The Baltimore Orioles’ pitching has been so horrific in June, the staff has tied a dubious mark for ineptitude that has stood for almost a century.
Friday night, Orioles hurlers gave up 11 hits, allowed eight walks and three home runs in a 15-5 loss to the Rays. It was the Orioles’ 20th straight game of giving up at least five runs, tying an MLB record set by the Phillies in 1924.
Starter Ubaldo Jiménez struggled mightily, yielding nine earned runs before getting the hook after 2 1/3 innings.
Jimenez, whose ERA now stands at 7.26, isn’t the only O’s pitcher who’s been part of the June swoon. Chris Tillman has given up 19 earned runs in his last 10 2/3 innings, and fellow starter Kevin Gausman has an 8.02 ERA in June. Wade Miley has a 7.94 ERA in five starts this month. Dylan Bundy, who has been generally good this year, has been overworked lately and has a 7.63 ERA in his past three starts.
Orioles manager Buck Showalter shrewdly analyzed the situation after the loss, which dropped the Orioles to 35-38.
“Got to pitch better,” he told reporters. “Got to pitch better. It is what it is. The help’s going to come from within. We’ve got to get back in step and create some rhythm for the offense, and even the defense gets out of rhythm a lot when the game’s being played so choppy and not very crisp.
“I really don’t like hanging it around one phase of it, but it starts if we could just string some good starts together, you can get into some type of rhythm.”
Studs of the night
Red Sox catcher Sandy Leon must have been inspired by the team’s pregame ceremony retiring David Ortiz’s number. Leon hit his fifth home run of the season, and went 3 for 4 with four RBIs in Boston’s 9-4 win over the Angels.
Nationals outfielder Brian Goodwin hit two homers, and went 3 for 4 with a pair of walks, runs and RBIs in Washington’s 6-5 walk-off win over the Reds.
Dud of the night
Indians third baseman Erik Gonzalez came into Friday night’s game against the Twins hitting an even .400 in June. That average took a blow after Gonzalez went 0 for 4, striking out three times and stranding six runners, in the Tribe’s 5-0 loss.
How epic is Giancarlo Stanton when it comes to tape-measure home runs? Here, the Marlins slugger hits a 458-foot home run to dead center off the Cubs’ John Lackey — and it was only his third-longest home run this year.
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Rockies (47-29) at Dodgers (49-26), 10:10 p.m. ET — The Dodgers have the second-best record in baseball behind the Astros, but they just can’t shake the Rockies or the Diamondbacks in the NL West. The Dodgers would seem to have the advantage on the mound Saturday night, with three-time Cy Young winner Clayton Kershaw (10-2, 2.61 ERA) going against right-hander Tyler Chatwood (6-7, 4.08). But Chatwood has been Kershaw-like in June, with a 1.73 ERA in his four starts.