Baltimore Orioles’ starter Bruce Zimmermann had another struggling outing last night against Kansas City. Awhile back I suggested that the league was figuring Zimmermann out, and I stand by that. However Zimmermann can’t stand by and continue to allow opponents to figure him out. He needs to re-adjust as well. Zimmermann’s line: 4.2 IP, 10 H, 7 R, 0 BB, 2 K.
Zimmermann gave up an RBI-double to Benintendi and a two-run homer to Perez in the first inning. Perez would come up again in the last of the third and smacked another home run. A solo shot, for the record.
Two innings later in the fifth Melendez would smack a three-run homer, breaking the game wide open. Zimmermann pitches-to-contact almost exclusively. And that’s not necessarily a bad thing in the least. But when you pitch-to-contact and the opponent is touching up just about everything you put out there, you’ll see starts like this.
Taylor smacked a solo homer of his own in the sixth, running the score to 8-0. The O’s would threaten in the eighth with the bases loaded, but Kansas City worked out of the jam. The Birds’ lone run came in the top of the ninth on a solo homer by Anthony Santander.
The series continues this afternoon at Kauffman Stadium. Tyler Wells gets the start for the O’s, and he’ll be opposed by Kansas City’s Daniel Lynch. Game time is set for just after 4 PM.