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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.

Baltimore Orioles’ double-digit hits equals no runs

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.

Baltimore Orioles, David Hess gas Tampa in game one of twin bill

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.

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