeouts tonight. Endy Chavez is in a 0-for-12 slump, and he left five runners on base tonight. Nick Markakis is 3-for-29, though he’ll bat in the ninth.
Matt Lindstrom didn’t allow a run in 1 1/3 innings, which makes him a long reliever on this team.
Instant update: Reimold just homered in the ninth inning for the third time since Friday, reducing Chicago’s lead to 4-3. He didn’t play yesterday and didn’t enter tonight’s game until pinch-hitting for Chavez in the seventh.
Markakis struck out for the third time tonight. That’s 13 strikeouts for the Orioles.
Update II: Well, now the Orioles are producing in the clutch. They just need to keep the bases empty.
Adam Jones homered off Hector Santiago with two outs in the ninth to tie the game, 4-4. That’s four homers for Jones this season, and two in the last two games.
What a turnaround.