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Sunday, December 04, 2022

Sloppy defense beat the Orioles 6-4 to the Royals in the first game of the doubleheader

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The Orioles’ pitching has been surprisingly strong to start this season. It seems that their killings have started to reverse. However, the club’s fielding work is in progress.

A pair of poor defensive innings saw Baltimore open Sunday’s doubleheader after Baltimore lost 6-4 to the Kansas City Royals with two straight games postponed due to rain. Half of Royals’ runs were unearned.

The first of them came in fifth. With the game on, third baseman Bobby Witt Jr – making his first appearance at Camden Yards since going to the Orioles with the first pick of the 2019 draft – worked hard in left field. Kyle Isbell followed with a ground ball to the right, but a rangy grab and spinning throw from second baseman Rugged Odor was ruined when starting pitcher Jordan Lyles was unable to put his foot on first base. He almost made up for it by producing another grounder, but first baseman Ryan Mountcastle’s second hit slammed into Isbell’s helmet, recording a no out and allowing Witt to score and Isbell into third. He came home on Andrew Benintendi’s sacrificial fly.

Lyles did not allow another run when he was out in the eighth, becoming the first Orioles (10–17) starter to record an out in that frame, as John Means played against the Seattle Mariners for more than a year. Was a no-hitter before. But Jorge López allowed the runner he inherited from Lyles to score, tying the game at 4.

Lopez returned in ninth place and recorded the first two outs of the frame, before Odor mishandled a Niki Lopez ground ball. Lopez finished third when Lopez scored a misguided pickoff throw, easily scoring a single from the left of Michael A. Taylor. Kansas City’s lead doubled after two more hits.

a bloom and a bang

How far the two most critical hits of the Orioles had traveled were separated by about 200 feet. Their results were similar.

Mountcastle, who earlier this homestand became the first hitter to clear Camden Yards’ deep and high left side wall, almost did so for the second time in the fifth inning of Sunday’s opener. With Baltimore trailing 3-1, he hit Zack Grinke’s 65 mph curveball into left field at 104.6 mph, a ball that would have been destined to tie the game the previous season. According to Baseball Savant, instead, it rammed into the top of the wall, returned to play and forced Mountcastle to score a run double instead of a two-run home run, with an estimated distance of 407 feet. Was.

Trey Mancini and Benintendi both also hit deliveries that looked to be home runs with old dimensions.

After a two-out walk with a single from Austin Hays to center field, Mountcastle placed his next bat close to the ground in seventh; Mountcastle and Hayes both finished with four hits. Odor then dropped a looping double in left field to score both runners, in which Colin Snyder’s 0-1 slider left Odor’s bat at 71.2 mph and descended 206 feet. As Odor reached third in the play after finishing third, he threw an imaginary grenade toward the Orioles’ dugout.

all four The Orioles’ runs came in doubles, with Cedric Mullins smashing his first run in the second innings over the fence in right-center field.

around the horn

  • Right-hander Travis Lakins Sr., selected after Thursday’s game, was the Orioles’ 27th man for a doubleheader.
  • Logan Allen, a left-hander claiming an exemption from Cleveland, will initially work out of the Orioles’ bullpen, manager Brandon Hyde said. Allen said that Orioles assistant pitching coach Darren Holmes was one of his first coaches when he grew up in North Carolina. “He taught me how to throw a curveball. That’s what I’ve thrown ever since.”
  • In the first game of a seven-inning doubleheader at Bowie, Double-A pitchers Garrett Stallings (six innings) and Morgan McSweeney (one inning) combined for the 11th no-hitter in Bayox history.

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