Orioles (60-94) at Cleveland (63-91)
After 4-2 and 9-8 losses the past two nights vs. Cleveland, the Orioles will need to win this afternoon at 1:05 p.m. to avoid a three-game sweep.
Chris Tillman (2-4, 4.71) pitches for the O’s vs. Cleveland’s David Huff (10-8, 5.98).
The Orioles are 0-5 on this ten-game road trip and are 24-52 in road games on the season.
The Orioles have now lost nine games in a row since beating Tampa on September 16th. Four of the nine losses have come by two runs or less and the last four losses have been by eight runs total.
The O’s last ten game losing streak came from September 17-26, 2008.
The Orioles have been swept in a three-game series nine times this year. Six of those nine sweeps came on the road and seven of them came vs. AL East opponents.
Cleveland’s last three-game sweep vs. the Orioles was in Cleveland from August 19-21, 2005.
In winning the first two in this series, the Indians have back-to-back wins for the first time since August 26 and 27. They entered this series with 11 losses in a row and 15 in 16 games.
Jhonny Peralta singled in the Tribe’s winning run in the bottom of the 9th in Saturday’s 9-8 win. Peralta was 3 for 5 on the night after going 1 for 31 in his previous eight games.
During the O’s nine-game losing streak:
*O’s have been out-scored 61-29
*O’s team average is .252
*O’s team ERA is 6.09.
After giving up five runs last night, the O’s bullpen has worked to an ERA of 7.99 over the last seven games and 6.75 over the past 27 contests.
O’s pitching has given up at least one homer in eight consecutive games, yielding a total of 15 in that span.
The O’s are 9-15 on Sundays, 4-8 on the road.
Matt Wieters had two more hits Saturday and is batting .435 (20 for 46) over his last 12 games with three homers and 13 RBI. Since being moved to the third spot in the batting order, Wieters is 14 for 30.
Micheal Aubrey hit a solo homer Saturday and is now batting .391 (9 for 23) with two homers and 5 RBI during his six-game batting streak.
The O’s are 2-4 vs. Cleveland this year and have lost the season series with just today’s game remaining between the clubs.
O’s hitters on this road trip:
Andino: 1-6, HR, rbi
Aubrey: 8-20, 2HR, 4 rbi, 3 doubles
Markakis: 3-15, HR, 2 rbi
Mora: 1-14, rbi
Pie: 6-16, 3 rbi
Roberts: 5-16, 2 rbi
Scott: 6-20, HR, 3 rbi
Wieters: 8-21, HR, 3 rbi, 3 doubles
Wigginton: 7-18, rbi