BALTIMORE—The Orioles returned home for their first extended homestand of 2019, and with it they hoped for some happier times.
Instead, things got worse.
Tampa Bay’s Tyler Glasnow completely baffled them, allowing just three singles in seven shutout innings, striking out nine without a walk. The Orioles, who got five hits overall, never got a runner to second base in their 7-0 loss.
“That’s electric stuff,” manager Brandon Hyde said. “That’s really, really good. It’s upper-90s to 100-mph fastball with a great hook and a changeup that’s at 92-94 that acts like a two-seam fastball. Tonight he had all three going. He was throwing all three in any count he wanted.
“A night like that you just have to tip your hat to a really, really good pitcher that had his stuff. I like his presence. I think he attacks guys, the whole package is really impressive. Yeah, I haven’t seen many like that in a long time.”
Dan Straily allowed five runs in 4 1/3 innings to the Rays, who began play with a 2 ½ game lead in the American League East over the New York Yankees.
Straily, who was signed in the hope that he would go deep into games, hasn’t gotten an out past the fifth in any of his five starts. In his three appearances at Oriole Park, Straily has allowed 15 runs in nine innings.
“Some bad, some good,” Straily said about his time with the Orioles. “Some frustrating days for myself for sure. I’m not putting up the numbers that I’m used to up there in terms of innings for my team, so that’s something that I really need to turn around here really quickly.”
The Orioles, who entered the evening tied with Kansas City for the worst record in the American Leagues, have the worst home record. They’ve lost 11 of 14 at home and are 11-22 overall.
Asked before the game if he had any explanation for his team’s failure to win at home, Hyde said he didn’t. Hyde did point out that they’ve played New York, Minnesota, and Oakland, against whom they’re 1-10.
Tough night for Mancini: For the first time in his career, Trey Mancini struck out four times. Since returning from missing two games because of a bruised right index finger, Mancini has struck out seven times in eight at-bats.
“Totally fine, it has nothing to do with the finger,” Mancini said. “Just bad timing for the first golden sombrero, is that what it’s called? Yeah. Just not good timing, but I’m physically fine.”
Mancini was impressed by Glasnow.
“He was absolutely disgusting,” Mancini said. “You have to tip your cap. It’s frustrating. Dude threw a good game. He did a great job executing his pitches. It’s tough. His breaking ball, especially looks like his fastball to the hands so you try not to give up on it, but he spotted it well and he was really good out there.”
Ramirez saves bullpen: For the first time this season, the Orioles used only one reliever. Yefry Ramirez relieved Straily with one out in the fifth and pitched 4 2/3 innings, the longest stint for an Orioles reliever this season.
“I think it was valuable, the objective of coming [in] in a situation like that is to go as long as you can, to throw as many innings so that they don’t have to use that many pitchers,” Ramirez said through a translator.
Bleier, Hays updates: Richard Bleier, who’s on the 10-day injured list because of tendinitis in his left shoulder, has pitched in extended spring training games in Sarasota. “He’s had a few appearances,” Hyde said. “He’s come out healthy in all of them. He’s on the rehab track right now and probably gets moved along up the ladder.”
Bleier, who had lat surgery last June, has been on the IL since April 10.
“We haven’t really put a timetable on it, but he’s throwing the ball well and coming out of games healthy,” Hyde said.
Austin Hays, who’s been sidelined since spraining his left thumb in late March, played in his first extended spring training game on Friday.
“It went well,” Hyde said. “He played six innings. The finger was good, and I guess he was really happy with how he felt. Good news there, too.”