Baltimore Orioles: Tough hitting against new pitchers

Alexander Wells took to the mound for the Baltimore Orioles tonight at Yankee Stadium, and with tough results. New York bats hit Wells hard, putting an end to the competitive part of the game early on. Wells’ line: 2.1 IP, 7 H, 6 R, 0 BB, 2 K.

Torres and LeMahieu smacked RBI-doubles in the second inning, giving New York a 2-0 lead. Rizzo and Stanton would add RBI-singles in the third, doubling the lead. Sanchez would add an RBI-double in that third inning, and Torres a sac fly-RBI.

Stanton would add a three-run homer in the fourth, but Wells had exited by then and the O’s avoided any further damage. Until the end, that is. Which is all you can really do at that point. Ryan Mountcastle would smack an RBI-double for the O’s in the top of the eighth, cutting the New York lead to 9-1. Wade would add a two-run double later in the game. Rizzo would add an RBI-groundout, and Judge a solo homer. And the O’s fell 13-1.

Of the three pitchers New York used in this game, they were all making their big league debuts. And that comes with it’s challenges for the opposing team. In this case, the O’s.

When you’ve never read the book on a guy (because there is no book), it’s tough playing against him. We’ve seen this with various Oriole pitchers as well over the years. But needless to say, rookies dominated the Birds tonight.

The series concludes tomorrow at Yankee Stadium. Matt Harvey gets the start for the O’s, and he’ll be opposed by New York’s Jameson Taillon. Game time is set for just after 7 PM.

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