After the Orioles put together their third seven game winning streak of the 2016 season, they immediately lost four straight to the Seattle Mariners. I could count the amount of positive things from this series on one hand.
Game One: Mariners: 5, Orioles: 3
The one good positive from this game was that Hyun Soo Kim hit a home run, giving the Orioles the record for the most home runs in the month of June in the history of baseball with 56.
Other than that, this game was fairly disappointing. Chris Tillman was only able to go 4 2/3 innings allowing four runs on six hits while striking out three but also walking three.
Dylan Bundy pitched 2 2/3 innings and allowed only a run on three hits, so I guess that is something to be semi-positive about.
Game Two: Mariners: 5, Orioles: 2
This game had even less bright spots in it. The only Oriole with a multi-hit game was Jonathan Schoop with two.
Kevin Gausman got the start but did not pitch all that bad. Gausman was able to go six innings allowing three runs on eight hits while striking out seven and walking nobody.
The Orioles got their two runs thanks to a Chris Davis solo home run in the second inning and a Jonathan Schoop RBI single in the third.
Game Three: Mariners: 12, Orioles: 6
The closest the Orioles came to making this a competitive game was in the sixth inning. With the bases loaded, Adam Jones popped up to the shortstop to end the inning. An inning, in which, the Orioles got two runs to make it a 9-4 game at the time.
Tyler Wilson churned out a horrible start going only three innings allowing eight runs on nine hits while striking out two, walking two and allowing three home runs. Wilson was optioned to Triple-A Norfolk following the game.
Game Four: Mariners: 9, Orioles: 4
We are almost done with the suffering, I promise. The O’s did have a glimmer of hope in the fourth inning with a home run by Mark Trumbo, his 24th on the year, and a 2-RBI double by J.J. Hardy, making it 4-3 Seattle at the time.
The Mariners answered right back with two runs in the bottom half of the inning, making it a 6-3 game and pretty much rubbing it in the Orioles face at this point.
Trumbo would later get an RBI single in the seventh inning, but it was much too late as it made the score 6-4 at the time. The Mariners once again answered back in the bottom half, scoring three runs to make it 9-4.
Ariel Miranda made his Major League debut during the game and pitched two innings allowing three earned runs on four hits. Although, he did have four strikeouts so not all was lost from his debut.
I know I have probably claimed other series’ during the season the “worst” at the time but this one easily takes the prize. The Mariners just seem to have the Orioles number this season, and in a game as random as baseball, I can understand that. It does not ease the pain at all, though.
The O’s will now head to Los Angeles to face the Dodgers for three games. Yovani Gallardo and Julio Urias will start the series off followed by Chris Tillman and Kenta Maeda going in game two with Kevin Gausman and former Orioles’ pitcher Bud Norris wrapping up the series.