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Orioles Limited To Four Hits In 5-1 Loss To Angels

August 10, 2017
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Craig Gentry didn't hesitate. 

Gentry, who entered the game in the sixth inning after right fielder Joey Rickard was hit in the head by a pitch, was running from first base on a single by second baseman Jonathan Schoop. After he rounded third, Gentry caught sight of third base coach Bobby Dickerson waving him in.
 
Gentry was called out easily at the plate, and the Orioles went on to lose a 5-1 decision to the Los Angeles Angels before 36,202 at Angels Stadium Aug. 9.
 
The Orioles were undone, not only by that play, but by the continued struggles of first baseman Chris Davis and designated hitter Mark Trumbo.
 
Davis and Trumbo, who was activated Aug. 9 after missing 10 days with a right rib cage injury, are both in prolonged slumps. Davis is in a 2-for-25 skid, and Trumbo is hitless in his last 22 at-bats. The Orioles had just four hits.
 
Manager Buck Showalter knew Dickerson was being aggressive because the team's primary power hitters were slumping.
 
"It is pretty obvious that we're searching for runs there," Showalter said. "You got an opportunity there so you take a pop at it. That probably figures into his thinking. Bobby's as good as there is. You know with Trum, he is just coming back, there is some unknown there. Hopefully he and Chris get it going pretty soon."
 
The pair were the next two hitters after Schoop, and at the time, the Orioles trailed, 2-1.
 
Kevin Gausman allowed four runs on eight hits in 5.1 innings. The right-hander allowed a two-run home run to C.J. Cron in the sixth to put the Orioles down, 4-1.
 
"Didn't do a very good job of finishing hitters. Felt like I was getting to two strikes a lot but left some pitches up," Gausman said. "They didn't necessarily hit them hard but to the right spot."
 
Rickard was hit by Los Angeles starter Troy Scribner, and Showalter said he thought Rickard was not seriously injured.
 
"[We're] not taking any chances. We think he's O.K," Showalter said. "There'll be an evaluation tomorrow, kind of have an idea of what you're dealing with, but all indications are good right now.

"... When you first get up there, and he's got his back to you, you don't know if there's some cut. I know, he's got an abrasion above his eye. [I think] it's from his helmet. I think it hit the ball more than anything, but still there's a lot of precautions you have to take there."
 

The Orioles lost two of three to the Angels and still have seven games remaining on their 10-game West Coast trip. They're 56-58.
 
"Those are the bounces, because you want to go out there and you want to win," Schoop said. "But we felt like today we didn't hit much, but you have to give [the other team] credit sometimes, too. Their pitcher threw good, but we're going to forget about today and go to Oakland with the mindset that we're going to win there and play the best that we can."
 
NOTES: Shortstop Tim Beckham singled in the fifth. Beckham has hit in all nine games he's played with the Orioles. … To make room for OF/DH Mark Trumbo, the Orioles optioned LHP Donnie Hart to Triple-A Norfolk. Hart is 1-0 with a 3.12 ERA in 39 games in three stints. "He pitched real well for us last year and has for us at times this year," Showalter said. "One thing I've liked is that when we have sent him down, he's done well down there and gave us a reason to bring him back." … The Orioles traded RHP Steve Johnson, who was at Norfolk, to the Chicago White Sox for cash considerations. … INF Ryan Flaherty is not likely to be activated this weekend. He remains at Double-A Bowie for a rehab assignment. His offense has been strong, but he still needs work on strengthening his right shoulder for throwing. … The Orioles open a four-game series in Oakland Aug. 10. Left-hander Wade Miley (5-9, 5.51) will face righty Chris Smith (0-1, 4.82) in the first game.

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