Tyler Wells got the start for the Baltimore Orioles in this afternoon’s series finale in the Motor City. Wells was nickel and dined to death in a sense, but didn’t give up anything big per se. Wells’ line: 4.0 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 0 BB, 2 K.
Wells was pitching to contact in effect. He gave up a solo homer to Cabrera, and an RBI-single to Castro in the last of the second. Cabrera came up again an inning later, and knotted a sac fly-RBI.
That was all that Cabrera surrendered, but Detroit kept the pressure on. Barnhart abs Castro added RBI-singles in the seventh and eighth respectively. The Orioles at the very least got on the board in the ninth when Trey Mancini smacked a solo homer. But when the opponent puts up five, you can’t settle for one. End of the day, the O’s ended up getting swept away in the Motor City.
This was a tough weekend series for the Orioles in more than one way. The Birds had to put Ryan Mountcastle on the 10-day IL with a left forearm strain. This on Friday. This afternoon Jorge Mateo collided with the Detroit pitcher running out a bunt. At first he stayed in the game, but was later lifted.
Manager Brandon Hyde said after the game that Mateo has a left shoulder and chest contusion. X-rays we’re negative. In the immediate future Mateo will be listed as day-to-day, with no apparent roster move pending for the time being.
The O’s were also without Austin Hays in Detroit, as his hand was stepped on in St. Louis. Hays and Mountcastle are huge absences in the lineup. So the Birds’ offensive output (three runs in three games) in Detroit isn’t totally shocking. But all teams have injuries, and you have to overcome them. For the record, Mountcastle was put on the Il retroactive to this past Wednesday, and his hope is to return in the latter part of the upcoming home stand.
The O’s now head home to open a four-game set with the New York Yankees at Camden Yards. Kyle Bradish gets the start for the O’s, and he’ll be opposed by New York’s Luis Severino. Game time is set for just after 7 PM.