If Bruce Zimmermann’s effort last night is any indication, perhaps the Baltimore Orioles’ starters are beginning to settle down just a bit. PERHAPS. Zimmermann only threw five innings, but he put the team in a position to win, and he potentially saved them from having to use a bullpen reliever earlier than they did. Zimmermann’s line: 5.0 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 6 K.
Zimmermann gave up a solo homer to Mercedes in the second inning. And that’s it. Freddy Galvis tied the game in the top of the fourth with a solo shot of his own. And on we played.
But an RBI-single by Hamilton in the sixth gave the ChiSox the lead again. And they didn’t look back. This combined with a three-run seventh inning gave Chicago a 5-1 lead.
But the O’s may have lost more than just their tenth straight game. Trey Mancini was hit on his elbow in the first inning. He was down for awhile, and after being checked out by head trainer Brian Ebel, he went down to first base and ran for himself.
However Mancini was lifted from the game in the last of the first and couldn’t play in the field. He was later diagnosed with a contusion. HeMs listed as day-to-day.
Manager Brandon Hyde addressed Mancini’s injury after the game:
As of right now he’s not undergoing any more testing. We are going to see how he feels tomorrow. I’m sure it’s going to be extremely sore. He got him in a tender spot there by the elbow.Quote courtesy of Roch Kubatko, MASNsports
Bruce Zimmermann was still in the bullpen warming up when Mancini was injured. Zimmermann on Mancini:
It was a very silent bullpen when we saw that happen. Obviously, Trey is the leader on this team and a sparkplug for us on offense, as well. I talked to him a little bit in the clubhouse when I came in. He’s in good spirits and hopefully it’s nothing more than a contusion and he gets back on the playing field as soon as possible because he’s such an integral part of this team and a key to our offense and just the lifeline of this team.Quote courtesy of Roch Kubatko, MASNsports
I don’t need to remind everyone of Mancini’s story. By default he’s already the Comeback Player of the Year. He’s also the league’s RBI-leader. But now he risks going to the IL. Only time will tell on that.