April 9, 2018 -- The Orioles lose the series opener to the blue Jays, 7-1. (Denise Sanders, Baltimore Sun video)

On a dark and chilly Monday night at Camden Yards, where the temperature at first pitch was 44 degrees and dropped throughout the game, the Orioles drew an announced record-low 7,915 to witness their ugly 7-1 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays.

Of course, that record comes with an asterisk. The ballpark's low-attendance record that will never be broken was set on the afternoon of April 29, 2015, the infamous no-fan game against the Chicago White Sox that followed the Freddie Gray-related unrest.

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But Monday's attendance was the lowest for a game at Camden Yards in which fans were allowed into the ballpark. In the previous low, the Orioles had 9,129 for a game against the Tampa Bay Rays on April 12, 2010.

Monday, the Orioles drew an announced record-low 7,915 attendees in the 7-1 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays.
Monday, the Orioles drew an announced record-low 7,915 attendees in the 7-1 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays. (Kevin Richardson / Baltimore Sun)

The Orioles never have drawn particularly well for games against the Blue Jays or Rays. That small crowd in 2010 broke the previous low set in a game against the Blue Jays on May 26, 2009.

Those crowds, though, came during the 14-year string of losing seasons that ended when the Orioles reached the playoffs in 2012, the first year of the Dan Duquette-Buck Showalter era. The Orioles have been far more competitive over the past six-plus years, but attendance has sagged each of the past three seasons, and dropped to a six-year low of 2,028,424 overall in 2017.

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