ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Gunnar Henderson and the Baltimore Orioles picked the wrong week to get swept for the first time in 2023.
The rookie shortstop didn’t even know what losing in a sweep felt like in the big leagues before the AL Division Series against the Texas Rangers.
After winning 101 games and finishing the regular season with the American League’s best record, the Orioles trailed by six runs after just two innings Tuesday night. They never gave themselves a chance in a 7-1 loss, their eighth postseason defeat in a row over 10 seasons.
Baltimore still has a 91-series streak without getting swept in the regular season, going back to before Henderson was called up in the summer of 2022.
The Orioles went 52 series over the entire 2023 regular season without getting swept, a first for the franchise since it moved to Baltimore in 1954. They became the fourth big league team since 2000 to accomplish that feat.
It means little now.
“We have a lot of guys who have never been to the postseason before. So this hurts, and it’s OK to hurt,” manager Brandon Hyde said. “It’s OK to have this kind of fuel your fire in the offseason. It’s going to take a while for us to get over this a little bit. But I think our guys will co me in hunting and hungry in spring training.”
Baltimore fell behind by seven runs through three innings of an 11-8 loss in Game 2 at Camden Yards, then was down by six runs in the second inning of Game 3.Henderson had one of the few highlights with an RBI single off Nathan Eovaldi in the fifth, but the Orioles couldn’t get close.
The 91-series streak included series of at least two decisions with no ties. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, it’s the fourth-longest streak in MLB history behind the 1942-44 St. Louis Cardinals (124), 1906-09 Chicago Cubs (115), and 1903-05 New York Giants (105). Henderson followed a season that made him a strong contender for AL Rookie of the Year with a 6-of-12 showing in the postseason.
“Much rather have won,” he said. “But I guess it’s pretty cool.”
PHOTO INFO: Baltimore Orioles starting pitcher Kyle Gibson (48) walks off the mound as Texas Rangers’ Nathaniel Lowe, left, runs the bases with a solo home run in the sixth inning of Game 3 of a baseball AL Division Series on Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2023, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
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