The Baltimore Orioles scored one and had runners on first and second with one out trailing by two runs, but Ryan Flaherty grounded into a double play to end the comeback threat and the game as the Birds fell 4-2 to the Chicago White Sox.
Flaherty may have ended the game, but the story of the game for Baltimore was their inability to cash in when they had opportunities with runners in scoring position.
The Orioles went 1-9 with runners in scoring position on Tuesday Night, with the lone hit coming from Delmon Young in the ninth inning to make the score 4-2. Baltimore left seven runners on base and missed multiple opportunities to to score some runs.
With the score 3-0, Steve Pearce led off the sixth inning with a solo bomb to left field to cut the deficit to two and Adam Jones followed with a double, but Nelson Cruz and Chris Davis both followed with a strikeout and JJ Hardy lined out to end the inning and waste a golden opportunity.
Over the first two games of the series, the Orioles are 3-20 with runners in scoring position. Pearce, Jones and Manny Machado each had two hits in the game to lead the O's offensively.
Miguel Gonzalez (4-5) took the loss for the Birds as he struggled with his mechanics and release point all night and could not command the zone. Gonzalez was opening his front hip, which was leading to his arm either dragging behind or slinging across to make his misses either up in the zone or off the plate towards the left handed batter's box.
In typical Gonzalez fashion however, he gritted out a five inning outing, while only allowing three runs on nine hits, three walks, and one strikeout. He even escaped a bases loaded, no out jam in the fifth inning without allowing a run, but it was obvious his mechanics were off.
T.J. McFarland tossed two scoreless innings in relief to continue his impressive June as he has allowed just one earned run in 14 2/3 innings pitched this month.
The loss, combined with a Toronto Blue Jays win, drops the Orioles back to 2 1/2 games behind the Jays for the AL East lead. Baltimore will look to rebound tonight and secure a series win with Ubaldo Jimenez (2-8) getting the start against Chicago's Hector Noesi (2-4) with first pitch scheduled for 7:05 p.m.
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