Dean Kremer started for the Baltimore Orioles tonight, and odds are he wishes he stayed in the clubhouse. Milwaukee came out swinging, and they used that to their advantage. Kremer’s line: 8 IP, 9 H, 6 R, 5 BB, 2 K.
Just about everything went Milwaukee’s way tonight from the get go. Every bounce, and every turn. Adames smacked a solo homer in the first, and Wiener a two-run shot in the third. Wiemer would come up again in the fourth, producing an RBI-single.
And things snowballed from there. Manager Brandon Hyde was ejected for arguing balls and strikes in the fifth. After the game he said he felt that the strike zone was getting “rather large.” Needless to say, the implication was that Milwaukee got one version of the zone, and the Orioles another.
Perhaps a concerning thing is the number of hits and RBI came from the bottom of the order, as well as with two outs. That’s a huge problem. You can’t allow hits and runs at any point, much less when you’re almost off the hook.
With Milwaukee leading 10-0, the Birds finally got on the board in the ninth. Austin Hays’ RBI-single played a run. Ryan McKenna would later ground into a double-play with the bases loaded, finishing things off at 10-2.
Bruce Zimmerman also did a solid for the Birds, pitching three innings. This saved the Orioles at least one or two relievers. He was able to take the ball from Kremer and run with it to the finish line. Yes in a losing effort, but he bridged the gap and saved the bullpen for tomorrow and this weekend.
The series continues tomorrow at American Family Field. Kyle Bradish gets the start for the O’s, and he’ll be opposed by Milwaukee’s Colin Rea. Game time is set for just after 2 PM.