A different day, but the same result. The Birds were blanked for the second straight game, falling 5-0 again to the New York Mets on Tuesday night at Citi Field.
This time, the O's managed more than one hit...they got five. But none came with runners in scoring position, as the Birds went 0-for-9 in that all-important category. Matt Wieters was the only O' with a multi-hit game, going 2-for-3 with two doubles and a walk.
Tommy Hunter looked good early but faltered in the later innings, allowing four of his five charged runs in the sixth and seventh frames. Hunter lasted 6 1/3 innings, giving up those five runs on seven hits and one walk, fanning three. It was the first walk Hunter allowed in his last three starts, but he again allowed the long ball to beat him. The Birds were down just 1-0 when Hunter served-up a game-changing two-run shot in the sixth inning.
This marked the first time since April 2005 that the O's were blanked in back-to-back games. This club reminds me a lot of that 05' club, mainly because it was the last time the Birds were in contention this late in a season. We just have to hope that these O's don't collapse like that team did...
The good news? The Yankees 10-game win streak was snapped, so the Birds didn't lose any ground to the Bombers. Brian Matusz looks to salvage the final game against the Mets later tonight; a win would give the O's a respectable 3-3 Interleague road trip. The Orioles are off Thursday before hosting the Nationals for a three-game set starting Friday night.