Maybe the most frustrating thing about the last two games is that the Orioles’ starters gave up just one run - it was unearned - and they wasted those efforts by losing both games.
Orioles starters have now pitched to an ERA of just 1.29 over the last eight games, but the Orioles have lost three of those eight. The starters have allowed two earned runs or less in seven of the last eight games.
One of the best things about baseball is you get to play just about every day, so the Orioles won’t have much time to wallow in the loss or feel sorry for themselves.
Tonight, they have to try and beat CC Sabathia, a pitcher that is 15-2 with an ERA of 2.89 in 21 career starts against them. He is 9-1 with a 3.01 ERA in his career at Camden Yards.
To the Orioles’ fans, it must feel like whatever the Orioles do, they can’t beat the Yankees. Three of the five games this year have gone to extra innings, but the Orioles are 0-5 against New York.
Mariano Rivera has now blown back-to-back save chances against the Orioles, but the Yankees won both those games.
The Orioles left 15 runners on base last night and 12 of those were left on base from the ninth inning on. In innings 11 through 13, the Orioles left eight runners on base and went 1-for-5 with runners in scoring position.
The Orioles have lost 19 of their last 25 games at Camden Yards against New York.
They battle against them, play close games, get to Rivera, get great starting, yet still don’t win.
There is an adjective that fits here, but frustrating probably doesn’t do it justice.