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Orioles lose 4-2 after Glasnow silences bats

Final 16 Baltimore hitters retired

April 17, 2019 - 12:59 am
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By Jake McDonnell

On Monday night the Orioles tallied seven hits through the first 3.1 innings against the Rays dominant right hander Tyler Glasnow, but the final 16 Orioles batters were retired as Tampa topped Baltimore 4-2.

While the Orioles fall to 7-11 on the season, the Rays advance to 13-4. That gives Tampa a .765 winning percentage, good for best in the majors.

Glasnow, who exits Monday’s start with a 1.13 ERA, has only allowed two runs in 19 innings this season. Trey Mancini scored the first run against Glasnow this season when Rio Ruiz singled to right field with two outs in the first inning. In the third frame, Renato Nunez put the O’s up 2-0 when he doubled to score Dwight Smith Jr. Jesus Sucre singled in the fourth inning off Glasnow, but after that the hits disappeared.

“I think we worked some good ABs off him early and we just didn’t score enough and he fell into a rhythm,” manager Brandon Hyde said after the game. “He’s got a plus-plus fastball and a plus curveball and he’s 6-8 and he’s just really tough to hit.”

Glasnow's counterpart on the mound, Dylan Bundy, cruised through his first three innings but once again ran into some trouble his second time going through the order. Bundy began the fourth inning by walking Tommy Pahm and surrendering a double to Ji-Man Choi. Pahm put the Rays on the board when the next batter, Yandy Diaz, flied out to Joey Rickard in right field for a sacrifice fly.

Orioles pitching coach Doug Brocail emerged from the dugout for a mound visit following the score. After a moment of rest, Bundy struck out Brandon Lowe. Then Avisail Garcia smacked his second home run of the year over the center-field wall to give Tampa Bay a 3-2 lead. It marked the seventh home run Bundy has allowed this season after giving up a MLB-leading 41 home runs in 2018.

“I wouldn’t say ‘really good,’ but yeah, just one bad pitch,” Bundy said in the locker room. “Two bases open there with one out. I was trying to throw a slider a little bit off to get a weak contact or a chase. It was just a bad pitch overall and two runs on the board, plus they got the sac fly run, so just a bad inning.”

Throwing 88 pitches over five innings, 54 for strikes, Bundy gave up three runs on three hits, two walks, and five strikeouts. Garcia added a third RBI in the eighth inning when he singled on a sharp line drive to Smith Jr. in left field to score Diaz. The last Rays run came at the expense of Miguel Castro, who registered the first two outs of the inning before giving up a walk and two hits.

Just like Tuesday, game two on Wednesday begins at 7:10 p.m. from Tropicana Field. David Hess, who took the loss while tossing 5.2 innings against the Red Sox on Friday, will start for the Orioles. The Rays, who were one of the first teams to experiment with “openers”, will use Ryne Stanek in that role tomorrow. This will aid a Tampa Bay rotation currently without Blake Snell, placed on the 10-day injured list Tuesday afternoon after fracturing his toe on Saturday.

Notes from the farm:

  • Anthony Santander had a four-hit night for Triple-A Norfolk against Durham, but the highlight was his walk-off single with two outs in the bottom of the ninth. Stevie Wilkerson, who had singled to open the inning, scored after Santander’s fly ball escaped Nick Solak’s diving reach.
  • Also at Norfolk, both Ryan Mountcastle and Jace Peterson found the long ball. Mountcastle hit a solo shot to give him his second minor league homer in as many days. Peterson’s was a two-run blast in the fifth inning that put the Tides up 5-3.
  • In his rehab assignment (oblique) with Double-A Bowie, Austin Wynns drove in two runs on a single.Wynns notched two hits and drew two walks on Monday. With both Jesus Sucre and Pedro Severino struggling offensively, look for one of them to be moved within the next week to make room for Wynns on the 25-man roster.

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