Baltimore Orioles’ fans are going to have to get used to the idea that the rebuilding process is going to be painful. David Hess struggled last night in Texas; as a young starter, Hess is part of the solution – not the problem. And personally I think he has a bright future with the Orioles. That’s just not necessarily evident now, or at least it wasn’t last night in Texas. Hess’ line: 3.1 IP, 5 H, 7 R (5 earned), 1 BB, 4 K.
Texas took an early lead when Odor reached on a Hess error. Hess picked up a comebacker and threw it down the first base line – Odor scored from first. And again, it’s plays like that which Orioles fans will have to get used to. However in fairness, those are the types of plays we’ve seen all season – from proven veterans.
But it was the fourth inning that did in both Hess and the Orioles. In total, Texas smacked three homers. Gallo smacked a two-run shot, Chirinos a solo, and Odor a grand slam. The seven run inning was the end of Hess’ night, and similar to the second inning on Thursday it ended the competitive portion of the night.
The Birds did put a couple of runs on the board. Jonathan Villar (who of course was newly acquired in the trade with Milwaukee) smacked an RBI-single in the fifth that cut the lead to 8-1. Later in the inning Tim Beckham‘s RBI-single cut it to 8-2, and Chris Davis‘ RBI-double an inning later brought the O’s just a bit closer at 8-3. However three add-on runs in the eighth put it away for Texas at 11-3.
Hess of course kind of got off to a poor start with the run-scoring error. And again, it’s plays like that which will become more and more commonplace (more so than we’ve already seen this year) as time goes on. Spring training 2019 is going to be a really important time for this franchise. Hopefully by then there’s a bit more stability in terms of the lineup and in terms of which young guy is playing where. And hopefully some of this stuff gets worked out in Grapefruit League play.
It was good for the Orioles to see Villar contribute in terms of scoring runs. In all of the trades that the Birds made, Villar was the only player who came back that was big league ready. Obviously since then a couple of the other guys have come to the big leagues and contributed, however Villar was already at the major league level. I would expect him to play a big role moving forward – unless he’s traded in the off season in the name of getting even younger.