Records aren’t always good.
The Orioles proved that Friday night at Tropicana Field tying what is an obscure and dubious record.
According to Elias Sports Bureau, these 2017 Orioles have tied the 1924 Philadelphia Phillies for most consecutive games in which they’ve allowed at least five runs. The Orioles already had eclipsed the American League record.
The Orioles were at 19, with enigmatic starter Ubaldo Jimenez taking the mound against the Tampa Bay Rays on Friday.
It didn’t take long for the Orioles to make it 20 in a row. Jimenez allowed four runs in the first to the Rays and then surrendered a sacrifice fly to Evan Longoria in the second inning to hand Tampa Bay that magical five spot.
Jimenez, by the way, was forced out of the game in the third – chased after allowing two home runs in the inning and nine total runs in 2 1/3 innings pitched.
The Orioles looked to be headed toward another loss – they were 6-13 and had been outscored 139-74 during the streak before Friday night.
Dylan Bundy starts Saturday and will try to keep the Orioles from having the record all to themselves.
Ah, good times.