The Baltimore Orioles called up pitcher Tom Eshelman from the minor leagues this evening to make tonight’s start against Tampa. Eshelman was drafted by Houston while current Orioles’ GM Mike Elias was the Asst. GM there – and migrated into the Orioles’ system. While not perfect, his big league debut will go down as a fairly positive one. Eshelman’s line: 5.0 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 0 K.
Eshelman only went five innings, but left the game in a spot to be the winner. Eshelman gave up two RBI-singles in the first inning. But he was able to limit the damage otherwise, and left the game with the Orioles in a spot to win. And that’s what you want out of a starters is Eshelman the next Palmer or Cuellar? Tough to say right now. But he looked like a keeper for tonight.
Hanser Alberto would get the Orioles on the board in the fourth with an RBI-single. That cut the Tampa lead to 2-1. Two innings later in the top of the sixth Renato Nunez and Rio Ruiz would add RBI-singles, and the O’s held the lead at 3-2. But it wasn’t meant to be.
Tampa led off the last of the sixth with a walk. And following a hit, Kiermaier cleared the baes with a three-run homer. One inning later in the seventh, Choi’s RBI-single extended the Tampa lead to 6-3. That also came on the heels of a walk
Walks kill you. And they seem to happen more often than that as a precursor to runs being scored. They immediately put a pitcher on notice that he’s having control problems. Future hitters see that, and are looser as games progress.
End of the day, nothing good ever happens after a walk. This much we know, and we understand. It’s preventing the walks which are above my pay grade. But as has been the case for all opponents, Tampa took advantage of the opportunities that were presented to them.
The series continues tomorrow night at Tropicana Field. The Oriokes has yet to announce a starter, but whomever they choose will be opposed by Charlie Morton. Game time is set for just after 7 PM.