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Orioles have a forgettable afternoon against the Yankees

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BALTIMORE—Orioles manager Brandon Hyde likes talking about the positive. On Sunday, he resorted to talking about an infielder who gave up two runs and walked two batters in the ninth inning of a 15-3 loss to the New York Yankees.

The Orioles had already given up 13 runs before Hyde walked out of the dugout with shortstop Richie Martin in tow. A moment later, Alberto, who had been playing second base, pitched for the first time.

Alberto’s pitching debut wasn’t artful. He threw slowly, but after giving up a two-run home run to Austin Romine and walking two batters, he made it through the inning, lobbing 74-mph fastballs to the plate.

“I didn’t want to throw too hard because I know I’m not a pitcher and don’t want to get hurt,” Alberto said. “Just try to get out of the inning.”

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Hyde, who had discussed position player options with pitching coach Doug Brocail, approached Alberto in the eighth inning because Dan Straily, who was signed Friday and hadn’t pitched in 16 days, had allowed five runs and recorded just four outs while throwing 44 pitches.

“We talked about it before, just in case something like this does happen, and unfortunately, it happened the second week of the season,” Hyde said.

“It stinks. Alberto picked us up big time, though. Unfortunately, those things happen throughout the season. You hope it’s a rare occurrence. It happened to us today, but Hanser picked us up big time.”

David Hess started and after allowing four runs—on three home runs—in five innings, was replaced by Mike Wright, who gave up four runs in 1 2/3 innings, moving his ERA to 18.69.

The Yankees hit seven home runs, the most they’ve hit since July 31, 2007. Over the weekend, they scored 29 runs, all but three on home runs.

Gary Sanchez hit three homers. Clint Frazier, who hit the three-run game-winner against Miguel Castro on Saturday night, had two.

“I think I just need to set the tone a little bit better,” Hess said. “I think going out there and giving up three home runs in the first few innings like that, that’s tough to come back as a team, so I think a lot of that’s on my shoulders.”

Hess pitched 6 1/3 hitless innings in Toronto on Monday. He faced a much different lineup on Sunday.

Seven days earlier, the Orioles had won the final two games of the  season-opening three-game series at Yankee Stadium and the first two in Toronto to run their record to 4-1. Since then, they’ve lost four straight.

“I thought we played good the first two games here,” Hyde said about the team’s first home series. “We had chances to win. We had the lead both games and played really well. We just kind of gave it up in the end in both games. Today was not our day.

“They swung the bat great, so I feel really good about five of the six games we played against them. Loved the way we compete, love the way we play defense. We’ve just got to execute a little better in big spots. When you don’t, they don’t just drive in a run on a single up the middle, they go in the seats. That’s what good teams do.”

The Orioles are beginning a difficult stretch of 19 games in as many days. With eight games against Oakland and Boston, they’ll need stronger performances from the bullpen.

Hyde has been keeping away from Richard Bleier, who hasn’t pitched since Wednesday because he had lat surgery last June and needs more rest than expected. Mychal Givens has three days’ rest. Hyde didn’t want to use either of them in the blowout.

Perhaps there will be a bullpen move before Monday’s game.

“I definitely was thinking that during the game, but then Hanser picked us up, so it’s something we’re going to discuss after this,” Hyde said. “In a game like that, you start to think about tomorrow, start thinking about [John] Means’ start two days from now. There’s a lot of guys I didn’t want to pitch. Hanser picked us up big time by getting the last three outs.”

Alberto can play the infield positions. Now, he has another line to add to his resume.

“I wasn’t surprised, because I knew the inning before,” Alberto said. “They asked me if I could do it just in case and I said, ‘Yeah, right now.’ To give some rest to the bullpen. Go out there and try to have a quick inning.”

Offensively, the Orioles had many quick innings. Domingo German didn’t allow a hit for 5 1/3 innings.

Chris Davis extended his hitless streak to 23, flying out twice and striking out twice. He’s hitless in his last 44 at-bats, dating back to last September, two short of the major league record.

“I hope that he feels like he’s making progress,” Hyde said. “He took a couple decent passes on those fly balls. Just didn’t happen.”

18 Comments

18 Comments

  1. CalsPals

    April 7, 2019 at 6:52 pm

    CD can pitch…..lmao….I’d try him, it couldn’t be worse than the regular pitching or him trying to hit….

  2. Ekim

    April 7, 2019 at 7:08 pm

    Why don’t they try playing Wright in the field and “0fer” Davis pitches. It couldn’t be any worse!

  3. Ekim

    April 7, 2019 at 7:12 pm

    Watching them throw Wright out there time after time reminds me of the old saying… “throw enough pies against the wall and maybe one will stick… “ Just sayin…

  4. Borg

    April 7, 2019 at 7:29 pm

    I hate watching that sort of nonsense. Might as well just concede the game and let everybody get ready for the next game. What was remotely entertaining about that. I actually logged in to see if they’ve released Wright yet. Why they bring him north year after year is beyond me.

    But big picture, this game means…nothing. The whole season is just auditions anyway so it’s more about identifying some keepers and letting the others go back to the minors or the DFA list (hint”:WRIGHT, WRIGHT, WRIGHT…) than it is about winning ballgames

    The Oriole pitchers keep getting rocked for home runs because they are throwing sliders to batters who haven’t shown they can drive a fastball. That’s as much on the catchers as the pitchers; maybe they should come in for some scrutiny as well.

  5. Bhoffman1

    April 7, 2019 at 7:37 pm

    Both Martin and Mullins hitting 091 and Jackson wasn’t given a chance. How does Chris Davis sleep at night. If Mike Wright is not sent down or DFA then Elias has lost his mind after two weeks.

    • Bhoffman1

      April 7, 2019 at 9:34 pm

      Sorry after today they are hitting lower . Lol

  6. Bhoffman1

    April 7, 2019 at 7:40 pm

    Almost forgot Tim Beckham was player of the week and hitting 410 but we couldn’t afford him during the rebuild

    • Raymo

      April 7, 2019 at 9:20 pm

      Do you remember Tim Beckham’s first month in Baltimore? Do you remember what happened after that? Do you remember his inconsistent defense? He’s hot right now, but he will regress.

    • Bhoffman1

      April 7, 2019 at 9:33 pm

      Yes I do but he was injured last year had surgery and wasn’t 100 per cent healthy. With proper coaching his fielding possibly could improve and he’s still relatively young. Obviously Martin can field but there is a reason a former top pick was rule 5 it’s plain to see he is overmatched against major league pitchers

      • GSISDANNO

        April 7, 2019 at 11:06 pm

        I am sorry to say that there are going to be many games like this. The Orioles’ bullpen is already overworked. It is very hard for the Orioles to get 27 outs from this staff. Whenever the manager goes to the bullpen, he has no idea what he is going to get.

  7. Raymo

    April 7, 2019 at 9:27 pm

    In a blowout like that, wouldn’t it make sense to just concede the game? Why burn out your bullpen and/or put a position player like Alberto at risk? As Kenny Rogers told us, “You got to know when to fold ’em.”

    • Paul Folkemer

      April 7, 2019 at 10:54 pm

      Concede as in forfeit? I don’t think any team in history has ever forfeited a game just because they were losing by a lot. That would be a pretty bad look.

      • Borg

        April 8, 2019 at 5:43 am

        Beckham is a lifetime .256 hitter with an OBP under .310-no thanks. By the way, Beckham has 5 errors already. When you are 6 years into your career at the major league level, your fielding is what it is. Turn it around-if six seasons from now Martin is still in the majors and has a lifetime avg of .150 would you be arguing that with a little coaching he might learn to hit?

        SORRY_meant to post this under hte Beckham discussion above

        • VICTORTEE

          April 8, 2019 at 8:59 am

          But I thought the analytics of the Boy Genius and Sid and the player development skills of Hyde and his coaches could improve anybody.

        • Jbigle1

          April 8, 2019 at 10:32 am

          Beckham, if he ever put it all together would be a special player. He was the #1 overall pick in the draft for those reasons. Now, will he ever do that for a full season? I think not but we probably should’ve given him a shot considering how poor our internal SS options were. Martin can play defense but man, he is not a big league SS with the bat in his hands. We can afford to be very patient obviously but at Some point having a guy who can’t bat his body weight in the lineup everyday isn’t helpful for team or player.

  8. PC in OC

    April 8, 2019 at 8:57 am

    Come on Hyde, The only way Davis feels like he is making progress, Is if he shaves his beard!!!!!! Take the 160 million away from Davis and see how he HITS!

  9. Jbigle1

    April 8, 2019 at 10:34 am

    Chris is getting special treatment just by being in the lineup most days. I’ve said it before, when trumbo returns we need to pull the plug on Davis. .

  10. CalsPals

    April 8, 2019 at 6:33 pm

    FYI, Adam Jones is also doing quite well, & warmer….

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