Blanked - The Orioles were shutout tonight for the 9th time this year and the second time in nine games. They were held to four hits, going 4 for 29 at bat and were 0 for 5 with runners in scoring position. They were last shutout by Boston, 10-0 at Fenway Park on September 8th.
In his third Major League start, right hander Wade Davis pitched the shutout for his first Major League win. Davis pitched out of a bases-loaded, no out jam in the first.
He improved to 1-1, 4.34. Over nine innings he allowed four hits with two walks and ten strikeouts. He threw 124 pitches, 80 for strikes.
Davis allowed the first three runners of the game to reach, then allowed just three more runners the rest of the game.
Davis retired the last ten batters in the game and struck out the side in the 9th. His ten strikeouts tie Cole Hamels of Philadelphia for most strikeouts vs. the O’s this year. Hamels fanned ten on June 21st.
The O’s had scored 18 runs in the first three games of this series and 38 runs over the last six games, before tonight’s washout on offense.
The O’s have been held to three runs or less 25 times since the All-Star break and are 1-24 in those games.
Mark Hendrickson on his outing - “It was kind of like spring training, trying to get extended out. I threw three innings last week and the pitch count wasn’t up as much as tonight. For the most part I felt comfortable out there. We just got beat tonight, Wade pitched a great game. The first inning kind of set the tone when we didn’t score and Wade just got more confident as the game went on.”
Nick Markakis on the O’s missed chance in the first inning - “Anytime you come up with the bases loaded and come up empty you miss an opportunity. We didn’t take advantage of it.”
Nick Markakis on what made Davis so good tonight - “He had good velocity on the ball. He didn’t leave much over the plate, worked in and out and changed speeds. When you do that, good things happen.”
Micheal Aubrey was 2 for 3 with a double for the O’s, the only O’s player with more than one hit. Aubrey’s two hits tied his career high, set 9-9-08 for Cleveland against the Orioles.
Nolan Reimold was 1 for 3 and is 8 for 22 during his six-game batting streak. Brian Roberts went 0 for 3 after going 8 for 18 during his previous five games.
The O’s have a total of nine hits the past two games.
Not around at the end - Manager Dave Trembley was ejected by home plate ump Ron Kulpa in the 7th. It was his 4th ejection of this year and the 10th of his career.
Tonight’s attendance was 12,436 and first-pitch temperature was 63 degrees.
The season series between the clubs is tied at 7-7. The O’s are 5-3 vs Tampa at home and 2-4 on the road. Tonight was the 200th all-time meeting of the teams. The O’s lead the all-time series, 103-97.
Tampa finished its long road trip at 2-9 and is 3-14 in September. The Rays avoided falling under the .500 mark for the first time since June 10th.