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Baltimore Orioles: David Hess knocked around in Birds’ loss

David Hess had about as tough a day today for the Baltimore Orioles as any pitcher is going to have. Regular season game, exhibition game – ultimately it doesn’t matter. Going into today’s game it appeared that Hess was looking at a rotation slot. I have to assume that’s still in play, however Hess didn’t do himself any favors today. Hess’ line: 2.2 IP, 9 H, 9 R, 0 BB, 3 K.

Before you could blink, Hess had given up nine runs. They came on a plethora of homers, singles, and doubles. All in all, not a good day for David Hess. For Hess’ sake, he has to attempt to shake it off. If he does, he’s probably still in line for a rotation spot. However for the crew who says Hess is washed up, keep in mind that pitchers are going to have days like this. Over the course of a season a pitcher’s going to have ten good starts, ten bad starts, and ten in between. The season hasn’t started yet, but this would go in the bad category (if the regular season had already started).

But all wasn’t lost for the Orioles. They battled back, and that’s been a staple of this Oriole team this spring. Regardless of home or away, or who’s in the game, these guys have battled and have never given up.

Rio Ruiz‘s RBI-single in the fourth got the Birds on the board. Later in the inning Joey Rickard‘s two-RBI double cut the Minnesota lead to 9-3. As I said, these guys flat out haven’t ever given up. That’s the type of character you want as part of your team and organization.

Trey Mancini would score from third in the fifth on a wild pitch, and Rickard would later smack another RBI-single, cutting the Minnesota lead to 9-5. Joey Rickard had three RBI on the day, once again making his own case to be a part of the big league roster. However that aside, the Birds found themselves to within 9-7 in the sixth after Drew Jackson‘s two-run homer.

However unfortunately for the Orioles, one inning later Minnesota extended it’s lead to 12-7. This following back-to-back homers, the first of which was a two-run shot. The Orioles would tack on two runs late, however while they battled and valiantly forced themselves back into the game, it wasn’t their day. And they fell 12-9 to Minnesota.

The Orioles will head to Dunedin Stadium tomorrow to take on Toronto. Alex Cobb gets the start for the Birds, and he’ll be opposed by Toronto’s Sam Gaviglio . Game time is set for just after 1 PM.

Baltimore Orioles: David Hess appears rotation-bound but Birds fall to New York

Following the Baltimore Orioles’ “B team” defeating Tampa 17-15 earlier in the day, the “A team” took on New York under the lights at Ed Smith Stadium. And before us we see the stretching out of David Hess, who drew the starting assignment, and could be penciled in as a back end starter for the Birds at this point. Hess’ line: 3.1 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 0 BB, 3 K.

Despite the two runs surrendered, Hess looked good. His fastball had good zip and his breaking pitches were dropping in for strikes. The idea was for Hess to pitch four full innings, however he was lifted early due to an elevated pitch count. Hess on his outing (quote courtesy of Roch Kubatko, MASNsports):

I think there were some good things to take away from it. Anytime you lead off the game with a double like that and limit it to one run, that’s a good way to go about that. But I think there were a lot of positives to build off and some things to work on, as well.

New York got on the board immediately in the first inning with a sac fly-RBI by Sanchez. That came after the runner took third base on a medium depth pop fly – just a reminder to the O’s that teams are going to keep the pressure up, even in these spring games. Bird’s RBI-single in the fourth inning closed the book on Hess, and gave New York a 2-0 lead.

Richard Bleier pitched the fifth inning for the O’s, his first game action since injuring his lat last season. The big news is that he got into a game. However he probably deserved a better fate, as NY out three runs up against him. However one came on a throwing error, which also allowed the runner to go to second base. The second came on a subsequent RBI-double, and the third came on a bizarre play in which the ball bounced off home plate, and through the wickets of two Oriole infielders into left field for an RBI-single.

This left the O’s trailing 5-0, with the eventual final being 6-1 (in favor of New York) after an Aguilar solo homer in the ninth. The Birds would eventually get on the board with a solo homer in the last of the ninth by J.C. Escarra.

Regarding Richard Bleier, the stat line could obviously be better. But again the win for Bleier and for the organization was that he got into the game at all. And he pitched much better than the numbers indicate. It just shows how fickle stats themselves can be (especially in the spring) as a pitcher, as you’re only as good as the defense behind you at times.

The home standing Orioles will remain at Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota tomorrow afternoon as the Philadelphia Phillies come to town. Josh Rogers gets the start for the O’s, and he’ll be opposed by Philadelphia’s Aaron Nola. Game time is set for just after 1 PM.

Baltimore Orioles win a battle of crooked numbers (updated)

David Hess looked decent for the Baltimore Orioles in his first spring start this afternoon. Hess’ line: 2.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 0 K. It’s tough to judge anything based on two innings. Hess on his outing (quote courtesy of Steve Melewski, MASNsports):

Felt like, all things considered, it was a pretty good start. Getting out there for the first time and getting the rust off, in a sense. I left a two-seam over the middle. Obviously, the home run wasn’t ideal. Felt like I got a lot of soft contact today and made some good pitches and they couldn’t put the bat on a couple of them. All in all, it was a pretty good start to spring training.

Hess did load the bases in the first inning, and was able to pitch out of it. I always say that the nature of the position (pitcher) is that you’ll get yourself in trouble. If you can get yourself out of trouble, you’re in good shape.

Luckily for Hess and the Orioles, the bats came around almost immediately just as they did yesterday. Rio Ruiz smacked a three-run homer in the last of the first to give the O’s a 3-0 lead. However unlike yesterday’s game against Minnesota, Toronto wasn’t looking to roll over.

They got on the board in the second on a wind-aided solo homer by Pompey (the only run Hess surrendered). In the third they cut the lead to 3-2 on Gurriel’s RBi-double, tied it on Guerrero’s RBI-single, and then took the lead on Smith’s two-RBI single. All of those runs were charged to Tanner Scott, who struggled in his short time in the game.

But the O’s weren’t about to be outdone. They cut it to 5-4 in the last of the fourth on Austin Hays‘ RBI-single. Later in the inning Carlos Perez‘s two-RBI double gave the Birds the lead back at 6-5. (Perez was thrown out at third trying to extend it into a triple.) And the Birds never really looked back – although Toronto rallied again.

The O’s would also get an RBI-single by Cael Brockmeyer, an RBI-groundout by Christopher Bostick, and an RBI-single by Stevie Wilkerson in the last of the seventh. Toronto would get rally however in the top of the eighth on a solo homer by Cantwell, an RBI-HPB awarded to Knight, and an RBI-single by Fields. This left the score at 9-8. Maryland native Branden Kline sent Toronto down 1-2-3 in the ninth to preserve the win and record the save.

Not every game is going to be clean and easy in a sense. Especially in the Florida Grapefruit League. So while so many different players come through these games, all of whom are trying to do different things and so forth, it was good to see the Birds collectively win a game like this. Especially with Toronto making a late charge, only to have the ‘pen shut them down 1-2-3.

During the third inning of the game the Orioles announced that they had traded for RHP David Lebron from the Texas Rangers – in exchange for international signing bonus slots. The 25-year old Homestead, FL native has pitched one minor league season, split between two levels. While he has no won/loss record, he does have an ERA of 1.31. He’s appeared in ten games and has never surrendered a home run.

The Orioles will hit the road for the first time this spring tomorrow as they head to CenturyLink Sports Park to take on Minnesota. Nate Karns gets the start for the O’s, although at this point Minnesota has not announced a starter. Game time is set for just after 1 PM.

Update: Jose Berrios will start for Minnesota tomorrow against the O’s.

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.

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