Baltimore Orioles: Zac Lowther struggles in spot start

The Baltimore Orioles called Zac Lowther up from the minors to make a spot start last night against Boston. And the results were pretty much what you would have expected, as the Birds fell prey to the BoSox once again. Lowther’s line: 2.1 IP, 7 H, 7 R, 2 K, 3 BB.

The O’s actually held the lead in this game, albeit ever-so-briefly. DJ Stewart’s RBI-single in the last of the first gave the Orioles a 1-0 edge. But Boston came right back with four in the second. Gonzalez’s run-scoring double tied the game in the second (due in part to a throwing error). Following Renfroe’s RBI-single, Chavis smacked a two-run homer before the inning ended.

The Orioles were able to put some runs up in this game, however while Boston was scoring in buckets, the O’s were piecemealing their way to the end. Freddy Galvis’ solo homer in the last of the second cut the lead in half at 4-2. However Boston would put three up in the third, two in the fourth, and another two in the sixth.

Trey Mancini and Ramon Urias would add RBI-doubles and singles respectively in the sixth. Luckily however by that point the faucet had been turned off in Boston’s scoring. Austin Hays would add a two-RBI single in the last of the ninth, but the Birds fell 11-6.

After the game Lowther pointed at his execution as the reason why he struggled, but also felt he made some good pitches:

Just not executing in the right spots. When I was missing I was missing over the heart of the plate, and to a good lineup like that you’re going to get hurt. I made a lot of good pitches, maybe not when I needed to, but I’m going to take the good from this and kind of just dump the bad. You can always learn from this stuff. I know what I need to do to get better, so just being able to work on that between outings is something I’m going to take forward.

Quote courtesy of Roch Kubatko, MASNsports

The series continues this afternoon at Camden Yards. Dean Kremer gets the start for the O’s, and he’ll be opposed by Boston’s Nick Pivetta. Game time is set for just after 1 PM.

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