The Orioles hit four home runs, including three in the final two innings, to come back from a five-run eighth-inning deficit, but lost, 8-7, to the Toronto Blue Jays in 10 innings on Aledmys Díaz’s walk-off single off left-hander Paul Fry.
Orioles second baseman Jonathan Schoop had another two-hit game Tuesday, with his walk-off single in the ninth inning meaning he raised his batting average 30 points in nine games since his weekend off.
The Orioles’ fate has long been determined, but Thursday night’s series-opening 5-2 loss to the Twins at Target Field – their 10th defeat in their past 11 games — offered some positives, but also more reasons for frustration.
Pose the question to anyone in an Orioles uniform, and the pause before he speaks is pregnant. The sigh is audible, the stare far away. The question is almost as loaded as the possible answers — and there's no one answer: How did the Orioles' season fall apart so fast?
Stars in every scenario a season ago, the Orioles' Trey Mancini and Jonathan Schoop left the bases loaded as the would-be tying runs in the seventh inning of Tuesday night's 6-4 loss to the Boston Red Sox to continue disastrous seasons with runners in scoring position for each.
The Orioles found a new way to lose Saturday afternoon at Rogers Centre, sinking to a season-worst 25 games below .500 after dropping a 4-3 decision to the Toronto Blue Jays on reliever Mychal Givens’ bases-loaded walk in the 10th inning.
After thinking it was a scheduling fluke earlier in the season, the Orioles will see a Yankees pitching staff that like the rest of the league won't throw many fastballs and will challenge the Orioles' aggressive approach.
On the six-year anniversary of Adam Jones' contract extension that kept him off the free-agent market and in Baltimore through his prime, he and the club reflect on what made the last such deal they signed worthwhile and why others haven't had the same opportunity.