BOSTON – In an energized visiting clubhouse late Friday night, an
The players talked excitedly about Friday's benches-clearing incident, which resulted in
Less than 24 hours later, they went out and looked like a lifeless bunch, getting totally dominated by a pitcher who has made a habit of getting booed off the mound in his home ballpark.
“I thought we could use the energy from last night,” said Orioles center fielder
In his first start in more than two years, Alfredo Simon was serviceable before tiring in the fifth and possibly reinjuring his hamstring, but the Orioles never got anything going against Lackey, who entered the night with a 7.47 ERA, including a 9.47 mark in seven home starts.
“The key was we didn’t do much against Lackey and it seems like a lot of the
Lackey (6-8) allowed just three hits and a walk while striking out seven. He also hit two batters –
“If Simon had hit two guys, he would have been ejected,” Showalter said. “They used to do warnings before a game and they didn’t, so it kind of gives somebody a free pop.”
Unlike Friday, there was no further incident, except the Orioles losing for the sixth straight time and the 20th time in the last 26 games. The Orioles (36-51) are just 1-9 on this road trip, which comes to an end Sunday before the team heads into the All-Star break. They’ve been outscored 24-7 in this series and 54-18 during the six-game skid.
The Orioles' only victory of the night was that they did not allow an opponent to reach double digits in runs for just the second time in six games. However, they did allow double-digit hits for the seventh straight contest in falling to the Red Sox for a fifth straight time.
“You need to get a win going into the All-Star break,” Jones said. “I was telling [catcher
When you consider what happened the previous two nights and the fact that Simon was making his first start since April 14, 2009 – a game in which he blew out his elbow and was gone after just 1 1/3 innings – it was hard to gripe too much with the big righty’s performance.
He got off to a rocky start, allowing three of the first four hitters that he faced to load the bases with one out in the bottom of the first inning. That set the stage for Ortiz, who received a standing ovation as he walked to the plate. But Simon got the designated hitter to ground into an inning-ending double play, and he proceeded to escape jams in the second and third inning.
“He couldn’t hold that offense down forever, but at the same time, I’m proud of him,” Showalter said of Simon. “He was impressive. We were going to take him around 90 [pitches]. He ended up around 78, not including the intentional walks. He gave us a chance to win.”
Simon has already been on the disabled list once this season with a left hamstring strain.
“I just tried to get the guy on third base out and my hamstring, I felt something pop,” said Simon, who allowed three runs on eight hits and three walks over 4 2/3. “And after that I walked a couple guys and then tried to throw strikes. I think everything felt good, but we didn’t score any runs.”
After an intentionally walk to
The Orioles managed to bring the tying run to the plate in the seventh, but
The Orioles went 0-for-4 with men in scoring position and only had seven baserunners all night.
So much for that galvanizing moment.
"Everybody was up for the game, but it's kind of the way baseball is," Reimold said. "If you try too hard, things don't work out. You have to have an even keel, steady approach, as well as obviously being ready to play. We just didn't get it done."
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