Orioles split series with White Sox

Timothy Earl May 31, 2018 Comments Off on Orioles split series with White Sox

The Baltimore Orioles split a four game series with the Chicago White Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field.

The Orioles (16-34) won the first game and then dropped the two middle games before rebounding to win the series finale 9-3 against the two cellar dwellers.

Starter Dylan Bundy was awesome and pitched the best game of his career. He struck out a career-high 14, allowed three runs and two hits while pitching a complete game. He is now (3-6) with a 4.45 ERA.

Meanwhile, the offense saw six Birds with at least one RBI with the leaders being catcher Chance Cisco who went 1-4 with three RBI and designated hitter Pedro Alvarez who had two hits in four trips to the plate and two RBI.

The first game of the series was a Baltimore 3-2 win. They got solo homers from Manny Machado, who leads the team with 15, Adam Jones and Mark Trumbo.

Starter Andrew Cashner allowed eight hits, struck out four and walked three while surrendering two runs in five innings of work. He improved to (2-5) and now has a 4.72 ERA.

The bullpen shut out the White Sox ((15-32)  and closer Brad Brach earned his seventh save of the season.

Baltimore lost the second game of the series 3-2 and wasted a 10 strikeout shut out by starter Kevin Gausman and a four for four night by slugger Trumbo.

Ahead 2-0 after seven, usually reliable reliever Mychal Givens surrendered three runs in the eighth to doom the Birds.

The third game of the series saw Chicago clobber the Orioles 11-1.

Slumping Orioles starter Alex Cobb, who so far has had a very disappointing season as a Spring Training pickup, allowed eight hits and six runs while striking out three and walking two in 3.2 innings of work. He dropped to (1-6) with a staggering 7.32 ERA.

The bullpen was no help as the O’s were down 9-1 after five and that was too much to overcome for an offense that has struggled all season.