The first quarter of the season is over. It ended with the Orioles being swept for the first time this season and Freddy Garcia pitching poorly.

Manager Buck Showalter poked fun at a question about the quarter point.

“It’s behind us. The good, the bad, the whatever. It’s part of it. This is an impossible game to be perfect at. I’m not going to get too reflective at the … that’s for the Preakness or whatever it is, where they go a quarter-mile and all that other stuff,” Showalter said.

The Orioles 8-4 loss to the San Diego Padres before 32,418 at Oriole Park on Wednesday afternoon gave them a record of 23-17, a pace that would equal about 92 wins, about where they ended last season.

A main difference between last year and this year has the emergence of Manny Machado. The 20-year-old prodigy had a career-tying four hits on Wednesday, three doubles and a single. He also hit into a double play

Machado is batting .343, which puts him among the league leaders, and his 59 hits were the most in the AL. For the fourth time in his last five games, Machado had at least three hits.

“He’s fun to watch. I like his selectivity. I don’t know what’s going on with him hitting into a double play today. No, I’m proud of him. He’s handled himself well. Like I said, with a couple of our guys, I’m just proud of the way he’s handled the early at about the quarter-mile part,” Showalter said.

In his last 21 games, Machado is batting a sizzling .419.