Fall continues as O’s lose 17th of past 21
Miley struggles with control once again in late-season swoon
ST. PETERSBURG, FLA. – Another defeat has made losing the norm this September as the Orioles dropped a 7-0 decision to the Tampa Bay Rays in this season’s final series opener Friday night at Tropicana Field.
The Orioles (75-85) lost for the 17th time in their past 21 games, assuring them of no better than a fourth-place finish in the American League East with two games remaining.
Orioles pitchers allowed just seven hits, but issued 10 walks and hit a batter, with three of those free passes coming around to score. Meanwhile, the Orioles managed just four hits in a game when Rays starter Jake was forced from the game after pitching just four innings What might have been
final start with the Orioles showed flashes of the same pitcher the left-hander has been during his tenure with Baltimore, moments of dominance along with untimely control problems that combined for a lack of consistency.
Miley (8-15) lasted just two batters into the fifth inning Friday, marking his third straight start where he’s been unable to get at least five innings deep.
Miley struck out five batters in his first two innings, including opening the game by striking out the side in the first inning, but his five walks led to a quick departure.
In the fourth inning, a leadoff single by — a ball that hit off the staircase connecting two of the dome’s catwalks and dropped in front of catcher
— started a two-run inning when Miley walked in a run with the bases loaded and allowed a sacrifice fly to put the Rays up 3-0.
He wouldn’t record an out in the fifth, allowing a leadoff homer to and a double to before he was replaced by righthander
Since pitching a quality start on Sept. 2 against the Toronto Blue Jays in a game that dropped his season ERA to 4.91, Miley has a 12.56 ERA in the four starts since. He finished with four earned runs on five hits with six strikeouts Friday. His15 losses are the most by an Orioles’ pitcher since AL-high 17 games in 2011.
Tillman threw two scoreless frames before unraveling in the seventh, allowing a leadoff homer to Morrison, hitting Puello and walking Right-hander allowed both base runners to score after a wild pitch and two sacrifice flies.
The Orioles had just one extrabase hit on the night,
one- out double down the left-field line in the fourth. lost an Mancini up to 17: Trey Mancini’s seventh-inning single extended his hitting streak to 17 games and also gave him 158 hits on the season, which tied him with Cal Ripken Jr. (1982) for the secondmost hits in a season by an Orioles rookie. Eddie Murray owns the team record with 173 hits in 1977. Beckham leaves with injury: Shortstop Tim Beckham left Friday’s game after pulling up while running out a ground ball to second base to end the top of the eighth inning, an apparent aggravation of the right hamstring pull that kept him out of the previous three games.
Orioles starting pitcher Wade Miley reacts after his bases-loaded walk to Tampa Bay’s Daniel Robertson during the fourth inning. Miley lost his 15th game of the year and has a 12.56 ERA in his last four games.