Baltimore Orioles swept out of Pittsburgh
There are a lot of fans who are probably going to say that the Baltimore Orioles have thrown in the towel on the season, and maybe aren’t even trying. However I would challenge fans to take a look at the lineup before saying that. Guys like Chance Sisco are getting a shot at some playing time with the team out of contention. And justifiably so.
However the more striking issue is that for the truncated Pittsburgh series, the O’s have gone with an all-rookie outfield. In essence they’ve had to, given the fact that Adam Jones is resting his sore legs, and they have to surrender their DH in a National League ballpark. Last night it was Mancini, Hays, and Santander. Granted Mancini’s been in the lineup all season, however you get the point. The Orioles’ offense can’t be whatever it is with the amount of inexperience that’s in the lineup.
Gabriel Ynoa got the start last night, and only lasted a few innings. Ynoa’s line: 3.0 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 1 BB, 3 K. Ynoa wasn’t stellar, however the fact is that the Orioles are trying to get a look at different people in an attempt to fill starting rotation slots next year. In essence with the team out of contention, these are spring training games.
Ynoa gave up an RBI-single to McCutchen in the first inning, and the Birds trailed 1-0 early on. However they battled back right away. Cisco and Santander smacked RBI-doubles, and Hardy grounded into a fielder’s choice-RBI. Suddenly it looked like the baby Birds were onto something.
However one inning later Pittsburgh got back to within one on Polanco’s solo homer. In the third Ynoa issued a harmless two-out walk in a sense, only to have Bell smack a two-run homer to give Pittsburgh the lead back. They would add a run on Marte’s RBI-single in the seventh to win it 5-3, sweeping the series.
With that two-out walk Ynoa fell victim to something that’s plagued Oriole pitchers all season long. It’s understandable that they aren’t trying to walk guys with two outs, however I do wonder if perhaps the team doesn’t collectively let their guard down just a bit once they hit two outs. Or even two strikes. Walks happen sometimes, and that’s okay. They’ve just seemed to happen at the wrong time to this team in 2017.
To add to the quirkiness of the schedule in this final week of the season, the O’s are off again today. So in a sense this is the final off day of the season for the Orioles, however after this weekend of course they’ll be off until late February of next year.