It was bound to happen eventually: the Orioles lost a game. I know, that news might be hard to swallow initially but just know that it will be okay.
The Orioles took their perfect record of 5-0 into Boston and were able to extend it to 7-0 following wins in the series opener and the middle game but unfortunately lost in the series finale.
Game One: Orioles: 9, Red Sox: 7
If you like your baseball like your trips to the bathroom following a Taco Bell dinner, this was the game for you.
In Boston’s home opener on the season, the game started out ever-so promising for the Red Sox. They were able to knock around Yovani Gallardo right in the first inning and got off to a 3-0 lead.
However, the Orioles had other plans. In the top of the third, Chris Davis got a two-RBI single and Mark Trumbo launched a home run to put the Orioles ahead 5-3 at the time.
The Red Sox answered in the bottom of the 5th by tying up the score at five. The exchanges of lead changes would continue up until the 9th inning.
With two men on, Chris Davis launched a monster home run into the tarp covered seats of Fenway Park to put the Orioles ahead 9-6. Boston would tack on one more run in the bottom half of the inning but the Orioles would eventually wrap up the game and win the series opener 9-7.
Game Two: Orioles: 9, Red Sox: 5
In what was probably the early candidate for weirdest game of the season, the Orioles extended their winning streak to seven by taking the second game in this series.
Mike Wright made his 2016 debut and did not pitch all that well. Wright went five innings allowing four runs, five hits, striking out four while walking only one. The Orioles hope for Wright is that he can improve on this appearance and take the positives that he had from the game and apply them more throughout his start.
As for the offense, it was J.J. Hardy’s night. Hardy had two home runs on the night and both of them pretty much took the same route to get over the wall.
J.J. Hardy’s second HR was calculated at 339 feet. He has the two shortest home runs this season, both today. pic.twitter.com/zf05Nilj6l
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) April 13, 2016
This is one time that I am fortunate for Fenway Park having the most annoying dimensions out of any MLB stadium.
Another home run came from the Orioles in the form of a Mark Trumbo blast to left field that hit off the top of one of the billboards on the Green Monster and bounced right out of the stadium. I still need to watch Mark Trumbo take BP in Camden Yards and see if he can put one into the club level seats.
As for the rest of the game, Dylan Bundy was another bright spot for the Orioles. Bundy went 2 1/3 innings allowing three hits and having a run charged to him that he left inherited to T.J. McFarland. Bundy seemed to have more control of his pitches than he did in his first outing and he said he had no arm soreness following the appearance which is very good news to hear.
There is now speculation that since the Orioles tried to see if he could go three innings tonight means they are trying to push him to be a starter at some point in the season. Personally, if he is physically able to do it and perform well, I am all for it.
Game Three: Red Sox: 4, Orioles: 2
The first loss of the 2016 season comes in the form of a semi-depressing and super annoying game to watch. Every time I looked up from the phone after an at bat, it felt like the Red Sox catcher Ryan Hanigan was making another mound visit. The Red Sox have truly perfected how to slow the pace of play to make the game seem even slower than it actually his. No wonder all the Sox fans were leaving the Tuesday game early.
Ubaldo Jimenez made his second start of the season and he did not look the same at all. Jimenez on the night went five innings allowing 4 runs on 6 hits, striking out five and walking four. From the beginning, you could tell which Ubaldo was going to be on the mound for the Orioles that game.
Luckily for the rest of the Orioles bullpen, Tyler Wilson rose from the dead to pitch three shutout innings allowing two hits and striking out two. Wilson is kind of in a weird place on the team right now. He clearly is the best long reliever option in case of a blowout favoring either team but he is also a better starting option than Vance Worley but then you lose your best long man out of the bullpen. It should be an interesting situation when Kevin Gausman is activated from the disabled list along with Brian Matusz.
The Orioles now head to Arlington, Texas to face the Rangers for their first four game series of the season. The series will start off with Chris Tillman pitching against Cole Hamels followed by Vance Worley and Martin Perez being slated to start Friday. As for Saturday, Yovani Gallardo will make his first start against his former team while Colby Lewis goes for the Rangers and neither team has announced a starter for the Sunday game.
The Orioles no longer have the best record in baseball; they currently share that title with the Cubs who also have a 7-1 record. The Orioles still have the second best team batting average, tied for third most team home runs, tied for sixth with most team runs, and sixth in team ERA so there is absolutely no reason to panic. Even if these numbers were flipped, you should still not panic. It is April and there are 154 games left. Save your anxiety and stress for September.