The Baltimore Orioles dropped yet another game that they had no business losing. The only saving grace is that rookie starter David Hess didn’t take the loss, as he ended the night with a no decision. However you can’t waste outings like that out of a rookie pitcher. Hess is quietly having a great rookie season, but the O’s are getting nothing to show for it. Hess’ line: 6.0 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 4 K.
The O’s took an early 1-0 lead on a Machado sac fly-RBI, but of course Toronto tied it on a Granderson solo homer in the last of the first. The story of the Orioles’ season thus far has been people basically saying anything you can do I can do better. And thus far at least for the Birds that’s unfortunately been the case.
This game was a pitcher’s duel for most of the night, with Hess and Toronto starter Garcia matching one another most of the way. It was only after Garcia left the game that things got pumping for Oriole bats. Austin Wynns smacked his first big league home run in the seventh to put the Orioles in the lead at 2-1. One inning later the O’s also got solo homers from Danny Valencia and Mark Trumbo, and they took what appeared to be a commanding 4-1 lead late in the game.
I say a “commanding” lead because in a pitcher’s duel if someone suddenly smacks three home runs that appears to be the death blow. But for this Orioles team the only death blow comes in the form of 27 outs. And those final three outs are tough to come by.
Brad Brach came in for the save in the last of the ninth, and promptly put two runners on base. Grichuk’s two-RBI double cut the Orioles’ lead to 4-3. But by that point it was fairly clear that Brach didn’t have his good stuff, and the Birds were on the ropes. Pillar’s RBI-single later in the inning tied the game at four – and we played on…for one more inning. Diaz’s RBI-single in the tenth won it for Toronto.
That’s a game on the road against a divsion foe, who I might add hates you just for being you. You had a three-run lead going into the ninth inning – it’s a game that you have to win at that point. Losing a game in that fashion is akin to having the lead in a football game late and your running back coughs the ball up going in to score a TD that would have iced the game.
David Hess will have days as a big leaguer that won’t be as good as this one. He’ll have days where he’s off his game and can’t get his fastball over for a strike. Yet on this day he was great, and walked away with nothing to show for it. The silver lining for the Orioles offensively however was that they got a homer out of Mark Trumbo. If perhaps his bat is coming to life that could mean good things ahead for the Birds in terms of run support.