It took eight innings for the Orioles to record their first hit of the night against a cavalcade of Astros pitchers, but Maikel Franco’s late homer was nowhere near enough as the O’s dropped the series opener 10-2 on Monday night/early Tuesday morning.
Baseball is capable of producing some of the most compelling and unexpected moments in all of professional sports. This Orioles-Astros game was not one of those moments. The Orioles, who are quite bad, played like one of the worst teams in baseball. The Astros, who are quite good, played like a team that is bound for the postseason.
It was a weird, long night at Camden Yards. The start time of the game was delayed by an hour due to rain and thunderstorms around Baltimore. The threat of inclement weather continued throughout the night. It then began down-pouring before and during the Astros’ half of the eighth inning. For some reason, the umpiring crew allowed the field to get soaked for several minutes prior to calling for the tarp again, but the Orioles’ grounds crew did a marvelous job of cleaning up the mess in time to resume the game after another 40-minute break.
All the while, the Orioles were struggling at the…