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Baltimore Orioles: David Hess finishes 2018 strong

Baltimore Orioles fans had to be encouraged by what they saw out of starter David Hess last night – albeit in a losing effort. Hess’ line: 7.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 4 K. And that’s a great manner for Hess to close his rookie season, which of course began back in May when he started the first leg of a doubleheader.

These final outings are important, because one way or the other it’s the lasting memory of this season for all of these guys until they report to spring training next year. Let that sink in for a moment; the next time you’ll see these guys in action will be in the Florida Grapefruit League. And who knows what the roster and/or coaching staff looks like at that point.

The O’s took an early 1-0 lead on Adam Jones‘ RBI-double. That lead held up until the sixth inning, when Hess gave up a solo homer to Reddick. However Hess came back out and pitched an additional inning, ending up non-decisioned on the day. Houston would later take a 2-1 lead on Gonzalez’s RBI-single in the eighth, sending the O’s off to defeat yet again. They almost tied it in the ninth, however a diving catch in center field robbed Nunez of a game-tying hit. I’m not sure how many times I’ve said this, but Houston flat out doesn’t give up.

Manager Buck Showalter spoke after the game, and had many of the same impressions that I expressed here regarding David Hess (quote courtesy of Roch Kubatko, MASNsports):

He was really good. That was fun to watch. It was good to see him end on a good note. I really wanted him to have a good outing. That was good to see. I told him that. I didn’t want to push it any more than that. Anytime you see a young pitcher go against a good team for a third time around the batting order and still be able to get outs, that’s good to see.

Don’t downplay the affect of having an outing like that be the final look a player gets this season. Indubitably Hess will spend a lot of time analyzing his various outings this year in the off season. But when he gets to the end of the line, this is what will cross his mind.

The O’s will have a long day today with a single-admission doubleheader against Houston at Camden Yards. Dylan Bundy gets the start in game on for the O’s, and he’ll be opposed by Houston’s Justin Verlander. Game time is set for just after 4 PM.

Baltimore Orioles: Another valiant losing effort

The Baltimore Orioles seem to be playing New York tough regardless of the circumstances or situation. And given that these two teams will meet 18 times next year, that bodes well for the Birds and their fans. While New York eventually won yesterday afternoon, they probably shouldn’t have had to resort to extra innings to beat a team with 44 wins.

David Hess got the start yesterday, and in essence he threw two bad pitches. Hicks and Voit smacked solo home runs in the second inning to give New York a 2-0 lead. Hess’ line: 5.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 4 BB, 5 K. While he only pitched five innings yesterday, Hess said after the game that he believes that he and the team have improved (quote courtesy of Roch Kubatko, MASNsports):

Overall, I think we’ve improved. You look at where we started when I first came up to where I am now, I think the past month or two, there’s been a lot of improvements and I think that shows with the numbers. But more than anything I think just the overall feel and the comfort that I’ve grown into more out there, I think that reflects and going forward we want to continue to grow in that and be as competitive as possible.

The O’s battled back an inning after those two homers. Cedric Mullins reached on a New York throwing error, allowing a run to score. DJ Stewart‘s fifth inning RBI-single would tie the game at two. And that’s where the score remained…for some time.

The game went to extra innings, and the O’s had a golden opportunity to take the lead in the tenth. The Birds put two runners in scoring position with nobody out. However they also managed to record three consecutive outs without netting a run, keeping the score tied at two.

And unfortunately for the O’s, teams have made a habit of getting fat on what they’ve left behind this season. Especially a good team like New York. One inning later in the eleventh, Hicks’ RBI-double gave New York a walk off 3-2 win in extra innings.

You obviously want to win the game, however the fact is that many of these young players are scrappy guys. They played New York tough, and that bodes well for the Orioles’ future. And that’s what we’ve really been talking about since about May – the future.

The O’s will try to salvage one game in this afternoon’s series finale at Yankee Stadium. Alex Cobb gets the start for the Orioles, and he’ll be opposed by New York’s J.A. Happ. Game time is set for just after 1 PM.

Baltimore Orioles swept out of Kansas City

Baltimore Orioles’ manager Buck Showalter put out a lineup in yesterday’s series finale in Kansas City that would have made a spring training travel roster blush. And I don’t say that to be critical; Showalter had a few players that he wanted to rest due to some nagging injuries. So in effect he had no choice but to put out the lineup that he did. Granted, it didn’t help starter David Hess, who took the loss. Hess’ line: 4.0 IP, 9 H, 5 R (4 earned), 0 BB, 3 K.

As seems to be the pattern, the Orioles actually had the lead early. Jonathan Villar smacked a solo homer in the first inning. But it was downhill from there. Kansas City tied it an inning later on Escobar’s RBI-single. Regardless of who was playing in the game, the Orioles could never recover.

Kansas City would take the lead in the third, on two throwing errors by Hess and an RBI-double. Hess attempted to pick two different runners off, and ended up making errant throws. Runs scored on both plays. As has been stated several times, this Kansas City team doesn’t really take their foot off the gas. They just keep adding on; one run here and another there. When the smoke cleared after nine innings, they had swept the Orioles with a 9-1 victory.

And the aforementioned sequence where Hess committed two throwing errors is classic of how Kansas City wins games (in good seasons or bad). They kind of sit back and take whatever they can. If that’s a sac fly-RBI, they happily take it. If it’s an RBI-single or a run-scoring double-play (no RBI), they take it with joy. If you hand a breaking ball or a fastball leaks back over the middle, they’ll also hit the ball out of the ballpark.

They also bank of teams like the Orioles pushing too hard, and ending up making mistakes. You can certainly excuse David Hess’ errors in this instance because he’s still a rookie and he was trying to make something happen. But that’s a trap into which Kansas City can lull you. And seemingly they’ve done it to the Orioles time and time again since the 2014 ALCS.

This loss probably seals the fact that the O’s will get the top pick in next year’s draft. Granted the Birds could have an amazing September and Kansas City could tank, so you never know. While you never want to be in a position to have the top pick, when the draft comes around it’s certainly a nice luxury.

The Orioles will now head to the west coast to open a three-game set in Seattle. Josh Rogers gets the start for the O’s tonight, and he’ll be opposed by Seattle’s Erasmo Ramirez. Game time is set for just after 9 PM.

Baltimore Orioles been dominated by Toronto since September 16, 2014

David Hess threw a great game in Toronto for the Baltimore Orioles this afternoon. Hess’ line: 7.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 7 K. Hess didn’t give up his first hit until the fifth inning. The issue of course was that the O’s couldn’t score either. Feast or famine.

Unfortunately for Hess, he was tagged with the loss. He gave up a solo homer to Morales in the seventh, giving Toronto a 1-0 lead. And in reality, that’s all they needed. Toronto would put five additional runs on the board in the last of the eighth – three of which came on a three-run homer. Baseball’s a tough game at times.

The Orioles did threaten in this game. They had numerous base runners on base through the middle innings. In the top of the seventh they started the inning with two runners in scoring position and nobody out. Toronto was allowed to pitch out of it. One half inning later of course, Toronto took the lead on the aforementioned Morales homer. I’ve said it all year: your enemies get fa on what you leave behind.

The O’s of course defeated Toronto on September 16, 2014 to win the AL East. That game may well have represented some sort of cosmic shift in the universe. Toronto’s dominated the Orioles since then. It started the following season, which culminated with Toronto de-throning the Orioles as AL East champions by winning the division at Camden Yards.

Regardless of what the Orioles did, Toronto would answer – and in doing so they’d answer bigger and better. The Orioles had what appeared to be a bloop RBI-single this afternoon. Yet the ball was caught by a Toronto fielder in amazing fashion. There’s something about the Orioles that they don’t like, but it brings out the best in them. And it leaves the Orioles apparently powerless.

Their view of the Orioles since that day has also extended off the field, as everyone recalls them trying to bully the O’s into letting them have Dan Duquette. And yet in a situation that seemed to be an obvious case of one team trying to muscle in on the property of another, Toronto still managed to “win” that situation. The Orioles kept Duquette – make no mistake about that. But in doing so they were somehow painted as the villains in a situation where in reality they were the victims.

And that futility against Toronto culminated today, with the Orioles having gone 0-10 at Rogers Centre this year. It’s always been a tough yard for the Orioles to navigate, but it would stand to reason that they could have pulled one game out. So perhaps that’s something that the 2019 Orioles can work on; if they could win a few games in Toronto, their overall record would be marginally better.

Baltimore Orioles: David Hess pitches a quality start in a losing effort

It’s tough to argue with David Hess‘ outing last night in Cleveland for the Baltimore Orioles. Hess’ line: 6.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 4 BB, 3 K. As a starting pitcher your aim is to put your team in a position to win. And Hess did that.

Hess threw one bad pitch, and it ended up in the stands. Ramirez smacked a two-run homer in the last of the first. And in fact, there were a couple of times early when it appeared that this game was going to get away from the Orioles and David Hess. However he was always able to buckle down and find a way to pitch out of trouble. And that’s to his credit.

Hess of course has been getting an extended look this year, even well before the Orioles had committed to rebuilding. His early returns were very position – very similar to last night. However he’s had a few struggles, but nothing that isn’t expected of a young starting pitcher. After a couple of outings there’s a book on you, and professional hitters and hitting coaches are going to figure you out to a degree.

But tonight was definitely a step forward for Hess, albeit in a losing effort. Hess addressed his the opportunity he’s being given after the game (quote courtesy of Roch Kubatko, MASNsports):

Right now, there’s really no question that opportunities are there, so it’s a good opportunity to go out and show what I can do. With the group of guys we have going forward, we’re trying to come together as a team and really find ways to win. So, I think anytime I have an opportunity to contribute to that, it really does mean a lot to be able to do that. Really just going forward that’s what we are looking at.

Trey Mancini would cut the Cleveland lead to 2-1 with an RBI-single in the eighth. But the O’s could only muster the one run, and fell by that 2-1 score. Miguel Castro also pitched to a very strong scoreless outing for two innings in relief of David Hess. And that’s just as important to the rebuilding effort as anything else – including starting pitching. Heck, you could argue that it’s even more important, given the nature of the game nowadays in terms of bullpen use.

The series continues today from Progressive Field in Cleveland. Alex Cobb gets the start for the Orioles, and he’ll be opposed by Cleveland’s Adam Plutko. Game time is set for just after 4 PM.

Baltimore Orioles’ David Hess struggles in Texas

Baltimore Orioles’ fans are going to have to get used to the idea that the rebuilding process is going to be painful. David Hess struggled last night in Texas; as a young starter, Hess is part of the solution – not the problem. And personally I think he has a bright future with the Orioles. That’s just not necessarily evident now, or at least it wasn’t last night in Texas. Hess’ line: 3.1 IP, 5 H, 7 R (5 earned), 1 BB, 4 K.

Texas took an early lead when Odor reached on a Hess error. Hess picked up a comebacker and threw it down the first base line – Odor scored from first. And again, it’s plays like that which Orioles fans will have to get used to. However in fairness, those are the types of plays we’ve seen all season – from proven veterans.

But it was the fourth inning that did in both Hess and the Orioles. In total, Texas smacked three homers. Gallo smacked a two-run shot, Chirinos a solo, and Odor a grand slam. The seven run inning was the end of Hess’ night, and similar to the second inning on Thursday it ended the competitive portion of the night.

The Birds did put a couple of runs on the board. Jonathan Villar (who of course was newly acquired in the trade with Milwaukee) smacked an RBI-single in the fifth that cut the lead to 8-1. Later in the inning Tim Beckham‘s RBI-single cut it to 8-2, and Chris Davis‘ RBI-double an inning later brought the O’s just a bit closer at 8-3. However three add-on runs in the eighth put it away for Texas at 11-3.

Hess of course kind of got off to a poor start with the run-scoring error. And again, it’s plays like that which will become more and more commonplace (more so than we’ve already seen this year) as time goes on. Spring training 2019 is going to be a really important time for this franchise. Hopefully by then there’s a bit more stability in terms of the lineup and in terms of which young guy is playing where. And hopefully some of this stuff gets worked out in Grapefruit League play.

It was good for the Orioles to see Villar contribute in terms of scoring runs. In all of the trades that the Birds made, Villar was the only player who came back that was big league ready. Obviously since then a couple of the other guys have come to the big leagues and contributed, however Villar was already at the major league level. I would expect him to play a big role moving forward – unless he’s traded in the off season in the name of getting even younger.

The series deep in the heart of Texas continues this evening. Dylan Bundy gets the call for the O’s, and he’ll be opposed by Texas’ Mike Minor. Game time is set for just after 8 PM.

Baltimore Orioles: The clutch gene just isn’t there

The Baltimore Orioles had their chances last night against Boston. But they couldn’t convert a key bases-loaded situation (with one out) in the seventh into anything. The O’s were unable to get a quality start in this case out of David Hess, who struggled a bit against a talented Boston lineup. Hess’ line: 3.1 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 4 BB, 2 K.

A few years ago this team was as clutch as they come. But the makeup of the roster is different now. But if you’re going to beat talented teams such as Boston, you have to take advantage of those situations. Instead, the Orioles worked right into Boston’s hands and allowed them to get right out of that situation.

The O’s did have an early lead on a Joey Rickard homer in the first. However Boston immediately came back and took a 2-1 lead on a Devers two-run homer. One inning later Benintendi added a solo shot, and the Birds trailed 3-1.

However the Orioles did try to piecemeal a rally together. Danny Valencia smacked an RBI-single in the third which cut the lead to 3-2.  However the fourth inning did Hess and the Orioles in. With the bases loaded, Benintendi drew a walk which extended the lead to 4-2. To top it off, Miguel Castro was later called for a balk which ran it to 5-2.

And I’ll be honest; I didn’t think there was much of a balk in the move that Castro made. On top of that, it also appeared that Boston hitters got a few breaks on borderline pitches that could have been strikes. Point being, that would have been a perfect opportunity for a manager like Buck Showalter to “voice his displeasure” with some of that. If that means getting ejected, so be it. That didn’t happen. In fact, Castro didn’t even say much about the balk, although his body language said he didn’t agree with it (as did Showalter’s).

I thought that was curious to say the least. Again, I didn’t see much of a balk on that play. In fact, Castro leads the league with three balks. Was that a case of an umpire reading a scouting report? It just seemed very strange, but the Orioles’ reaction seemed stranger.

Vasquez would add an RBI-single for Boston in the fifth, which preceded the Orioles’ bases-loaded situation in the seventh. You absolutely have to take advantage of those situations against any team. Especially a good team when you’re struggling. But Boston pitching was allowed to induce a Mancini strikeout and a Schoop pop out, and on we played.

Mark Trumbo‘s two-RBI double in the last of the ninth closed the gap to within 6-4, but that’s as close as the Orioles were going to get. And again, they had opportunities. But that’s what good teams do – they not only win when they aren’t playing their best, but they rise up and take it from you.

To make matters worse, Andrew Cashner (who was to have started this afternoon’s series finale), was sent to the 10-day DL with a strained muscle in his lower back. He’ll have an MRI today. The Orioles have called up Yefry Ramirez from the minors to make the start in this afternoon’s game in place of Cashner.

The series concludes this afternoon at Camden Yards. The aforementioned Yefry Ramirez will get the start and make his big league debut for the Orioles, and he’ll be opposed by Boston’s Chris Sale. Game time is set for just after 3 PM.

Baltimore Orioles: At least David Hess didn’t take the loss

The Baltimore Orioles dropped yet another game that they had no business losing. The only saving grace is that rookie starter David Hess didn’t take the loss, as he ended the night with a no decision. However you can’t waste outings like that out of a rookie pitcher. Hess is quietly having a great rookie season, but the O’s are getting nothing to show for it. Hess’ line: 6.0 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 4 K.

The O’s took an early 1-0 lead on a Machado sac fly-RBI, but of course Toronto tied it on a Granderson solo homer in the last of the first. The story of the Orioles’ season thus far has been people basically saying anything you can do I can do better. And thus far at least for the Birds that’s unfortunately been the case.

This game was a pitcher’s duel for most of the night, with Hess and Toronto starter Garcia matching one another most of the way. It was only after Garcia left the game that things got pumping for Oriole bats. Austin Wynns smacked his first big league home run in the seventh to put the Orioles in the lead at 2-1. One inning later the O’s also got solo homers from Danny Valencia and Mark Trumbo, and they took what appeared to be a commanding 4-1 lead late in the game.

I say a “commanding” lead because in a pitcher’s duel if someone suddenly smacks three home runs that appears to be the death blow. But for this Orioles team the only death blow comes in the form of 27 outs. And those final three outs are tough to come by.

Brad Brach came in for the save in the last of the ninth, and promptly put two runners on base. Grichuk’s two-RBI double cut the Orioles’ lead to 4-3. But by that point it was fairly clear that Brach didn’t have his good stuff, and the Birds were on the ropes. Pillar’s RBI-single later in the inning tied the game at four – and we played on…for one more inning. Diaz’s RBI-single in the tenth won it for Toronto.

That’s a game on the road against a divsion foe, who I might add hates you just for being you. You had a three-run lead going into the ninth inning – it’s a game that you have to win at that point. Losing a game in that fashion is akin to having the lead in a football game late and your running back coughs the ball up going in to score a TD that would have iced the game.

David Hess will have days as a big leaguer that won’t be as good as this one. He’ll have days where he’s off his game and can’t get his fastball over for a strike. Yet on this day he was great, and walked away with nothing to show for it. The silver lining for the Orioles offensively however was that they got a homer out of Mark Trumbo. If perhaps his bat is coming to life that could mean good things ahead for the Birds in terms of run support.

The series continues this evening at Rogers Centre. Andrew Cashner gets the start for the O’s, and he’ll be opposed by Toronto’s J.A. Happ. Game time is set for just after 7 PM.

Baltimore Orioles: Another quality start wasted

The Baltimore Orioles got their second quality starts in as many games against Washington this evening – this time from rookie David Hess. However the result was the same as it was with Bundy last night: an Orioles’ loss. Yet again. And this one stings just a bit more, because Hess was REALLY good. Hess’ line: 6.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 2 K.

Hess pitched-to-contact all night. And save for one pitch, he did it masterfully. He surrendered a solo homer to Harper in the third inning. That’s the only bad pitch he made. However Oriole bats have put this team in the position whereby their pitchers can’t give up even one bad pitch. Because it cost them the game.

Washington would nab their second run off of an RBI-single by Soto in the seventh. And THAT folks, is your ballgame. Or was it?

The Orioles put two runners on with nobody out in the last of the ninth. In fact, Adam Jones reached on a miscommunication by the Washington infield and outfield as a ball dropped in. If there’s ever a moment to make an opponent pay for a mistake, the ninth inning is a good time to do it. However in the end, it was predictably the O’s who ended up paying.

Craig Gentry was the lead runner at second base, and the Birds had Machado coming to the plate with nobody out. A home run would have won the game. Yet inexplicably, Gentry took off for third base. And on top of that, it was a tentative attempt to steal as it was. Gentry was thrown out in the subsequent rundown, which in essence ran the Orioles out of the inning.

First off let’s not blame the loss on Craig Gentry. That was an incredibly bone headed move, and the fact is that you really can’t explain it. All you can say is that he either did it on his own, or he misinterpreted a sign. In fact, you hope that it was something with the sign, because that at least is a rational explanation. If he just randomly decided to take off on his own with Machado representing the winning run at the plate, one has to question his baseball savoir faire.

The Orioles however lost this game because they couldn’t solve Washington’s Scherzer; NOT because of Craig Gentry’s horrible decision. That one thing unfortunately stood out, however it didn’t lose the game for the O’s. It may have aided in them not coming back to win it, however.

Ironically, as much as I talk about not trusting youth in games, it’s plays like that which I envision. I’d rather not have to deal with boneheaded plays like that, and in my antiquated mindset it’s young players who are going to make those types of mistakes. Gentry’s been a big leaguer since 2009. So that type of play is pretty tough to swallow.

The Orioles will now open a four-game set with the New York Yankees tomorrow night. Andrew Cashner gets the start, and he’ll be opposed by New York’s Sonny Gray Game time is set for just after 7 PM.

Baltimore Orioles, David Hess gas Tampa again

David Hess got to face the same team tonight for the Baltimore Orioles that he faced in his big league debut. However this was a Tampa Rays team that changed a bit due to a flurry of trades consummated just prior to first pitch. But either way the result was the same, as Hess gassed the Tampa Rays. Hess’ line: 6.2 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 3 K.

For once, we saw the Orioles taking outs away from an opponent, and even getting one back in a sense. With two outs in the first inning Jonathan Schoop struck out but reached on a pass ball. Danny Valencia proceeded to smack an RBI-single, giving the O’s a 1-0 lead.

But in the last of the first Hess picked a runner off second base. If you’re keeping track at home, that’s one out taken away on the base paths. And keep in mind, runners at second base aren’t picked off easily. The Orioles also gunned runners out trying to steal in the second inning and the fourth. So again if you’re keeping track at home, there are three outs taken away by the Orioles on the base paths.

The Birds also got an insurance run in the sixth when Schoop blasted a solo homer deep into the left field grandstand. And that’s your ballgame – in terms of scoring. However the story of the night was Hess. This is a guy who came through the Orioles’ organization and worked hard to get to the big league level. And that work is now really paying off, both for Hess and for the organization.

And we’re starting to see the Orioles take advantage of the opportunities with which they’re presented in games. Yesterday they faced a starter in Giolito who was off-kilter from the beginning. The Orioles jumped on that, and chased him after recording only four outs. Tonight they not only took advantage of opportunities they were given in the game (such as Schoop getting on base in the first inning), but they took opportunities away from Tampa.

In a game that ended 2-0 if you can record three outs on the bases as the Orioles did that’s a huge deal. In effect, they took an entire inning away from Tampa. Small plays in games like those do matter.

The series continues tomorrow afternoon at Tropicana Field. Andrew Cashner gets the start for the O’s, and he’ll be opposed by Tampa’s Ryne Stanek. Game time is set for just after 4 PM.

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