In game one of today’s doubleheader with New York, the Baltimore Orioles were haunted by the home run ball. When you can’t keep the ball in the ballpark, it’s going to be a long day. Compound that with having to play another one later on, and it’s an even longer day.
Jimmy Yacabonis got the start in the first part of today’s twin bill, and with less-than-desirable results. Yacabonis’ line: 3.1 IP, 5 H, 6 R, 2 BB, 3 K. The Orioles briefly held a lead in this game. With New York already leading 1-0, Renato Nunez‘s two-RBI single gave the O’s a 2-1 lead. At that point you thought maybe the Birds had a fighting chance this afternoon.
But it wasn’t to be. Hicks’ RBI-single tied the game at two in the third. Later in the inning Andujar’s two-run homer gave New York a 4-2 lead. One inning later in the fourth Gardener added a two-run shot of his own. New York would later get an RBI-single from Voit, and additional solo homers by Torres and Hicks, rounding out their scoring.
There was one brief but nice moment for Orioles fans. Walker hit what appeared to be a homer to straightaway center field with two outs in the seventh. Cedric Mullins lept at the wall and brought it back into the ballpark for the final out of the inning. This is something that Orioles fans should probably get used to seeing…
…but perhaps more poignantly, it’s something that opposing teams should get used to seeing. Mullins plays a good center field, and that’s part of the reason why he’s here. Mullins is the future in the outfield for the Orioles. And Mullins would also add an RBI-single in the last of the ninth, cutting NY’s margin of victory to 10-3.
This is a tough game to have to endure for an Orioles’ bullpen that’s going to be right back at it later tonight in game two of a twin bill. Ideally however you want your starter to go deeper than 3.1 innings into the game. As I’ve said many times, it begins and ends with starting pitching. Now admittedly when you bring a guy up from the minors for the start, that may not necessarily bode well. But your hope is that the guy you throw out there is going to go deeper into the game than that.