Ubaldo Jimenez couldn't get out of the third inning, while Manny Machado appeared to throw a bat after being thrown at, as the Baltimore Orioles were routed in the rubber game by the Oakland A's 11-1.
Jimenez (2-7) began the game looking like the guy the Orioles wanted to give $50 million to as he faced the minimum through the first two innings, but everything appeared to disappear between the second and third innings. Ubaldo all of the sudden lost complete command and walked the first three batters of the inning to load the bases, which were nearly unloaded as John Jaso thought he had hit a Grand Slam, but an umpire review deemed it to be a double, but the A's still took a 2-0 lead on the swing. Jimenez promptly walked the next batter to reload the bases and after a Josh Donaldson force out, Brandon Moss delivered the crushing blow as there was no need for a review with his shot clearing the centerfield wall for a Grand Slam and a 6-0 lead.
The slam ended the day for Jimenez and it was quite a head scratcher of an outing because he looked good in the first two innings and was pitch efficient, but the third inning was a completely different story. When his day was over, his final line was 2 1/3 innings, while allowing six runs, two hits, five walks, two strikeouts, and one home run, while needing 63 pitches to do so.
Fortunately for the Orioles, Brad Brach and T.J. McFarland were able to throw the remaining 6 2/3 innings, which is huge moving forward because Jimenez's short start did not completely drain the bullpen.
Offensively the Orioles just could not get anything going as the lone run the Birds would score came in the eighth inning on a bases loaded walk by Chris Davis. Baltimore managed just six hits as A's starter Scott Kazmir (7-2) pitched extremely well.
The biggest fireworks came in the eighth inning as Fernando Abad came into the game to replace Kazmir and with two outs Manny Machado came up to the plate. We all remember the mini-skirmish on Friday Night between Machado and Donaldson, and on the first pitch Abad threw one well inside that nearly hit Machado on the knee. Machado looked out to Abad with displeasure, but nothing occurred; until the next pitch that is as Abad came inside again, but Machado swung incredibly late and the bat flew out of his hands landing near third base, in fair territory, which prompted both benches to clear.
There were no punches thrown, but in looking at the replay, Machado swung very late and was staring at the pitcher as he let go of the bat. We are not here to say if it was intentional or not, everyone has a right to their own opinion, but it wouldn't be a shock if Machado gets suspended for a couple of games. Machado said after the game that the bat slipped out of his hands.
Again, everyone is entitled to an opinion, and you can decide if you feel Machado intentionally threw the bat and meant for it to go towards the pitcher, but we will also say that Abad could have made his point without targeting an area that was recently surgically repaired in Machado's knee.
Baltimore dropped the opening series in their 10-game home stand and dropped to 31-30 on the season and remain 5 1/2 games behind the Toronto Blue Jays in the AL East. The loss was the widest margin of defeat for the Orioles since a 13-2 loss on August 27, 2013 to the Boston Red Sox. On a positive note, Nick Markakis extended his hit streak to 13 games with a single in the first inning.
The O's return to action tonight as they open a three game series against the Red Sox and will send Bud Norris (4-5) to the mound against Boston's Jake Peavy (1-3) with first pitch scheduled for 7:05 p.m.
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