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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.
It’s pretty tough to blame Chris Davis for the Baltimore Orioles’ woes this afternoon – which is what many fans have been apt to do lately. Davis was on the bench the entire game, getting the day off. While the O’s racked up double-digit hits (13, to be exact), none of those runs crossed the plate. And all but one of those hits was a single, for what that’s worth.
David Hess made the second start of his career, and while he took the loss he looked similar to how he did in his first start. Hess’ line: 4.2 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 2 BB, 4 K. Hess is a guy who pitches-to-contact, which is fine in a sense. However when Boston makes contact, they really make contact. And the bats offensively didn’t do him any favors to say the least.
Boston took the lead in the second inning on a Martinez solo homer, which barely wrapped itself around the Pesky Pole in right field. That’s 303 feet from home plate, and it appeared to travel 303.5 feet. But a homer’s a homer, and Boston had the lead.
And when you hold your opponent to zero runs, that’s really all you need. But the BoSox would get two two-run homers in the fifth inning, which helped do the O’s in. Benintendi smacked the first one, followed later in the inning by Martinez again. And that’s your ballgame, folks.
The Orioles left 14 men on base in the game, which can’t be allowed to continue. There were various points where they had two runners on and were unable to score. Again, that won’t win you any games. Ironically, they even got a hit with a runner in scoring position – and didn’t score a run. That really drives home how inefficient the offense was today.
In general people shouldn’t worry about the bats. This is a team that can score runs in bunches, which is something that we’ve seen – even this year. But it didn’t happen in this game today. And obviously you don’t want to go on another long losing streak.
One thing that does need to happen is that the O’s need to find a way to keep David Hess on the roster and in the rotation. Yes he showed that he could be hurt by the long ball today, but they can work with that. He throws strikes and he has good control. Until he proves or shows that he shouldn’t be in the big leagues, he should remain here.
The O’s now head to the south side of Chicago to open up a four-game set with the ChiSox. Andrew Cashner gets the start for the Orioles, and he’ll be opposed by Chicago’s Hector Santisago. Game time is set for just after 8 PM.
You have to love what David Hess did this afternoon in game one of a doubleheader for the Baltimore Orioles. In his big league debut, Hess only shut Tampa down (after a bit of a rocky start), pitched a quality start, and saved the Oriole bullpen from overuse for game two. Hess’ line: 6 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 0 BB, 3 K.
Unfortunately for Hess, from the outset it looked like he was going to be the one getting gassed. He allowed a couple of base runners, and a three-run homer by Duffy in the third inning. However Hess managed to do what seasoned veterans at times can’t – he centered himself. After that rocky first inning, he settled down and just pitched.
And Oriole bats rewarded him for it. Jonathan Schoop smacked a solo homer to left in the last of the second. Later in the inning Chance Sisco’s RBI-double cut the Tampa lead to 3-2. So the Birds put Tampa on notice right away that they weren’t going away.
But they weren’t done – for the game or that inning. The O’s called for a double-steal later in the inning with runners at the corners. And it was Sisco who scored from third, with a steal of home plate. Tampa challenged the play on the basis that the runner was out at second, however it was upheld. How often do you see a catcher stealing any base, much less home plate?!
One inning later the Birds had the lead for good. Manny Machado’s solo homer gave them a 4-3 lead. But before the crowd could even settle down after that home run, Schoop came back up to bat and hit another one of his own. So it was a two homer game for Schoop, as the Birds went back-to-back.
The O’s would add another run later in the game as Trumbo scored on a wild pitch in the last of the sixth. However the story of the game was David Hess. If you’re going to write a story on how your big league debut will go, you can’t write a better one than that. The question is whether or not Hess stays with the club. Personally I say yes. At the very least I see him staying until Tillman comes back. What happens after that remains to be seen. But all of that is merely my take. He may be on his way back to Norfolk by now for all I know.
The O’s now turn their attention to the nightcap of this doubleheader. Alex Cobb gets the start for the O’s, and he’ll be opposed by Tampa’s May Andriese. Game time is set for approximately 6:10 PM.