Baltimore Orioles: Not ready for prime time?

The Baltimore Orioles sent Tyler Wells to the mound for the second half opener last night against New York at Camden Yards. And given the competition, the results were almost predictable. Wells’ line: 5.0 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 2 BB, 4 K.

Wells wasn’t “awful” per se. But he had his struggles against perhaps the most potent lineup in baseball. Judge smacked a three-run homer in the third, and the Birds trailed 3-0. But…they battled back. Remember, these Orioles don’t give up.

Jorge Mateo smacked an RBI-double in the last of the third to cut the lead to 3-1. Cedric Mullins’ RBI-double later in the inning cut it to 3-2. However one inning later New York would add to their lead on an RBI-double by Trevino, and took a 4-2 lead.

Judge would smack a solo homer in the fifth, his second home run of the game. New York would also tack on two more, including a seventh inning home run by Gallo. But again, these Orioles don’t quit…

Ramon Urias added an RBI-groundout in the sixth. But in the last of the seventh with the O’s trailing 7-3, Anthony Santander hit a three-run homer that may not have landed yet. That cut the lead to 7-6, but end of the day the Orioles just couldn’t make it over the hump, falling to New York by one.

After the game manager Brandon Hyde addressed the fight that he sees in this team:

I feel like the majority of our losses are like this. I’m just proud of our guys. I think that we continue to fight and scrap and claw our way back into games. Sometimes it would get away from us in the past. Our dugout stays into it, and we’re right there.

Quote courtesy of Zachary Sliver, MLB.com

To answer the titular question, I don’t think you can point at this loss and say that the O’s aren’t ready for prime time. They lost a tough game in a close manner – to a World Series contender. And make no mistake, New York was nervous as the ninth inning began. They know this Oriole team’s ability to come back. It didn’t happen last night, but they know who the Orioles are.

The series continues tomorrow at Camden Yards. Jordan Lyles gets the start for the O’s, and he’ll be opposed by New York’s Gerrit Cole. Game time is set for just after 7 PM.

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