Bruce Zimmerman took to the mound tonight for the Baltimore Orioles against New York. And he showed some growing pains, as New York tee’d off on him. Zimmmerman’s line: 3.2 IP, 9 H, 4 R, 1 BB, 3 K.
It’s tough for a guy like Zimmerman to go up against a team like New York. While they’re struggling, they’re still the New York Yankees. When you’re a rookie going against the team who’s supposed to be the best in baseball, it’s often tough. But that’s how you learn.
New York took the lead right away on an Urshela sac fly-RBI in the first. While that was only one run, it set the table for what the rest of the game was going to be. It ensured that the Birds were playing catch-up for the rest of the night.
Judge’s solo homer in the third would double the lead to 2-0. One inning later, Higashioka smacked a solo shot of his own, running it to 3-0. Later in the inning Urshela’s RBI-single have New York a 4-0 lead.
Maikel Franco’s RBI-single in the last of the fourth for the Birds on the board. But Stanton’s solo homer in the seventh gave New York their four-run margin back. And 5-1 ended up being the final, as the O’s dropped game two of this series.
The most exciting part of the game from the Orioles’ perspective was reliever Jay Flaa making his big league debut in the end of the game. Flaa pitched 1.1 innings, walking two and striking out one. ￼
These big league debuts are a big deal. The Orioles are a young organization, and we’re seeing quite a few of them thus far this year. If the Birds manage their talent properly, they could have a stacked team of big leaguers in a few years.
The series continues tomorrow night at Camden Yards. The Orioles have yet to announce a starter, but whomever he is he’ll be opposed by New York’s Domingo German. Game time is set for just after 7 PM.