The Baltimore Orioles called Tyler Wells up from the IL last night, and are expecting him to be in the starting rotation for the rest of the season. He wasn’t in the game for long against Toronto last night, but he did start. Wells’ line: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 1 K.
Wells was obviously on a pitch count, as he was told late Tuesday night that he was coming back up off the IL:
Ryan Mountcastle smacked an RBI-double in the last of the first to give the O’s a 1-0 lead. He scored Anthony Santander, who went from first to home on the play. The Orioles have been getting great base running the past couple of months, which I suspect is a huge part of their success.
Unfortunately however, that was the only time an Oriole would cross the plate. Dean Kremer followed Wells to the mound, and was the victim of some bad luck in the fifth inning. Toronto had tied the score in the second on a fielder’s choice. They did it again in the fifth, taking a 2-1 lead.
Kirk added an RBI-single later in the inning. Again, there’s some luck involved in this. It was an infield single to Rougned Odor. However the angle wasn’t such that Mateo had enough time to turn a double-play and end the inning. So instead, it pushed a run across.
Further compounding Kremer’s and the Orioles’ misfortune was that Adley Rutschman tried to throw behind a runner at first later in the inning. But it was an errant throw, allowing another run to score. And the Birds ended up falling, 4-1. They dropped three-of-four to Toronto, and sit 4.5 games out of a playoff spot.