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Orioles bats fall victim to Glasnow again as Rays win 7-0

Baltimore now 3-11 at Camden Yards this season

May 04, 2019 - 12:29 am
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By Jake McDonnell

On April 16, Rays starter Tyler Glasnow limited the Orioles to two runs over seven innings in a 4-2 Tampa Bay win. Gasnow, a day after being named the American League Pitcher of the month, was even better on Friday night at Camden Yards. He threw 92 pitches, 62 for strikes over seven shutout innings. He only allowed three hits and fanned eight Orioles batters on a night where Baltimore baserunners failed to reach second base.

Glasnow’s dominant performance on the mound earned him his sixth win of the season, and he has yet to hold a single loss on his record. Casey Sadler picked Glasnow up over the final two innings, allowing two hits with two strikeouts.

Back-to-back first inning doubles by Brandon Lowe and Tommy Pham got the Rays on the board before Orioles starter Dan Straily recorded his first out. In what was otherwise an underwhelming start for Straily, the veteran right-hander impressed in the second inning when he prevented Kevin Kiermaier from scoring after the center-fielder tripled to lead off the frame.

After two scoreless innings on the bump, Straily’s start unraveled in the fourth when Mike Zunino took the first pitch of his second at-bat over the left-centerfield wall for a three-run home run. Then the Rays loaded the bases with singles from Willy Adames and B. Lowe and a walk issued to Pham. Ji-Man Choi’s sacrifice fly-out scored Adames for the fourth Tampa Bay run of the inning.

Orioles manager Brandon Hyde let Straily finish the fourth inning but pulled him with one out in the fifth.

“I think he’s in a good routine right now, I just think that it wasn’t his night tonight,” Hyde said after the game on MASN and also on The Fan. “Wasn’t sharp as he would have liked...just wasn’t working out for him, but I think he’s built up to pitch every five days.”

Over four and a third Straily allowed five runs on nine hits, three walks, and two strikeouts. His ERA over 23 innings stands at 7.43, having allowed eight home runs with 11 strikeouts.

“Some bad, some good,” Straily said, referencing his first five Orioles starts. “Some frustrating days for myself for sure. I feel that I’m not putting up the numbers that I’m used to up there, in terms of innings, especially for my team. That’s something that I need to turn around here really quickly."

Due to the lack of pitching depth in the Orioles organization, there’s a spot in the rotation for Straily right now. But if these short performances continue, some young arms in the organization are bound to get a phone call from the big league club.

Yefry Ramirez took over for Straily and ended up going the final 4.2 innings. Ramirez walked Adames and B. Lowe to begin the sixth inning, and both runners scored on singles from Pham and N. Lowe. Even though Ramirez surrendered two runs off three hits and three walks, he did strike out five and force three separate double plays that ended innings.

The second contest in this three-game series gets underway at 7:05 p.m. tomorrow night at Camden Yards. The pitching matchup features Dylan Bundy (0-4, 6.67 ERA) vs. opener Ryne Stanek (0-1, 2.81 ERA). Additionally, the Orioles will celebrate a Star Wars theme night for "May the 4th be with you". All fans who purchase tickets to the game will receive a Trey Mancini & BB-8 Bobblehead, and the first 20,000 fans 15 and over will receive a BB-8 Beanie.

Notes from the Farm

  • At Triple-A Norfolk, Cedric Mullins belted a three-run home run in the second inning of the Tides’ 10-2 win over the Charlotte Knights. It marked the first home run Mullins has hit at any level in 2019. Mullins went 3-for-5 overall on the night with a triple in the fourth inning and a single in the first.
  • Additionally for Norfolk, Chance Sisco hit two singles that accumulated three RBI. Ryan Mountcastle got the Tides on the board in the first inning with a one-run single of his own.
  • Frederick starting pitcher David Lebron earned his first win of the season, throwing six scoreless innings with four hits allowed and eight strikeouts in the Keys’ 5-0 win over the Lynchburg Hillcats. Shortstop Mason McCoy and center-fielder Kirvin Moesquit each tallied an RBI double in the winning effort.
  • Outfielders Robbie Thorburn and Nick Horvath belted two-run home runs in the Delmarva Shorebirds 6-5 win over the Asheville Tourists. Thorburn’s one-run go-ahead double in the eighth inning ended up being the difference for Delmarva, who now owns a 21-4 record on the season.

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