The Orioles would head to the West Coast one more time with visits to the Bay Area for a set of series starting with the Athletics followed by the Giants.
Game One: Athletics: 3, Orioles: 2
Kevin Gausman got the start for the Orioles and pitched a very decent game. Gausman went six innings allowing two runs on six hits while striking out six and walking two. But once again, the offense could not get enough runs for Gausman to get a win. I’m not a fan of the stat but I still wish Gausman could get some credit for how well he is pitching this season.
As for that offense, the only runs came thanks to Manny Machado twice. Once with a sacrifice fly in the third inning and a solo home run in the eighth inning.
Game Two: Athletics: 2, Orioles: 1
Wade Miley was able to put out his first quality start as an Oriole but for the second night in a row, the offense could not give him any help. Miley went six innings allowing two runs on six hits while striking out two and walking three.
The only offense the O’s were able to produce was an Adam Jones solo home run in the fourth inning. If you think it can’t get more depressing, it can.
Game Three: Athletics: 1, Orioles: 0
At this point, I just felt like the Orioles were finding new and embarrassing ways to lose and make me feel like an idiot for staying up late to watch them.
Once again in the series, the Orioles got a quality start. This time, it came from Yovani Gallardo. Gallardo went six innings allowing one run on four hits while striking out six and walking two; one of his better starts this season.
That is honestly the only positive thing from this game: a Yovani Gallardo six innings start.
Game Four: Orioles: 9, Athletics: 6
Finally, a pulse. Despite the score the Athletics put up, the Orioles starter Chris Tillman churned out a very impressive start. Tillman went seven innings allowing two runs on five hits while striking out four and walking nobody.
As for the Orioles offense, things got started in the fourth inning with a Mark Trumbo RBI single, followed by a two RBI double by Pedro Alvarez, making it 3-0. In the fifth inning, Mark Trumbo would put an exclamation point on the game with a grand slam, making it 7-0 Orioles.
The O’s would add on two runs in the seventh thanks to an Adam Jones home run and a Pedro Alvarez RBI single.
Zach Britton would get his 35th consecutive save on the season mainly in part to Logan Ondrusek and Darren O’Day being charged with two runs each in the eighth inning. It is never easy.
Honestly, I am just glad the Orioles are getting out of Oakland and hope they can take their offense from the final game into the series against the Giants.
Speaking of that series against the Giants, Dylan Bundy will get things started against Matt Cain in the opener. The second game of the series will have Kevin Gausman face off against Madison Bumgarner with Wade Miley going up against Johnny Cueto in the series finale.