O’s don’t look much like a con­tender

Baltimore Sun - - SPORTS - Peter Sch­muck

By the time the Ori­oles and Oak­land Ath­let­ics were back in their re­spec­tive club­houses af­ter Wed­nes­day’s marathon se­ries fi­nale at Cam­den Yards, the out­come of the game didn’t seem all that im­por­tant any­more.

The Ori­oles cer­tainly needed to win the game and the se­ries — and they did — but the fi­nal score wasn’t go­ing to change what ev­ery­body saw on a beau­ti­ful af­ter­noon or what we’ve been see­ing for the en­tire month of Au­gust. This is no way to get to the play­offs. The O’s have won the first game of their past five straight se­ries and lost the sec­ond game of each of those se­ries. And, while we’re on this dis­turb­ing sub­ject, they didn’t win any of those se­ries un­til Manny Machado’s 12thin­ning walk-off homer Wed­nes­day.

Does that mean they have no chance to reach the post­sea­son? No, it doesn’t, but only be­cause there are enough games left for some­thing to­tally un­ex­pected to hap­pen, like the Ori­oles sud­denly get­ting their stuff to­gether and go­ing on a long win­ning streak.

Of course, ev­ery­one who watched

KEN­NETH K. LAM/BAL­TI­MORE SUN

Buck Showal­ter hugs Manny Machado af­ter Machado’s homer in the 12th in­ning that helped the Ori­oles fin­ish with a se­ries-end­ing win over the A’s. It ended a streak of four straight se­ries in which the O’s won the first game and then lost the se­ries.

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