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Orioles lose to Athletics, 5-4, despite Jimenez’s 11 strikeouts

August 12th, 2017 at 1:17 AM
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Andrew Villa-USA TODAY Sports

The Orioles looked to be on their way to winning the first two games of the four-game weekend series against the Athletics, but the late innings didn’t turn in the favor of the visitors.

Below, the details from a tough loss in Oakland.

The recap

After a scoreless first inning from both Athletics starter Paul Blackburn and Ubaldo Jimenez, Blackburn kicked off the second inning with a fastball up in the zone that Adam Jones, the night’s cleanup hitter, didn’t miss. On a 1-2 count, Jones put a charge into one over the left field wall, never a chance to stay in the field of play. His 22nd of the season gave the O’s the early 1-0 lead to kick off this series’ game number two.

For Jimenez in the first several innings, you might’ve thought you were watching the Dodgers with Clayton Kershaw taking the mound. He had everything working the first time through the Oakland lineup, and while it wasn’t Kershaw, it certainly was the best version of “good Ubaldo” we’ve seen in quite some time.

In both the second and third innings, Jimenez fanned the side, showcasing seemingly unhittable breaking stuff paired with a fastball tossed with pinpoint command. Through three innings, he totaled eight strikeouts and appeared to completely baffle the A’s. Not something you might have expected, but certainly a welcomed development to start this game off.

With Ubaldo cruising, Jones added another run in the top of the fourth inning รข?? even though the run won’t count in his overall RBI numbers. Following a leadoff double by

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Tags: Adam Jones, Athletics, Blake Treinen, Brad Brach, Chad Pinder, Clayton Kershaw, Dodgers, Dylan Bundy, Givens, Jed Lowrie, Jonathan Schoop, Joyce, Khris Davis, Manny Machado, Marcus Semien, Matt Chapman, Matt Joyce, Matt Olson, Mychal Givens, Orioles, Paul Blackburn, Richard Bleier, Tim Beckham, Ubaldo Jimenez

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