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Orioles routed by A's in 7th straight loss

@goodforball
June 19, 2019

OAKLAND -- Of all the hideous defeats the Orioles have absorbed this season, Tuesday night’s 16-2 crushing at the hands of the Oakland A’s may have been the worst. The A’s clobbered six home runs, all of them between the third and seventh innings, while lengthening Baltimore’s losing streak to

OAKLAND -- Of all the hideous defeats the Orioles have absorbed this season, Tuesday night’s 16-2 crushing at the hands of the Oakland A’s may have been the worst.

The A’s clobbered six home runs, all of them between the third and seventh innings, while lengthening Baltimore’s losing streak to seven games. The half-dozen homers the Orioles allowed actually didn’t establish new season standards for helplessness; they surrendered eight in a 15-7 loss at Minnesota in the second game of an April 20 doubleheader.

But the fact that this represented Orioles’ largest margin of defeat this season deepened the ache they share.

This game marked the 13th time this year that the Orioles have surrendered at least 10 runs.

Baltimore starter Gabriel Ynoa seemed incapable of stopping the A’s, yielding their first three homers. Former A’s pitcher Dan Straily allowed the other three. In between, left-hander Paul Fry faced five batters and allowed four runs (two earned) during Oakland’s 10-run tattooing in the sixth.

“I thought it was a Major League baseball game through five innings,” Baltimore manager Brandon Hyde said.

After that juncture, Hyde would have preferred to avert his gaze.

“That’s really difficult to watch,” he said. “We’ve just had way too many of those types of games this year. I’m just looking forward to the day when we have waves of arms coming through here that are impact guys who can get people out.”

Ynoa sounded as if he felt helpless on the mound.

“I think they were just basically hitting me,” he said. “I was trying to make my pitches, and they were hitting them pretty hard. They were just beating me.”

If there was a key hit among the 16 runs Oakland amassed, it was Ramon Laureano’s three-run homer in the fourth inning that extended the A’s lead to 4-0. It minimized the effect of the two runs Baltimore scored in the fifth inning and served as a precursor to Oakland’s sixth-inning outburst.

Fry relieved Ynoa and proceeded to violate the most basic fundamental of Pitching 101. He threw first-pitch balls to the first four hitters he faced -- Jurickson Profar (single), Beau Taylor (forceout), Marcus Semien (triple) and Matt Chapman (fielding error) -- then fell behind, 3-1, to Matt Olson (single).

“Having to throw pitches that are hittable pitches, that’s when I get in trouble,” Fry said.

The Orioles face the A’s in the series finale less than 24 hours after Tuesday's final out. Will any of Tuesday’s disgust and despair linger in their psyches?

“I don’t think so,” Fry insisted. “There’s a great attitude every day, a lot of energy. We’re going to feed off each other and push each other.”

Chris Haft has covered the Major Leagues since 1991 and has worked for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter at @goodforball.