Baltimore Orioles: Cleveland too much once again

The Baltimore Orioles had a newbie on the mound yesterday afternoon in Cleveland: Gabriel Ynoa. Ynoa of course was acquired in a trade during spring training, and spent some time in the Orioles’ bullpen earlier this year. However he made his first start yesterday, but not with the greatest results. Ynoa’s line: 4.2 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 0 BB, 3 K.

The zero walks was obviously a nice touch, and Ynoa didn’t pitch horribly to be honest. However this was always meant to be a bullpen game in a sense. But the O’s did give Ynoa a lead in this game early on. Trey Mancini‘s RBI-single in the first inning gave the Birds a 1-0 lead.

However that lead only lasted two innings. Urhsela’s RBI-double in the last of the third tied the game at one. And that was as close as the O’s got for the rest of the day. One inning later in the last of the fourth Bruce smacked an RBI-single which gave Cleveland a 2-1 lead. And one inning after that Santana’s RBI-double increased that to 3-1.

Now the O’s did battle back – just a little. Tim Beckham led the sixth inning off with a solo homer, cutting the lead to 3-2. However this game came across as another classic one in which the O’s relied too much on power. Furthermore, Cleveland pitchers once again did a masterful job of working the outside realms of the strike zone. Every borderline pitch by a Cleveland pitcher was seemingly called a strike.

Just for good measure, Cleveland got a solo homer from Lindor in the seventh to run the final to 4-2. While the O’s did muster the one early run without power, they seem to be slipping back into the old habit of relying on homers. Believe me, I’m the first one to tell you that homers are and should always be the way that this team wins. But it shouldn’t be the only way.

It’s also worth mentioning that this was Cleveland’s 17th straight win. So the Birds are catching them at just the wrong time. When you play 162 games, timing is everything in terms of when you catch teams. And unfortunately the Orioles have run into several teams this year while they were riding high.

The Birds will try to salvage one in this series this evening before a national television audience at Progressive Field on ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball. Jeremy Hellickson gets the start for the Orioles, and he’ll be opposed by Cleveland’s Trevor Bauer. Game time is set for just after 8 PM.

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