Baltimore Orioles: Two big league debuts in loss

The Baltimore Orioles fell 7-1 to Anaheim this evening, their sixth consecutive loss. David Hess got the start this evening, and was hit up for all but one of Anaheim’s runs. Hess’ line: 5.2 IP, 9 H, 6 R, 2 BB, 2 K.

The tone was set early on when Hess gave up a solo homer to Trout, giving Anaheim a 1-0 lead. Simmons’ RBI-single in the third extended the lead to 2-0, and Anaheim would later score on a fielder’s choice-RBI by Valbuena. And true to form, sound baseball common sense failed the Orioles in that sequence. With one out they played the infield at double-play depth. Yet Valbuena’s grounder was slow enough that Schoop had to come in to field it, allowing Anaheim to stay out of a double-play. And allowing a run to score.

Anaheim would put four more runs across before all was said and done, including one on a solo homer. Adam Jones would add an RBI-single in the last of the ninth to keep the Orioles out of a shut out as well. With the loss, this Orioles team is currently one game behind the pace set by the 1988 team which began the season 0-21.

But not all of the news was bad for the Orioles. They did have two relievers make their big league debuts in this game, Ryan Meisinger and Paul Fry. Meisinger, a native of Dunkirk, MD, pitched 1.2 innings and gave up two hits and a homer (striking out one). Fry also pitched 1.2 innings, and struck out two.

First off, it’s always a neat moment when someone makes their big league debut. But Ryan Meisinger grew up an Orioles fan, attended Orioles games with his family, etc. In sports it’s all but known and understood that you’re going to be working away from where you’re from. But stories like Meisner’s where the player makes his debut for his hometown team are rare. And they’re awesome to tell. What a thrill for him, and for his family.

Meisner of course gave up the homer, so on that basis Fry looked better of the two. However they both showed promise. It remains to be seen whether or not these guys will remain with the Orioles or be sent back down for whatever the reason might be. But we’re starting to see some of the players grown in the Orioles’ system coming up. Again, for better or for worse.

The series continues tomorrow at Camden Yards. Andrew Cashner gets the start for the O’s, and he’ll be opposed by Anaheim’s Tyler Skaggs. Game time is set for just after 4 PM.

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