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.
Manager Buck Showalter had to wait until Sunday morning to name a starter for the series finale against the Texas Rangers. He also laid out the probable pitchers for the first five games after the All-Star break.
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.
As Chris Davis’ season-long struggles at the plate continued to spiral, the short-term solution Friday night was one the Orioles tried previously, giving the first baseman a day off to serve as a mental reset.
The Orioles are just finding their footing after an awful start, 88-year-old owner Peter Angelos is battling health problems and it’s fair to wonder who’s running the show. According to sources, John and Louis Angelos are assuming more responsibility.
Out of all the numbers surrounding this Orioles team, the only ones that mean anything are the 8 in the win column and the 26 in the loss column. Everything else is noise. But some of the underlying stats behind their unpleasant start go a long way toward explaining the worst record in baseball.