O’s game blog: Out to end a losing streak

The Orioles’ last win was in Game 1 of a doubleheader a week ago yesterday on the road against the Tampa Bay Rays by a 4-2 score. They have lost six in a row since. The last three of this streak, they’ve lost by a combined 26-11 score.

In those three games the O’s starters - Aaron Brooks, Asher Wojciechowski and Ty Blach - pitched a combined seven innings, allowing 21 hits and 17 runs (16 earned) along with three home runs.

Meanwhile, O’s batters have scored 11 runs over the past three games and 30 in the last nine. Baltimore is 2-for-17 (.118) in the past three games with runners in scoring position and 5-for-47 (.106) over the last seven games batting with RISP.

Kline-Throws-White-Spring-Sidebar.jpgThe Orioles bullpen worked 6 2/3 innings last night, allowing one run on four hits with three walks and five strikeouts. It marked the third straight game the bullpen has worked 6 1/3 or more innings. Baltimore’s bullpen ranks second in the American League and third in the majors with a 2.99 ERA since Aug. 20. Since that date, O’s relievers have recorded 69 strikeouts against 24 walks for a 2.88 SO/BB ratio, the fourth-best in the AL in that span.

The Dodgers’ 7-3 victory over the Orioles last night gave the club its seventh consecutive National League West title and ensures the Dodgers will be in the postseason for the 33rd time in franchise history. Tonight, the club continues its six-game road trip (1-0) by attempting to win its 31st series of the season (currently 30-12-4), which would be one series victory away from tying their all-time mark set in 2017, when they went 32-18-4.

Los Angeles is just the third team to win seven or more consecutive division titles, joining the New York Yankees (nine from 1998-2006) and Atlanta Braves (14 from 1991-2005). Dave Roberts, the Dodgers manager since 2016, became the first manager in major league history to lead his team to division titles in his first four full seasons as skipper. The Dodgers are 8-5 versus Baltimore all-time and 4-3 at Oriole Park, with their last trip coming in April 2013.

Major League Baseball will hold a league-wide commemoration of Sept. 11, 2001 with tributes at all games today. This remembrance is part of MLB’s ongoing effort to honor those whose lives were lost and affected on that tragic day 18 years ago. Clubs will recognize the day with a moment of silence and pregame ceremonies.

A “We Shall Not Forget” silhouetted batter ribbon will be displayed throughout ballparks, on special lineup cards and on base jewels. Players, coaches and umpires will wear caps with a side patch of the ribbon during games. Major League Baseball will donate all royalties from the sales of the caps to the National September 11 Memorial & Museum, the Pentagon Memorial Fund and the Flight 93 National Memorial.

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