Couple of post-game notes: Some ugly numbers, Uehara's streak ends, Rapada will join club
By now, you are probably aware that the Orioles lost, 4-2, today to the Cleveland Indians to complete a humbling series sweep. They finished the road trip with an 0-5 record, and they are now bringing home a seven-game losing streak for the start of a 10-game home stand.
Here are a couple of other discouraging statistics:
The Orioles offense has scored just 17 runs in the seven-game skid.
The Orioles were outscored by the first-place Indians 20-7 in the series and never led in any of the games.
On the winless trip that included two losses to the New York Yankees in a rain-abbreviated series, the Orioles were outscored 33-16.
The Orioles said that their blown 5-0 fifth-inning lead on Thursday in New York wouldn’t linger, but they were outscored 26-7 on the trip after that point.
The Orioles were 0-for-5 with runners in scoring position today and just 5-for-24 in such situations in the series
The 51 runs the Orioles have scored are the second fewest in the American League, ahead of only the Minnesota Twins
Oriole starters have an 8.45 ERA during the losing streak and have logged just 33 innings in seven games.
In other news:
Koji Uehara said that the end of his streak of 36 appearances without a walk was “nothing to really dwell on,” and proved that he wasn’t too bothered after the game by playfully chiding a reporter for not writing more about it.
When Uehara’s full-count pitch to Shin-Soo Choo with one out in the eighth inning was called a ball by home plate umpire Ed Hickox, the third longest streak of appearances without a walk in Major League Baseball since 1954 ended. Uehara had not walked a batter since he issued a free pass to the Toronto Blue Jays Fred Lewis in the ninth inning last July 16.
The only longer streaks were authored by Dennis Eckersley who did not issue a walk in 41 straight games from Aug.1 7, 1989 to June 10, 1990; and John Smoltz who did not walk a batter in 38 games from July 24, 2003 to June 8, 2004.
The Orioles were none too pleased with Hickox’s strike zone for much of the day, prompting Showalter to say, “I’m not so sure it was a walk either … I wasn’t even aware of it, but it doesn’t surprise me at all.”
Asked about Hickox’s strike zone during the at-bat, which started with three straight balls, Uehara said through interpreter Jiwon Bang: “I think it wasn’t going well with the umpires today.”
Two batters later, Uehara issued another walk to Travis Hafner before striking out Orlando Cabrera to end the inning. His 29-pitch outing today was four pitches fewer than Uehara had made in his first 4 2/3 innings this season, though Uehara said that he felt strong physically.
“I wasn’t burdened at all,” he said. “I’ll be ready to go [Monday].”
With Michael Gonzalez struggling, the Orioles will select the contract of another left-handed reliever, Clay Rapada, before the start of a four-game series against the Minnesota Twins Monday. Long man Chris Jakubauskas will go to the 15-day disabled list with a groin injury to make room on the 25-man roster, but the Orioles will still have to make a 40-man move to accommodate Rapada.
Jakubauskas made three appearances for the Orioles and allowed six earned runs on nine hits and four walks over 7 1/3 innings. Rapada, who signed a minor league deal with the club in January, pitched two scoreless innings and notched a save for the Tides, allowing one hit, one walk and striking out three.
He made 13 relief appearances for the Texas Rangers last year and left-handed hitters went just 1-for-19 against him.