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Friday (early) morning Orioles thoughts and observations

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Orioles couldn’t wait to get home after their 7-1 loss to the Royals on Thursday night. And this morning, neither can I as I sit in the Kansas City International Airport airport terminal at 4:30 a.m.

I see that a lot of the postgame chatter has to do with Alex Gordon’s “catch” on Nate McLouth’s line drive to left that ended the Orioles’ promising fifth-inning rally. Third-base umpire Bill Miller ruled it a catch, but slow-motion replays showed otherwise, that the ball hit the ground before Gordon caught it.

With two outs, Brian Roberts would have definitely scored from second base, putting the tying run on base. Instead, the inning ended and the Orioles couldn’t muster much for the rest of the night.  

Another case for expanded replay? Yes. The reason the Orioles lost Thursday night? No.

The top five hitters in the Orioles’ lineup were 2-for-19 on the night, so you’re not going to win many games that way.

Manny Machado and Chris Davis – whose first halves played a large role in the Orioles’ offensive attack – have gone cold.

Davis, who still leads the majors in home runs, hasn’t homered in seven games and he is 1-for-11 over the past three games. Machado, who leads the majors with 39 doubles, is 1-for-16 over his last four games and has only hit one double in his past 19 games.

That’s unfortunate, because their slumps come right when catcher Matt Wieters is beginning to heat up and rookie Henry Urrutia is starting to give the club long-awaited production from the DH spot.

Wieters extended his hitting streak to six games, and he has multiple hits in his past five games. Urrutia, who is likely to start the first two games against right-handed Boston starters Friday and Saturday, hit a rally-starting triple Thursday and is 7-for-20 over his first six big league games.

They can make everyone forget about all that with a good weekend this week against the Red Sox.

What do you think? Can the Orioles offense put it together?

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