Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Another deserving pitching effort goes by the wayside as the Orioles lose to the Twins, 2-1.

It has been the same for Orioles before, even if it is just a small sample size. When an innings looks promising on the plate, there have been few examples of that promise turning into runs, and it continued on Monday night against the Minnesota Twins at Camden Yards.

There were few opportunities as they were. But with the runners on the corners with a dismissal in the sixth inning, when a run short of a run seemed attainable, a soft bouncing ball off first baseman Ryan Mountcastle’s bat ended it just as fast – to retire. Secure a double game side and Minnesota’s final 2-1 victory.

As lively as Sunday’s series-winning win against the Boston Red Sox – the Orioles scored a season-high nine – the offense didn’t carry over into the four-game series opener with the Twins. There were signs, such as a third from the second baseman’s rough smell, but they turned out to be nothing strong.

It is not unique though. And even as right-hander Tyler Wells set up a promising table, a lack of production doomed Baltimore (8-15) to start the series.

“We had really good batsmen, really the first half of the game,” said manager Brandon Hyde. “Just not much – nothing fell for us in there. But we bowled the ball, we prepared a bunch.”

Wells blew through the first three innings on a combined 25 pitches, riding four-seam fastballs and curveballs to force weak contact. None of the first seven batsmen sent the balls off the field, and none reached base until first baseman Luis Arez singled out in the fourth.

It was the first sign of trouble for Wales, who needed 26 pitches to trap the two runners in the fourth. While Hyde said before the game that Wales would rarely reach five innings after the Tommy John surgery boundary, he returned to fifth place with 51 pitches.

A double from designated hitter Trevor Larnach and an RBI single through catcher Ryan Jeffers on consecutive pitches wiped out the threat before a double play to the Twins on the board and ended Wales’ night on 62 pitches. He allowed four hits and scored four runs in five innings.

“We need Tyler for this year, and so that’s the challenge, honestly,” Hyde said. “I don’t want to get him out, but it’s a challenge right now. He got in five innings and got him out of the game.”

It was another strong performance from Wales, even though their pitch restrictions put pressure on the bullpen. Nevertheless, he completed his third straight start without scoring a batsman; Only two pitchers who entered the league on Monday conducted walk-less streaks of three games or more.

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“I don’t like people walking around. I don’t like giving freebies,” Wells said. “There is a time and place for people to pitch in, given the situation or their streaks, but I don’t hold back. I’m gonna, I won’t let people come on Aadhaar for free and won’t be competitive.”

Sunday’s six-inning outing from right-hander Jordan Lyles against the Red Sox had the bullpen almost fully stocked – and, as has been a theme this season, that bullpen kept Baltimore in the game.

According to FanGraph, the Orioles’ bullpen finished second among the majors in a win above the replacements who entered Monday. In addition to an RBI single from shortstop Carlos Correa to drive in center fielder Byron Buxton, the bullpen allowed three hits in four innings. Right-hander Felix Bautista’s 1 2/3 innings was different, as he dismissed two batsmen while allowing one hit.

“I think we’re going to start seeing some triple points as the season progresses,” said left-hander Paul Fry. “The guy just attacks the zone, so I think whenever you’re facing him, it’s going to be a tough batting line-up.”

But that pitching was the bright spot for the Orioles team, which otherwise lacked the offensive spark.

The Elrods Corner presence made itself felt — literally — for the first time this season, when the Twins stunned fielder Nick Gordon as he slid into a left-center field angle while chasing a fly ball from Odor Was. It turned into a third, and Ramon Urius immediately knocked out the scent with a sacrificial fly.

Beyond that bounce, however, there was little life for the Orioles on the basepath, as they finished with four hits. He trapped four runners, hit 0-for-2 with the runners in the scoring position and left a declared crowd of 7,427 – the smallest at Camden Yards this season – to wake them up.

And it combined to create a result that has been seen so often this year: a worthy pitching attempt went unsupported, resulting in another close loss.

“Just can’t get it to fall over now,” Hyde said.

Mancini still out with pain in ribs

Trey Mancini knew right away that something was amiss. Chasing a ball, he hit a wall on Friday, and soon his ribs began to bark. After watching the tapes back, he saw the issue more clearly.

“I think I elbowed myself by going into the wall,” Mancini said Monday afternoon. “I knew I hurt it. I stayed the rest of the game, but I woke up a few days ago and it was tough. I’ve never really done anything for my ribs. It felt like an honest stab at me.” being stabbed.”

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Mancini missed his third straight game with that rib injury, although he said all tests came back negative. At this point, Mancini said it’s all about pain management. He thought he’d be available on Monday at a bigger spot off the bench, but he didn’t.

In the past, however, Mancini could not think of playing.

“It was to the point where breathing in, sneezing, coughing, it was very painful,” Mancini said. “But today it has improved.”

Without Mancini in the lineup, Tyler Nevin moved into the designated hitter role.

cutdown

Hyde said he would remember what Ryan McKenna brought to the outfield as a defensive replacement. But when deciding who to demote to reduce the 28-man roster to 26 by Monday’s deadline, the calculus coming to McKenna will add to the versatility of other players and the 25-year-old to get more regular play time. desire was involved.

Hyde said before the game, “We thought it was more important … for him to go to bat and play consistently.” “with and [Austin] hes, [Cedric] Mullins and [Anthony] Santander remains healthy, some in the tray outfield too, [Nevin] Probably playing in some corner, we thought it was the most important thing for him and his career to bat as much as possible and I am sure you will see him here soon. ,

To reach the required number of players, the Orioles also named third baseman Calvin Gutierrez for Monday’s assignment. They stuck with 14 pitchers for some time, giving them more flexibility in the bullpen, even if it limited Baltimore to a three-man bench.

Gutierrez was the “weird guy” at the infield after a .143 debut at the plate. Named Gutierrez opened up a spot on the 40-man roster that could be filled later this month if Baltimore decides to hold on to baseball’s top prospect in the big leagues, Adley Ratsman.

“Flexibility is extremely important on your roster,” Hyde said. ,[Nevin] Both corners can play. He can play both corner, infield and outfield. He has done so. So I drove him a lot in spring training, did he play everywhere. [Chris Owings] Have played virtually everywhere in the big leagues except first base and catcher. I am comfortable keeping it anywhere. Being able to play in multiple positions is a big deal these days. ,

Twins @ Orioles

Tuesday, 7:05 pm

TV: Masan

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