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From August to September, the Orioles bats have gone cold

From August to September, the Orioles bats have gone cold

Throughout the month of August, particularly its last week, the Orioles were playing their best baseball of the season, and the source of the club’s summer surge was an offense that was the best in the majors during the month.

But as the calendar has switched to September, the bats have again gone cold, struggling to score runs at the most inopportune time of the season, while the team is chasing other playoff contenders and with the games dwindling.

“This time of year, it’s a snowball time of the year,” manager Buck Showalter said. “Ask the Dodgers, ask the Indians. Ask three or four clubs. There is such a fine separation from teams that are going to win 100 and lose 100....