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Baltimore Orioles: Fifth inning costs Kevin Gausman, Birds

Conditions were about as poor as they could be for the Baltimore Orioles and Kevin Gausman last night as they opened a three-game series with Boston. However keep in mind that the conditions are the same for both teams in games like this. In the NFL they say that the weather is “the great equalizer.” Gausman’s line: 4.2 IP, 3 H, 5 R, 3 BB, 2 K.

The teams ended up sitting through two short rain delays. They were both so short that both teams kept their starters in the game. But none the less the game featured two rain delays and was played under a perpetual threat of rain. At best it was a steady drizzle all night.

Boston took a 1-0 lead in the second on Moreland’s solo homer. However as we know, solo home runs aren’t going to beat you for the most part. And all things being the same, that homer wouldn’t have beaten the Orioles last night. What did beat them was the fifth inning, in which Gausman seemed to lose his command.

Gausman loaded the bases, and then promptly walked in a run by issuing a walk to Bradley. That was followed by an RBI-double by Benintendi, followed up by an infield RBI-single by Martinez. When the smoke cleared Gausman was out of the game and the Orioles trailed 5-0. Afterwards Gausman addressed his command in that fifth inning (quote courtesy of Roch Kubatko, MASNsports):

Just kind of lost the feel for my split. That was the biggest thing, especially to all those lefties. That was the situation. I had so many opportunities to get a ground ball double play, walking three guys at the bottom of the lineup to get to the top. Obviously, not what I’m trying to do there.

Command, or feel for a pitch as Gausman put it, can be a fickle thing. Especially in conditions as such. One moment you have it, and the next moment it’s gone.

But as I said, solo homers aren’t going to beat you. Had the Orioles not given up those five runs in the fifth inning, they might have had a shot at winning. Jonathan Schoop smacked a two-run homer in the last of the eighth to cut the lead to 5-2. The Birds also put a run on the board in the ninth on an RBI-single by Caleb Joseph.

The series continues this evening at Camden Yards (weather permitting). Yefry Ramirez gets the start for the Orioles, and he’ll be opposed by Boston’s Drew Pomeranz. Game time is set for just after 7 PM.

Baltimore Orioles open nine-game interleague stretch

No need to visit the greater Miami area anytime soon, because the Miami Marlins are coming to town to play the Baltimore Orioles! Tonight’s game begins a nine-game stretch for the Orioles where they’ll play exclusively interleague games. However these first three won’t really be a departure from the norm, as the Birds will be at home.

That of course means that Miami’s starting pitchers won’t have to hit, and they’ll get the benefit of a DH. However after an off day on Monday, the Birds will head south to Washington on Tuesday night for three games. The onto Atlanta for three next weekend as well. Obviously in those cases Oriole pitchers will have/get to hit and the Birds will surrender their DH.

I’ve said this before ad hoc, and I’ll say it again; can we please get rid of the DH?! I’m the first one to tell you that the odds are the National League adopting the DH at some point is probably more realistic than the American League doing away with it. However if the game was supposed to be played with pitchers not having to wield the bat, that would have been put into the rules to begin with. The National League game provides for there to be so much more strategy and thinking ahead in games due to the pitcher being in the order. Just my take.

Miami comes in following a 16-inning loss yesterday afternoon to San Francisco at home. In terms of rest, that gives the Orioles a big advantage. they played a much longer game than they expected to play, and then had to fly to Baltimore. This while the Birds were idle yesterday.

The series with Miami in Baltimore begins tonight at Camden Yards. Kevin Gausman gets the start for the Orioles, and he’ll be opposed by Miami’s Jose Urena. Game time is set for just after 7 PM.

Baltimore Orioles: Nothing good ever happens after a walk

The Baltimore Orioles’ current series in Toronto is really a microcosm of the season. The games have all been close, and they’ve all been there for the Birds to win. But each time someone on the other side has wanted it seemingly just a little bit more. Either that, or a mistake here and a mistake there – and before you know it you’ve lost a close ballgame.

Kevin Gausman provided yet another quality start for a team that’s really starting to rack them up. Gausman’s line: 6.2 IP, 9 H, 3 R, 0 BB, 6 K. It’s fair to say that the Orioles’ rotation isn’t fool’s gold per se; they’re actually a good starting staff. And that’s something that should resonate with fans. If they were able to get offensive output consistently, this could be a good team.

Toronto took a 1-0 lead on a Solarte RBI-single in the third. Hernandez would add an RBI-double in the sixth, doubling their lead. But one inning after that the O’s started to fight back. Chance Sisco smacked an RBI-double to cut the lead in half. And Adam Jones finished the job in a sense and tied it with an RBI-single. That briefly got Gausman off the hook for a loss in a game in which he had pitched well enough to win.

However Toronto sees themselves as world beaters when they play the Orioles. Grichuk led off the last of the seventh with a solo homer, giving them the lead back at 3-2. But even in a losing effort ultimately, the O’s did hang in there and fight back again. They loaded the bases in the eighth, only to score a run on a wild pitch.

I said this during Friday’s game, but that right there should tell the Orioles that it pays to get guys on base. It doesn’t matter how you do it, who it is, or heck even which base at which they start off. Just get guys on base however you can. Because one thing can lead to another, and suddenly the bags are juiced. And you end up scoring a run to tie up a game in the later innings on a play such as a wild pitch.

Part of the issue overall is that the O’s are piecemealing runs together. Granted the bases were loaded with two outs, but that would have been an opportunity to tie the game, take the lead, and then take a more commanding lead. Granted the whole just get on base thing is in essence small ball. However when you load up the bases you want to start hitting for power. Heck, or at least hitting for average. All things being equal, had the O’s gotten more than one run in that sequence the game would have ended much differently.

As I said, if you just get guys on base, quirky things can happen. That’s what Toronto did in the tenth inning by loading the bases. And the worst part? The last runner got on via a hit batsman. That gives you no room for error. And true to form, Maile walked with the bases loaded and two outs, giving Toronto a 4-3 victory in extra innings – on a walk off walk.

The O’s will try to salvage one game in the series this afternoon at Rogers Centre. Alex Cobb gets the start, and he’ll be opposed by Toronto’s Marco Estrada. Game time is set for just after 1 PM.

Baltimore Orioles: Kevin Gausman victimized by the big inning

The worst part for Kevin Gausman this afternoon is that the Baltimore Orioles gave him a three-run lead before he even stepped on the mound. Not only could Gausman not hold the lead, but he allowed Tampa to put up a crooked number in the third before leaving the game with two outs (in that third inning). Gausman’s line: 2.2 IP, 6 H, 7 R, 2 BB, 1 K.

Things looked up for the Birds early on. They loaded the bases in the first inning, and took the lead on Chris Davis‘ sac fly-RBI. And incidentally, that came after a decent at-bat for Davis. While he isn’t hitting with the fire and fury that his contract mandates, there are other ways to contribute. He does so defensively game in and game out, and in this case he was able to plate a run for the Orioles – by recording an out.

The Orioles would re-load the bases again in the first inning, and would take a 2-0 lead on a Sisco walk. Craig Gentry‘s RBI-single would then run the score to 3-0. So if you’re at home you’re thinking that things are looking up for the Birds on this day. But it wasn’t to be.

Gausman would start giving runs back almost immediately on a solo homer by Miller. However he was able to get out of the inning without further damage, and he retired Tampa in the second 1-2-3. However Miller would come up again in the third with runners at second and third. And he would deliver a two-RBI double, tying the score at three.

Later in the inning Wendle would smack an RBI-single, giving Tampa the lead at 4-3 – and Wendle went to second on Mancini’s throw. Wendle would later score on an RBI-ground out after moving to third base. And that’s been something that’s plagued the O’s for a long time; guys not hitting the cut off man and trying to throw out a runner that isn’t going to be thrown out 95% of the time. When runners take extra bases on the O’s in situations like that, they almost always find a way to score.

Arroyo would add a two-RBI single before the inning could end, and when the smoke cleared the O’s trailed 7-3. Gomez would smack a solo homer in the seventh for good measure, and the O’s dropped this one 8-3. This game got out of control due to the big inning by Gausman for sure. However it’s not all on him. I mentioned Mancini not hitting the cut off man above; things like that have haunted this team all season. Lack of offensive production has done the same. The O’s couldn’t get anything going after the first inning.

And at the end of the day, you have to just keep grinding. There isn’t much else to say. It’s a long season, and while circumstances beyond their control haven’t been kind to the Orioles to this point, circumstances within their control haven’t been controlled either. And they can start keeping things under control by hitting the cut off man. Now with that said, also keep in mind that those mistakes are done out of wanting to make something happen. Not out of stupidity or lack of talent.

For what it’s worth, the Orioles weren’t thrilled with home plate umpire Mark Wegner’s strike zone for most of the day. There were numerous borderline pitches that they felt went Tampa’s way – whether they were in the field or at bat. Buck Showalter seemed to glare out towards home plate on numerous occasions. While pitch-track technology seemed to back up the Orioles’ point, often times when your pitching staff is struggling you won’t get those calls. Them’s the breaks.

The Orioles now head home to open up a three-game set with the Washington Nationals in the “Battle of the Beltways” on Memorial Day Alex Cobb gets the start for the O’s, and he’ll be opposed by Washington’s Gio Gonzalez. Game time is set for just after 1 PM.

Baltimore Orioles: Sometimes you have to will good things to happen

The Baltimore Orioles probably went into this evening’s game hoping perhaps to win behind Kevin Gausman. The Boston Red Sox went into this evening’s game ready to impose their will in order to win the game. There is a difference. Gausman’s line: 4.2 IP, 8 H, 6 R, 2 BB, 6 K.

Adam Jones made what appeared to be a bid for an early first inning home run. However the Boston defense made a great play, which foreshadowed the entire evening. No matter where the Orioles hit the ball, they were prepared. And when Boston would get someone on first base, it may as well have been a double – because they stole at will against Gausman. They had obviously studied Gausman and his rhythm, and they exploited what they found.

However instead of taking the Jones drive and thinking that Boston’s Price was suseptible on this night, the Birds were unable to do what I described above. In essence, exploit their will. And the result was indicative of that inability.

Boston took an early 2-0 lead on Martinez’s two-run homer in the first. However Gausman would actually settle down a bit, not giving up another run until the fifth on Benintendi’s sac fly-RBI. However later in the inning Bogaerts would effectively end the game, smacking a three-run homer over the Green Monster in left field.

The Orioles would get two back in the ninth on Manny Machado‘s two-run homer, cutting the lead to 6-2. But that was as close as the O’s would get. And as I said, Boston imposed what they wanted to do in this game – and the Orioles allowed it.

Part of how teams like Boston beat you is because you push too hard. Ask Danny Valencia, who smacked a single in the fifth. He was thrown out trying to extend that into a double. And it wasn’t even close. Even when things aren’t going well, when you press even harder you still play right into the hands of your opponents.

Boston had a certain swagger in this game from the outset, which the Orioles have never really had – even when things were going really well. They run to first base as opposed to walking after a base on balls. Now in theory that shouldn’t mean anything; however it probably shows that they want to be out there competing and so forth. Does it mean that the Orioles don’t? I’m not willing to say that, because I’m not in guys’ heads. But again, sometimes you have to will good things to happen.

And take me at my word folks, and don’t read into what I’m saying. I’m not suggesting that the O’s are going through the motions – because they walk to first on base on balls’ or for any other reason. I’m just saying that there’s a certain spring in Boston’s step, for better or for worse. I think that the Oriole players are the ultimate professionals, and I don’t believe that they’re going through the motions per se. But as I said, sometimes you have to will good things to happen.

The series continues tomorrow evening at Fenway Park. Alex Cobb gets the start for the Orioles, and he’ll be opposed by Boston’s Drew Pomeranz. Game time is set for just after 7 PM.

Baltimore Orioles fall in best start of Kevin Gausman’s career

Baltimore Orioles fans were treated to the best start of Kevin Gausman‘s career in Oakland last night. I can’t underestimate how good Gausman was last night. Heck, I’m not sure that his stat line itself does it justice. Gausman’s line: 9.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 6 K.

And it’s interesting; Gausman does have one complete game in his career. He pitched a five inning victory in 2014 that was shortened due to rain. And it went as a complete game. Yet last night was the first time in his career that he had pitched nine innings. And make no mistake, Gausman deserved a better fate. There can be no question.

This was a strange game, and one in fact that the Orioles probably could have lost well before they did. Oakland appeared to hit into an inning-ending double-play in the third, however the trail runner was ruled safe at first base. It appeared from the naked eye that the runner was out, so the first issue was why was he ruled safe?

Replays seemed to show that the Orioles would win this challenge. The runners foot was in the air as the ball hit Kevin Gausman’s glove. Yet the runner was ruled safe for what the umpires in New York called a lack of indisputable evidence that the call on the field was incorrect. Oakland got an extra out, through no fault of the Orioles. But to Gausman’s credit, he immediately got them out of the inning instead of making it into a bigger problem.

But in the fourth inning Manny Machado was caught stealing second. As a result of the fact that the Orioles had used and lost their challenge, they couldn’t ask for instant replay. I’m not sure they would have won that challenge, but it still would have been nice to have had the option to use it.

Yet the Birds left 11 men on base and went 0-for-7 with RISP. So they had opportunities. They just couldn’t make the key hit or drive in the key run. All things being equal, one hit with a runner in scoring position would have given Gausman and the Orioles a win. And Gausman certainly deserved it. Unfortunately it was Oakland who got that big hit, and it came in the form of a walk off two-run homer by Davis in the last of the twelfth.

That homer came off of Pedro Araujo, who was called on to pitch the twelfth. And Buck Showalter addressed after the game why he had a Rule 5 pick in the game at that key moment (quote courtesy of Roch Kubatko, MASNsports):

Darren (O’Day) is down, (Miguel) Castro’s down, (Brad) Brach. Richard’s been in three of the last four days. We get a lot of those short starts. We had our chances to win that game in nine, 10 innings.

“The only way I was going to use Richard potentially was if we went ahead and I was hoping we had enough lead we didn’t have to do that, but it just didn’t materialize. But we get some of the short starts, we get into a situation like this. But we had a lot of chances, not many, but some chances to push across a run if we get a big two-out knock, but I just feel for Gaus. That’s about as good as you can see a starting pitcher pitch.

So having to use multiple relievers early in games back in Anaheim did in fact affect this game. Even still, a lot of fans probably question having a Rule 5 pick in the game in that spot. It’s a fair question to ask, however Showalter’s reasoning is also sound.

Perhaps a bigger concern than the loss was Adam Jones being hit on the wrist late in the game. Jones was in obvious pain, and Showalter announced after the game that he would undergo an X-ray as a precautionary measure. The Orioles hope it’s just sore, but don’t be surprised to see Jones out of the lineup today.

The O’s will try to salvage a win this afternoon at the Oakland Coliseum. Alex Cobb gets the start for the Birds, and he’ll be opposed by Oakland’s Andrew Triggs. Game time is set for just after 4 PM.

Baltimore Orioles: Kevin Gausman shines in sixth straight win

The Baltimore Orioles traveled to Jupiter, FL this afternoon, which is across the state. Call it a “road trip” if you will. Kevin Gausman turned in perhaps his best outing not just of the spring, but since last season. Gausman’s line: 5.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K.

This game was vastly different from when St. Louis visited Sarasota. As you may or may not remember, the Birds surrendered an 8-1 lead that day. However in this instance nobody made it to nine runs. Jonathan Schoop smacked a solo homer in the second inning, giving the Birds a 1-0 lead.

This was the Orioles’ sixth straight victory, however again folks – wins and losses don’t mean anything at this point in the year. However it certainly was a great pitching performance by a staff that’s expected to be beleaguered this year. Not only did they get a good outing out of their starter (Gausman), but they got five quality innings out of him.

While many Orioles regulars (such as the aforementioned Schoop) made the trip with the O’s, OF/DH Mark Trumbo did not. He of course missed a week or so earlier in camp with a strained quad, and is now going for an MRI after feeling discomfort after yesterday’s game. Between Trumbo and Chris Davis (who’s return currently has no timetable), the Birds are at risk for starting the season with much of their power on the bench or DL.

The O’s will remain on the east coast of Florida overnight and will head to Port St. Lucie tomorrow to take on the New York Mets. Andrew Cashner gets the start for the Orioles, and he’ll be opposed by NY’s Jacob DeGrom. Game time is set for just after 1 PM.

Baltimore Orioles: Kevin Gausman shines in near shared spring no-no

The Baltimore Orioles and Kevin Gausman almost had a shared no-hitter this afternoon in Clearwater against Philadelphia. Oriole pitching took the no-no seven and a third innings this afternoon, and it was broken up by none other than Ryan Flaherty, with a base hit. Gausman’s line: 3.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 K.

Nevermind the potential no-hitter, but this was easily the best outing of the spring by any Oriole starter. Gausman faced nine batters, retired them all, and in fact struck out all but one of them. When asked after coming out whether he was happy with the results of the outing, Gausman adamantly said that he was (quote courtesy of Roch Kubatko, MASNsports):

Absolutely. I think anytime you take a step in the right direction is good, especially in spring training. Just to even get up and down three times, that’s a good step in the right direction.

Chance Sisco smacked an RBI-double to the left field corner in the top of the second to give the O’s a 1-0 lead. And that score stood up for quite awhile. After that it was really just pitchers on both sides retiring hitters. Obviously as time went on the game grew a life of it’s own because the O’s hadn’t surrendered a hit.

No-hitters during spring training happen (in fact, Philadelphia threw one a few years ago against the Orioles), but they don’t count towards any statistics in terms of no-hitters in a franchise’s history. Certainly it’s still something on which to hang one’s hat, and obviously the Orioles were hoping that they could close it out. But while this is still spring and you don’t really judge wins and losses, while the game’s going on between the lines you’re certainly trying to win. The O’s still did that today, so that’s to their credit.

Anthony Santander‘s two-run homer in the eighth extended the Orioles’ lead to 3-0. The only downside of the game however was that the Orioles loaded the bases twice in that eighth inning, and only netted one run – on a Susac walk with the bases loaded later in the inning. However the name of this game was pitching, and I think we got a look at some of the pitching depth that the Orioles actually do have in the organization.

Philadelphia did threaten in the last of the eighth, but they couldn’t catch up. A sac fly-RBI and an RBI-double cut the Orioles’ lead to 4-2, however that’s as close as Philadelphia got. At the end of the day the O’s went home to Sarasota with a 4-2 victory – and a near no-hitter.

First baseman Chris Davis underwent an MRI this afternoon on his elbow/forearm area. He’s had soreness there the past few days, and it caused him to DH in the Orioles’ last two home games in Sarasota. This is something to watch, as it would be a major blow to the Birds to have Davis injured and miss any amount of regular season time. The Orioles also announced that they had optioned pitcher Chris Lee to triple-A Norfolk.

The O’s will return to Ed Smith Stadium tomorrow for their first home meeting with the division rival Boston Red Sox. Gabriel Ynoa gets the start for the O’s, and he’ll be opposed by Boston’s Jalen Beeks. Game time is set for just after 1 PM.

Baltimore Orioles: Kevin Gausman injured in Birds’ latest loss

The fact that the Baltimore Orioles fell to Detroit 8-6 yesterday should be of no interest to fans. If anything, the bats showed some promise. However the condition of starter Kevin Gausman should be more concerning. He left the game after pitching 1.1 innings after a freak play. Gausman’s line: 1.1 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 1 BB, 2 K.

Gausman left the game after colliding with a member of the Tigers who was too far out of the on-deck circle while backing up home plate after an RBI-single. Gausman remained on the turf for several minutes. He would later leave Ed Smith Stadium on a cart, but would later return to sit in the dugout.

It appears that Gausman is going to be okay, although it’s unclear whether or not he’ll miss time. However that’s exactly the type of thing that the Orioles need to avoid. Things could go south quickly if their presumed starters have to miss time – even in spring training.

It’s worth mentioning that Gausman was slated to go two innings when he came out for the injury. So he himself could have potentially limited the damage in the game as opposed to five runs scoring in the inning. Gausman was the first to mention however that he could have been sharper in the outing overall. However he did notice that he had some pitches working for him (quote courtesy of Brittany Ghirolli,

I didn’t get a chance to talk to Chance when I came out of the game, but that’s one thing I wanted to ask him. He was calling [the sinker] a lot. Usually when a catcher is calling something, it means you kinda got it that day. He was calling my sinker a lot and calling my slider. Those are the two pitches I’m working on, especially this spring.

The Orioles will travel to Port Charlotte this afternoon to take on the Tampa Rays. Hunter Harvey will make his much-anticipated spring debut for the O’s, and he’ll be opposed by Tampa’s Nathan Eovaldi. Game time is set for just after 1 PM.

Baltimore Orioles: Who starts on Friday? (updated)

With the spring opener now only two short days away, the Baltimore Orioles are turning their attention to the Tampa Rays. Let’s be frank; wins and losses don’t matter at this point. I’m going to say that again for clarity; wins and losses don’t matter at this point. But you play like you practice, so the Orioles owe it to themselves to play hard in these spring games.

So here’s an interesting question: who gets the [Grapefruit League] Opening Day start on Friday? This isn’t the regular season, so it really doesn’t matter. Some might put the newly re-signed Chris Tillman forth as a possible starter. However while he’s the longest tenured Oriole on the pitching staff, I’m not sure he’s been in camp long enough.

I would go with Kevin Gausman as a starter on Friday. Mind you, whomever starts won’t be in the game but for perhaps two or three innings. There have been years where the first turn through the rotation has only seen guys throw one inning. This isn’t the regular season where there’s even a rotation (despite the fact that I used that term a moment ago). It’s just about getting your work in at this point and having a strong spring.

In fact, these games are all but scripted in terms of who pitches and when. Buck Showalter will have a schedule for each game as to who’s pitching that day, how many innings, which innings, etc. And barring an emergency or an incredibly poor performance, most managers will stick to that schedule regardless of what happens in the game. That’s just how it works.

So regardless of whomever gets the starting nod on Friday, it’s not something into which I would read too much. I’m going with Gausman because while I also think he’ll be the Opening Day starter, they’re going to want to get him as much work as possible. This season, and thus this spring, is very important for him – as well as for Dylan Bundy.

Update: I’d like to thank reader CBoemmeljr for the information that Mike Wright will be starting on Friday against Tampa.


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