A team desperate for a good starting pitching performance went another day without one. Right-hander Ubaldo Jiménez lasted just 3 2/3 innings this afternoon as the Chicago Cubs batters teed off again on an Orioles starting pitcher.
The Cubs scored four in the second and two in the fourth on their way to an 8-0 win over the Orioles behind lefty José Quintana at Camden Yards. They scored 27 runs in the three-game series sweep and hit 10 homers.
Jiménez allowed 11 hits, one off his career-high and six runs, throwing 80 pitches. He allowed four straight hits, including three doubles, to start the second. He gave up Kris Bryant’s two-run homer in the fourth.
Orioles starters got torched in this series. They went a combined 11 1/3 innings, allowing 27 hits, 21 runs and seven home runs. O’s starters have gone 5 2/3 innings or less 10 consecutive games. They have just five quality starts in the last 36 games.
Meanwhile, making his Cubs debut, Quintana threw seven scoreless at the Orioles on three hits and just one runner reached third base. In a 100-pitch outing, Quintana did not walk a batter and fanned 12, getting 20 swings and misses. This was his 10th career game with 10 or more strikeouts.
He tied a franchise record for most strikeouts in his debut with the team. Matt Garza fanned 12 Pirates on April 3, 2011.
While the Cubs leave town at 46-45, the Orioles fall to a season-worst seven games under the .500 mark at 42-49. They have lost eight of 10, 10 of 13 and 33 of their past 50 games. They fall to 25-19 at home, where they have lost seven of their last eight games.
The Orioles welcome Texas to town on Monday night to continue this 10-game homestand. Right-hander Chris Tillman (1-5, 7.90 ERA) pitches for the Orioles against right-hander Andrew Cashner (4-7, 3.54 ERA).