Not much good happens after a starting pitcher gives up three runs and takes 36 pitches in the first inning. The Orioles on Wednesday afternoon continued their exploration of the many different ways to lose a baseball game, unearthing a third, wholly distinct method for losing a game to the Minnesota Twins. Another one run loss, 4-3, sealed an Orioles sweep at the hands of those same Twins.
Twins pitcher Jose Berrios has been dominant in his first three starts this season. The 22-year-old is 3-0 with 1.66 ERA. On Wednesday, he earned yet another win. And when he’s making baseballs do what they did against the Orioles, it’s easy to see why. Seriously, did he switch out a baseball for wiffle ball without anybody noticing? That doesn’t look natural. The pitch looked to be heading inside off the plate before dropping off a cliff and into Chris Gimenez’s glove. Caleb Joseph could only watch in disbelief as that pitch formed a mind of its own and turned into a strike. The Orioles would hit three solo homers against Berrios probably because he didn’t throw that breaking pitch every time.
David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer Close Senior writer of SweetSpot baseball blog Former deputy editor of Page 2 Been with ESPN.com since 1995 Follow on Twitter It's not that Manny Machado has been terrible. I mean, he has 10 home runs, takes his walks and plays good defense. It's hard to complain about a player on pace for 36 home runs and 90 RBIs. But let's complain! He's 44 games into his season and hitting .218 with a below-average .308 OBP. Machado is supposed to be one of the game's elite stars, yet he ranks 106th out of 108 qualified regulars in wOBA. His recent skid -- he has hit .183 with four RBIs in his past 14 games -- coincides with the Baltimore Orioles' own skid. Wednesday's