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Adam Jones is batting .290 in the month of Sept. He has four home runs and six RBIs in eight games. (Photo credit: Patrick Smith/Getty Images North America)
The Baltimore Orioles have lived and died by the home run all season long. But for the last four series, home runs seem to be the only way they can score runs.
When the O’s departed Baltimore on Aug. 26 to play the Boston Red Sox, they were about to begin one of the most critical stretches of their season schedule. Unfortunately for the Orioles, that was also about the time hits with runners in scoring position begun eluding them.
The O’s went 3-19 in the series with RISP. When they traveled to New York to play the Yankees, things improved slightly as they managed seven hits in 19 opportunities. Then the Birds took a step backward in Cleveland against the Indians managing just four hits in 17 at-bats with RISP. In their latest series against the Chicago White Sox, the O’s were 3-37 with RISP.
To summarize, in 13 games the Orioles were 17/102 with RISP. That’s a .167 average, nearly 100 points off the team’s .263 average.
From the top of the fourth on Sept. 2 through the bottom of the fifth on Sept. 6, all 15 Oriole runs were via the home run — the Orioles continue to lead the majors in home runs with 193.
Luckily for the Orioles they still managed to win some games despite not getting timely hits. After a miserable 3-6 road trip, the O’s returned home to take three of four games from the White Sox.
The remainder of their regular season will be against division foes, including four games against the Yankees beginning on Monday.
“You won’t have to do as much scoreboard watching as some people normally do,” said Orioles manager Buck Showalter following Sunday’s, 4-2, loss. “It will be right in front of you.”
The Orioles will also play the Red Sox another six times and the Tampa Bay Rays another four games.
Currently, the Orioles trail the Red Sox by 9.5 games in the American League East and the Rays by two games for the second spot in the AL Wild Card.
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Your browser does not support iframes. Buck Showalter and Joe Girardi had to be restrained after getting into a fight before the second inning of the New York Yankees-Baltimore Orioles game on Monday night. The argument occurred after Girardi had words with Orioles third base coach Bobby Dickerson. Showalter came out of the Orioles dugout […]
How well do you read lips? If you do, you're bound to catch some choice words from Monday night's confrontation between Baltimore Orioles manager Buck Showalter and his New York Yankees counterpart, Joe Girardi.
Showalter bolted out of the dugout after the first inning, screaming at Girardi: "That ain't right, Joe. That ain't right." Showalter also made...
Orioles manager Buck Showalter and Yankees skipper Joe Girardi got in a heated exchange in the top of the second inning at Camden Yards Monday night.
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The Yankees and Orioles have a long standing rivalry which has been pretty one sided for over a decade, but we saw a spark of old times on Monday.
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Things got a little heated in Baltimore between the Yankees and Orioles as managers Buck Showalter and Joe Girardi got into a heated exchange after it appeared Girardi yelled at the Orioles bench. Watch below as benches clear as the two managers have to be restrained. Thank Blacksportsonline for the footage.
Matt Wieters hit a two-run single in the 10th inning to give the Baltimore Orioles a 4-3 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Saturday.
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In the 10th inning Matt Wieters changed all that.
Wieters’ two-out line drive base hit to right scored Chris Dickerson and Nick Markakis and gave the Orioles a 4-3 win over the Chicago White Sox before 25653 at Oriole Park on Saturday.
Prior to Wieters’ hit the Orioles were 1-for-17...
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