BOSTON -- Mother Nature hasn't been kind to the Baltimore Orioles so far this season, and on April 15 the Orioles had their toughest test yet.
The game-time temperature at Fenway Park in Boston hovered around 34 degrees, with 23 mph winds, and though the announced attendance was 32,489, only about a third of that number was in the stands.
It marked the seventh time in 16 games that the Orioles began a game with temperatures below 50 degrees; players from both teams wore face masks to shield them from the cold.
The Orioles managed just three hits during a 3-1 loss to the Red Sox. The loss was pinned to right-hander Dylan Bundy, who despite pitching to a 1.40 ERA, has yet to win a game. Bundy allowed two unearned runs in the sixth.
"It's not easy, that's for sure, but they've got to deal with the same conditions as we do," Bundy said. "It's just you've got to go out and battle and give your team a chance to win."
Manager Buck Showalter, whose team lost three straight to the Red Sox this weekend, wasn't buying the cold argument.
"Weather is weather. We haven't swung the bats well and they're pitching well," Showalter said. "You can talk about conditions, you can talk about the other pitcher, but we've got to swing the bats better. We know that. Everybody does."
Third baseman Danny Valencia had a hard time gripping Boston left fielder J.D. Martinez's grounder to start the sixth inning, but again Showalter wouldn't use the cold as an alibi.
"We're all playing in the same conditions," Showalter said. "It's tough; it's real hard. You can't feel your hands or the ball and it is what it is. I really don't want to use the weather as an excuse, and I know our guys don't either, but it's really tough to play in. But it was tough for them, too."
First baseman Chris Davis struck out three times and grounded out to first, and as a whole, the Orioles are hitting just .216.
"I think a lot of it has to do with the weather," Davis said. "We've played very few games with the temperature above 55. And that's just kind of the way it goes. That's the old adage, the pitchers have the advantage the first month of the season and it takes the hitters a little bit to get their timing down.
"When you're battling the elements like this on a day in, day out basis it makes it that much harder. But we can't make any excuses. We have to continue to work. I said it the other day, you've got to continue to trust the process and understand there's a long season and there's a lot of baseball to be played."
The Orioles' schedule 11:05 a.m. start against the Red Sox April 16 has already been postponed due to weather. That game will be made up May 17.
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