The O's lost their third straight game after a humiliating 6-2 loss to Toronto on Monday night.
Tommy Hunter lasted just 3 innings, giving up six runs (five earned) on nine hits, walking none and striking out none. Hunter (2-3) gave up a two-run shot in the third and another in the fourth before being pulled. The 'pen allowed just three baserunners through the final five frames, but Hunter's hole was too deep...
The O's continued to struggle offensively, and were held scoreless until the ninth inning. They squandered a chance in the third inning...a single, three walks and no runs. That's pretty much been the story these last few games. Adam Jones extended his hit streak to 19 games with a single in the ninth, and Mark Reynolds slapped an RBI double in his first game back from the DL.
The three-game losing streak ties a season-worst for the Birds...they were swept in three by the Yankees in early April. Tampa Bay lost earlier in the day, so the O's (29-20) are still tied for first in the division.
These last few games have hurt, but I fully expect the O's to battle back later tonight. The starters have been pretty consistent so far, and the talent is there. I'm hoping to avoid the long losing streaks that we've seen in seasons past. The offense has been in a slump but the Birds are tied with the Yankees for second in the league with 72 long balls. Let's see if they can put it all together on Tuesday night...Jake Arrieta takes the mound and looks to put the O's back in the win column.