Baltimore Orioles: Kevin Gausman didn’t have it

Kevin Gausman had a tough time getting anything going for the Baltimore Orioles yesterday as they fell big in the series finale with New York, 9-1. Gausman’s line: 3.0 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 3 BB, 4 K. That’s not going to get the job done, however New York was hitting everything that anybody was throwing yesterday – not just Gausman’s stuff.

Gausman started the game off with a walk of Gardner, who promptly stole second and was doubled home. Judge came up later in the inning and smacked a two-run homer, and the O’s trailed 3-0. Gausman pitched Judge right down the middle, which resulted in the home run. Mind you however, Judge has struggled mightily since the all-star break. So it wasn’t necessarily a bad idea to pitch-to-contact against him given the fact that he’s been recording outs. He just picked yesterday to try to break out.

After New York put two more on the board in the third, Gausman was finally lifted after that inning. Mike Wright came in for the fourth, and promptly gave up another two-run homer. As I said, New York was hitting everything they could. When the smoke cleared the Birds fell by the aforementioned score of 9-1. In this case, it began and ended with starting pitching, although the offense only putting up one run didn’t help.

The Orioles now embark on a road trip that will take them through Cleveland, Toronto, and New York. So that’s basically the season right there. The Orioles sit two games out of the final wild card spot, and one game behind Anaheim. But they have a tall task this weekend with a Cleveland team that’s basically the hottest in the league. Incidentally, this weekend’s series will also feature the Orioles in the national spotlight, as Sunday’s game is in prime time on Sunday Night Baseball.

After the game Buck Showalter mentioned how it’s important in any game to get off to a good start. Gausman was unable to do that, which added to why it didn’t work out for him and the Birds yesterday (quote courtesy of Roch Kubatko, MASNsports):

The first at-bat of the game, that’s the difference between the major leagues and Triple-A is you make really good pitches and they tip them off and then you get two or three, in his case four pitches that could have been strikes. I thought Kevin’s stuff was pretty good. He struck out three guys in the first inning. It wasn’t his day.

The aforementioned series in Cleveland begins tonight. Wade Miley gets the start for the O’s, and he’ll be opposed by Cleveland’s Mike Clevinger. Game time is set for just after 7 PM.

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