Orioles lose in second half opener

July 13, 2019 - 10:46 am

By: Gabrielle DiPaula

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BALTIMORE - It was game one of the second half of the baseball season.  The Orioles are three games ahead of where they were last year.  Renato Nunez has hit 20 home runs for the Orioles this season.  Boog Powell and Manny Machado are the only two Orioles that are 25-or-younger with 20 home runs.  

The Rays are now 6-3 in the matchup against the Orioles this season.  

Brandon Hyde said before the game that he is looking for players to improve in the second half of the season.  

The first inning was not what Dylan Bundy and the Orioles were hoping for.  A 35-pitch inning allowed seven runs, a season high, put the Rays a head.    

After Bundy's seven-run inning, Gabriel Ynoa came to the mound.  Nate Lowe, who had a double in the first inning, smacked a two-run home run giving the Rays a larger lead, 9-0.  Two-fly outs later, and the inning was over after 13 pitches.

With two outs in the third inning, came up Rio Ruiz.  Ruiz lined one to left field, and he was able to reach third base.  Following Ruiz came another line drive by Jonathan Villar to left field, sending Ruiz home with the Orioles finally on the board, 9-1. 

The Rays kept moving.  With two men on base in the fourth inning, Avisail Garcia grounded into a double play, while Yandy Diaz scored, making it now 10-1.

A home run by Renato Nunez put another run for the Orioles on the board for the second time, 10-2.  

After a quiet sixth inning came a destructive seventh inning.  There was one out and the bases were loaded.  Back-to-back ground balls put four more runs on the board and the rays leading 14-2.  Asher Wojciechowski stepped on the mound to attempt to get the birds out of the inning. One wild pitch and a line drive later put two more runs on the board, now 16-2.  

Miguel Castro was fourth pitcher the Orioles used Friday night.  Castro made it a short inning with 14 pitches and four batters.  

Stevie Wilkerson was not in the lineup Friday night, but he did make an appearance on the mound, pitching for the Orioles in the ninth inning Orioles.  Wilkerson retired the side with help from the outfield. Two fly outs to left field and a running catch by center fielder, Keon Broxton, ended the inning.  The Orioles tried to put up a couple more runs to finish the game.  Broxton was hit by a pitch, and Chance Sisco walked putting two men on base, with no outs.  A RBI-double by Nunez put the Orioles on the Board and Broxton safely home, making it 16-3.  A sac-fly to right field by Chris Davis sent the last run of the game home, which was now 16-4.

At the conclusion of the game, Hyde said that Bundy had knee soreness, which was why they did not bring him back in for the second inning. Orioles play the Rays in a double-header Saturday.  Aaron Brooks will take the mound in the first game, and all star John Means in the second game.  

Rehab Update: Nate Karns allowed three runs, two hits, and three walks in just 2/3 of the first inning in his first rehab game with the Frederick Keys Friday night.