The Orioles Are Having a Tough Weekend in the Nation’s Capital

While I’m partaking in some U.S. Open Golf in Bethesda, Maryland this weekend … the Orioles, ugh, are not doing too well.

It was another day, another loss for the Birds on Saturday as they lost the Nationals again, 4-2.

If there’s one thing I have noticed with the action in Washington while catching bits and pieces on MASN, plus replays on Sportscenter, it is that there have been remarkably large crowds to watch the games over the weekend. Both teams were terrible when it came to the win-loss record over the past few years; however, people are enthusiastic for baseball in the region, and one can imagine if both teams can start winning on a regular basis.

The Nationals – who many have seen as a bottom feeder in the NL East – have won eight straight games and have surged close to .500 mark. On the other hand, the Orioles are 31-37, and are six games under  .500 — plus have lost six out of their last seven games.

The news of the afternoon on Saturday in Washington centered around Brian Matusz’ start after his horrendous outing last Sunday. He looked better than he did against the Rays; however, the Nationals torched him for four runs, mainly off a homers by Ryan Zimmerman and Michael Morse.

Matusz got through five innings of one-run ball before the decisive sixth inning, where he gave up three runs. To make things even worse, he left due to a hamstring injury. Matusz needed help walking off the field; however, he sounds much better this morning. Meanwhile, Washington’s starting pitcher – Jordan Zimmermann – and his bullpen contained the Orioles.

In addition, Luke Scott left the game early as well with some back issues.

The offense got eight hits on the afternoon; however, they left eight men on base. Until the offense is a lot more efficient with getting men home, the Orioles will continue to struggle. If there’s a positive coming out this series so far, Derrek Lee has had seven hits in the last two days, raising his average to .240. I do not know if his latest outburst at the plate is because he is facing some pitchers might have been familiar with in the National League; nevertheless, it is a nice development if it lasts.

Sadly, the Orioles are just doing enough to lose. They are not being blown out in games, but it is like the little things are not happening.

Baltimore just has to keep grinding out there and hope things get going.

Hope everyone out there is having a terrific Father’s Day!