Matt Harvey became only the most recent Baltimore Orioles’ starter to ensure a long rain delay before taking the field against Detroit. Storms rolled into the Baltimore area, forcing the tarp on the field. The delay lasted about an hour and fifteen minutes. Harvey’s line: 5.0 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 3 BB, 5 K.
Harvey cruised along and kept Detroit off the board for the most part. Towards the end of his outing Detroit caused him trouble. Cabrera’s solo homer in the fifth gave Detroit a 1-0 lead. Goodrum added a two-RBI double later in the inning, and after five innings Harvey and the O’s trailed 3-0.
One very positive thing out of this start was that Harvey apparently didn’t experience any discomfort in his knee, which had bothered him last week at Yankee Stadium:
It’s not a serious issue. It’s just something that’s kind of crept up on me a little bit. But it definitely wasn’t an issue at all.Quote courtesy of Roch Kubatko, MASNsports
Detroit would also net a sac fly-RBI in the sixth. They would score another on a wild pitch, running the score to 5-0. Anthony Santander would smack a two-run homer for the O’s in the last of the eighth, but the Birds fel again to Detroit, this time. 5-2.
A silver lining here would be that they weren’t blown out. The Orioles snapped a streak of six games in which they had surrendered nine runs or more. It’s been a struggle of late for the O’s. But that also comes and goes in waves. A couple of weeks ago they were riding high when. They swept Washington at home. And I predict that at some point in the near future, the fortunes will turn back around.