Baltimore Orioles: Can’t live in the middle of the plate

The Baltimore Orioles had the tables turned on them a bit tonight as they fell in blowout fashion to the New York Mets. Orioles’ starter (and former Met) Matt Harvey was ineffective once again as he pitched against his former team. But New York was on a mission tonight, and nothing the O’s threw at them was going to change that. Harvey’s line: 3.0 IP, 8 H, 7 R, 1 BB, 2 K.

Alonso smacked a two-run homer off of Harvey in the first inning. This however after Cedric Mullins made yet another diving catch in center field. He’s single-handedly playing his way onto the all-star team. And incidentally, he deserves to be a starter.

Ryan Mountcastle stayed hot for the O’s, smacking an RBI-single in the last of the first. However that’s as close as the Orioles would come. New York would put two runs on the board in the third, and then break the game wide open on a three-run homer by Pillar. Mind you, over a great number of years when he was with Toronto, Pillar went to town with Orioles’ pitching. And tonight he picked up right where he left off while playing in the AL East.

New York would also get a solo shot from McKinney in the fifth, and a second homer by Pillar (this of the solo variety. Alonso would add an RBI-double in the ninth, but New York would also close out their scoring at 14 runs, the remainder of which come on homers.

Whether it was Matt Harvey or anyone else who came in, Oriole pitchers lived in the middle of the plate tonight. Look no further than Harvey’s stat line; one walk and two strikeouts. Certainly New York recorded their share of outs hitting to contact, however Oriole pitching didn’t do themselves any favors by pitching-to-contact.

The Orioles will enjoy an off day tomorrow while heading to Tampa to open a three-game set in Bethany Beach, DE.

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