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Gausman Struggles as Orioles Fall Short to Phillies

July 13, 2018 - 9:16 am

By Joe Schiller

Amid an eight-game homestand, the Baltimore Orioles hosted the Philadelphia Phillies for an unprecedented one-game interleague match up to make up for a rainout in late May.

Making his first career start against the Phillies, Orioles’ starter Kevin Gausman had an outing he’ll want to put behind him. The 27-year old allowed five runs in just five innings and stuck out just two batters as the Orioles dropped a 5-4 decision.

Gausman retired six of the first eight batters but the next three innings proved to be the downfall. Jorge Alfaro, Cesar Hernandez and Odubel Herrera singled in the beginning of the third to load the bases. Carlos Santana and Nick Williams soon delivered, notching an RBI single and fielder’s choice to give the Phillies a 2-0 lead.

Alfaro put on a slugfest for the Baltimore crowd and led the way for the Phillies with three hits and three RBIs. His double and home run extended the lead to 5-0 by the top of the sixth inning. The Orioles recorded just two hits of Nick Pivetta through five innings and the offense was stagnant in the early portions of the game. By that time, there was little-to-no chance to play catch-up ball.

They did fuel a comeback, starting with an RBI single by Manny Machado in the sixth inning, as he continues to bolster his trade value with the deadline ever-so nearing. Trey Mancini made an immediate impact in his return to the lineup and smacked a two-run shot to center field that brought the lead within two. But even a Jace Peterson solo homer in the same inning wasn’t enough.

In a valiant effort, the Orioles came up one run short when they needed it the most. Gausman took the loss on the mound and is 4-7 this season while the Orioles fall to an abysmal 26-68 record.

The MLB All-Star Break couldn’t come soon enough.