The Orioles might have the chance to play the Oakland Athletics again in October, with much higher stakes on the line. But following a humbling, 10-2 loss Sunday afternoon, the Orioles couldn't escape Oakland quick enough.
As they try to rebound from a 5-4 walk-off loss to the Oakland Athletics at O.co Coliseum, the Orioles will face right-hander Jason Hammel ¿ Baltimore's Opening Day starter in 2013 ¿ for the first time this season.
When Oakland A's switch-hitter Coco Crisp, batting left-handed in the ninth inning Saturday evening, lifted a Darren O'Day pitch over the right-field wall for a homer, it wasn't just an eventual game-winner.
If there's one thing that separates the Oakland A's and the Orioles, the American League¿s two upstarts, it¿s that the A¿s young pitching has been a tick better this season. On Saturday, in Oakland's 5-2 victory, A's 23-year-old right-hander Jarrod Parker was a whole lot better than 24-year-old lefty Zach Britton.
In Friday's 5-2 loss to the Oakland Athletics, Orioles starter Jake Arrieta stumbled early and couldn't pitch deep, the second consecutive time he has failed to get through the sixth. But it was plate umpire Jeff Kellogg's tackle of a fan that was the biggest hit of the night.