The Baltimore Orioles (12-10) were not able to muster up enough offense to take the opening game series against the Toronto Blue Jays (8-11), as the O’s dropped a 7-2 decision on Monday night.
Baltimore was able to see a really solid start from Alex Cobb, but he was just outdone by Toronto starter Hyun Jin Ryu. Cobb was able to pitch 6 2/3 innings, striking out four batters and giving up eight hits. For Alex the 6 2/3 innings pitch is the longest start by a Baltimore pitcher this season, as Manager Brandon Hyde is starting to build his rotation for the res of this very quick MLB season.
Ryu, meanwhile went six innings, striking out three batters and giving up only four hits and was able to keep the Baltimore bats off balance for most of the night. The lone hits for the Birds that were able to drive in runs came from Pedro Severino in the Bottom of the Fourth and Renato Nunez in the Bottom of the Ninth Inning.
The Orioles will see if they can rebound from back-to-back losses as they continue this series with Toronto tonight (Tuesday), as Wade LeBlanc (1-0, 7.13 ERA) takes on Nate Pearson (0-0, 5.11 ERA). LeBlanc is looking to rebound after having a tough start so far this season, the last time the lefty took on Toronto he gave up seven runs on 11 hits over seven innings when he was with the Mariners last season.
Pearson is looking to adjust his approach after getting hit hard by the Marlins last week. One of the things that Nate has to offer is a really good fastball and he is hoping that is something he can establish early in the game.
The first pitch for the Orioles and Blue Jays is scheduled for 7:35 p.m. With the action airing on the MASN Network.
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