David Hess has disastrous first two innings as Orioles lose 10-5 to the Rays

September 09, 2018 - 12:02 am

 

The Baltimore Orioles are on another three-game losing streak as they fall 10-5 to the Tampa Bay Rays on Saturday night. Baltimore struggled offensively, while starter David Hess was abysmal to begin the game. 

Hess allowed five runs in the first two innings, and six in total, but only two of those runs were earned. After an error by Renato Núñez, Mallex Smith was able to reach second, and he eventually scored off of a wild pitch. Overall, the Rays scored four runs in the first inning. 

In the second inning, Joey Wendle hit a groundout RBI to extend Tampa Bay's lead to five. 

The Orioles responded in the third inning with a Jonathan Villar RBI single. One inning later, Nunez hit a two-run homer to cut Tampa Bay's deficit to two.

 

Hess was pulled from the game in the sixth inning after allowing a leadoff double, and Tanner Scott relieved him. After recording one out, Willy Adames scored on a wild pitch. Later in the inning, Wendle hit a sacrifice fly to extend the lead to four. 

Baltimore made one last push in the seventh inning as Villar hit a two-RBI single to bring them within two runs. 

However, the Rays pulled away in the seventh with a three-run inning. Matt Duffy picked up a two-RBI single, while Smith picked up a RBI single as well. 

The Orioles' bullpen struggled in this matchup as they allowed four earned runs in eight innings of work. Scott, Paul Fry, Mike Wright Jr., and Mychal Givens all took the mound on Saturday night. Wright Jr. and Givens were the only pitchers not to allow a run. 

Baltimore will look to avoid the series sweep on Sunday as Josh Rogers will get the start as first pitch is scheduled for 1:10 pm ET.