Since the O’s scored 21 runs on 37 hits in the three-game series at Chicago to start this trip, the O’s have struggled on offense. In the last four games of this trip, they have scored just 10 runs on 31 hits with only seven extra-base hits.
The O’s were 0 for 6 tonight with runners in scoring position and are 3 for 29 over the last four games with RISP.
The O’s loaded the bases in the 9th vs. Jonathan Papelbon, but he fanned Luke Scott and Melvin Mora to end the game. Papelbon is now 22 for 23 all time in save chances vs. Baltimore.
In 28 career games vs. the Orioles, Papelbon has allowed just 1ER in 26 innings for an ERA of 0.35.
Brad Bergesen took the loss, falling to 6-5, 3.56. He gave up three runs over six innings, throwing 107 pitches. It’s Bergesen’s team-leading 12th quality start of the season. He has recorded 10 of them over his last 11 starts.
Bergesen is 0-1, 2.57 in two starts this year vs. Boston. Over his last 11 starts, he is 5-3, 2.57.
In eight road starts in 2009, Bergesen is now 0-4, 4.56.
Nolan Reimold tied his season-high with three hits tonight. It’s his fourth game of three hits on the year. Reimold had two singles, a double and a walk. He entered tonight batting just .167 in his last 14 games. He went 1-10 in the Yankees’ series.
Nick Markakis was 2 for 4 tonight with a pair of singles. Markakis is now 11 for 29 (.379) on this road trip. This was his 31st multi-hit game.
Orioles play of the night - In the last of the 6th, Markakis recorded his AL-leading 11th outfield assist, throwing speedy Jacoby Ellsbury out at the plate from right on a two-out single by Pedroia. Markakis made a rocket throw and Matt Wieters made a great one-hop catch than nearly crushed Ellsbury on the tag. The O’s have recorded five outfield assists over their last six games and an AL-leading 23 on the season.
Road Woes Continue - The O’s have now lost ten in a row at Boston, their longest losing streak ever at Fenway. They are 1-6 on this trip and 15-33 on the road on the year. They are just 1-15 on the year on the road vs. the AL East. They are 0-11 this year combined at Boston and New York.
The O’s fall to 1-7 on the year vs. Boston, including a mark of 0-5 at Fenway Park. Of the seven losses, six have come by two runs or less. The Red Sox have won 10 of the last 11 games between these teams.
Boston improved to 24-11 this year vs. the AL East, including a 17-3 mark at home. Boston is 32-14 at home on the year, the best mark in the Majors.
The Sox have scored just 16 runs since the All-Star break and are 2-5 in that time.
Aubrey Huff went 0 for 4 and is 8 for 58 over his last 14 games. Luke Scott was also hitless and is just 2 for 23 on this road trip. Brian Roberts is 0 for 9 since his seven-game batting streak ended.
The O’s have lost four in a row, fall 13 games under .500 and are now 6-12 in July.