Despite David Hess' strong outing, Orioles fall 2-1

September 28, 2018 - 11:58 pm

 

In a season where not much has gone right for the Orioles, it is important to look for the positives. One of the most encouraging signs this season has been the resurgence of David Hess.

In his last two starts, Hess has totaled 12 innings and only allowed seven hits and three runs. Against the Astros on Friday night, David Hess was dominant. He went seven innings allowing one earned run. He had good command on his pitches, and he was able to strike out four batters. 

Despite getting five hits off of Houston starter Gerrit Cole, Baltimore only totaled one run. As a team, the Orioles were 1-for-4 with runners in scoring position. Adam Jones hit an RBI-double in the first inning to get Baltimore on the board.

Houston responded in the sixth inning with a Josh Reddick solo run, which ended Hess' streak of four consecutive retired batters.

Hess walked two batters in the seventh inning, but he was able to get out of the jam with a groundout. One inning later, Tanner Scott took over for Hess, and he struggled. Scott had poor command as he walked two straight batters. A couple of batters later, Marwin González hit an RBI single, which gave the Astros the 2-1 lead. Ryan Meisinger relieved Scott, and he ended the eighth inning with three pitches.

Mychal Givens took the mound in the ninth inning after a three up, three down inning for Baltimore, and he produced a quick one-two-three inning. The Orioles were unable to produce a run in the ninth despite having a runner on second with two outs. 

Baltimore will prepare for a doubleheader on Saturday, but neither game will be easy as the Astros will start Justin Verlander and Dallas Keuchel.