Man, it started so promising didn’t it? The Orioles started their six game road trip with a sweep of the Philadelphia Phillies, but tonight they looked to avoid a sweep from the Florida Marlins.
Coming into tonight’s match up the O’s had scored just 8 runs on 18 hits this series, but the team ERA is 3.67 over their last 15 games.
The Birds hoped to achieve a winning road trip and sent Rich Hill to get the job done against the Marlins’ lefty Sean West.
Hill started by striking out the first three batters he faced, retiring the last two with three straight strikes.
But in the second Cody Hill crushed his 13th homerun of the season to give Florida a 2-0 edge. Then Dan Uggla went yard in the 3rd and Jose Cantu drove in Hanley Ramirez in the 5th to give the Marlins a 6-0 lead and end Rich Hill’s night.
Hill pitched just 4.1 innings and Florida figured out pretty early how to take advantage of his one pitch.
Chris Ray continued to make it hard to be a Chris Ray fan. I know the game was over when he came in but giving up a grand slam to Hanley Ramirez, his second in three days, makes it down right painful to watch the O’s.
Besides the hitless Adam Jones, I might be only person excited to get out of south Florida. The Orioles played terrible baseball in games two and three and it will be nice to start fresh at home against the Nationals.