Orioles sit through long rain delay and lose; Straily hit hard; Davis making progress - BaltimoreBaseball.com

Rich Dubroff

Orioles sit through long rain delay and lose; Straily hit hard; Davis making progress

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BALTIMORE—After a rain delay of an hour, 49 minutes, the Los Angeles Angels and the Orioles began playing again, just after 11 p.m. Only a few hundred fans were in the stands, and it felt eerie.

The sound from the television play-by-play could be heard from the deserted concourses, and individual fans could clearly be heard.

“It felt like the Florida State League,” manager Brandon Hyde said. “It’s so weird when you can hear everything. You can hear the other side and you can hear the fans yelling in the outfield. Yeah, that’s just a weird feeling.”

Friday night’s announced crowd was 14,495 and those who stayed through the delay were invited to take any unoccupied seat in the lower seating bow. A few fans stayed in their original seats in left field, hoping for a home run ball.

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Chris Davis hit a home run when play resumed, but it went to the right-center field bleachers, where a handful of fans stayed on.

The Angels beat the Orioles, 8-3, and Davis’ run was only one that occurred after play resumed in the top of the seventh. The Orioles began a stretch of 20 consecutive games in as many days with a game that wasn’t competitive.

Mike Trout, who hit his first career home run in Baltimore nearly eight years ago, hit a two-run shot in the third  and added a double in a five-run fifth.

Dan Straily, who was signed by the Orioles to give them an innings eater, continued his string of disappointing starts, lasting just 4 1/3 innings, allowing six runs and throwing 95 pitches.

Straily’s ERA has swelled to an unsightly 8.23, and he’s allowed nine home runs in 27 1/3 innings. In six starts, he’s never pitched past five innings, and in his last three has pitched four innings twice and 4 1/3 twice.

“I feel l need to change something,” Straily said. “I feel like my pitches are moving right where I want them to be. My command’s there. I’m just not getting the result.

“I feel like I should look at some pitch selections. I really do feel like my stuff is moving, and I feel like I’m commanding it the way I want to.”

Evan Phillips followed Straily and allowed two runs on four hits in 1 2/3 innings.

Miguel Castro saved the Orioles with three scoreless innings after play resumed.

Trey Mancini, who nearly won Wednesday night’s game with a home run until Boston’s Jackie Bradley Jr. snared it far over the center field fence, hit his seventh.

“He was yelling that when he came into the dugout, ‘Catch that one!’” Hyde said. “It was awesome. He squared that up. That’s strong when you hit a line drive into center field like that.”

Designated hitter Renato Nunez went 0-for-4 and is now in a 1-for-27 slump.

Davis getting closer to Mendoza line: Besides his home run, Davis had an RBI single, and is batting .193, his high point since the end of the 2017 season.

“It means a lot,” Davis said. “I feel like I’ve made strides in the right direction really the last couple of weeks and just continue to work with [ hitting coaches] Don (Long) and Howie (Clark) and try to fine-tune it as much as we can every day.

“Felt good today in BP in the cage and felt like I was swinging the bat well and felt good in the game. I felt like I was calm and ready, so I was glad to see it translate.”

Davis’ single was to left, and it seems that he’s trying to go to the opposite field more often.

“Yes and no. I’m just trying to hit the ball where it’s pitched and not do too much with it,” Davis said. “I think a lot of times when you see me yank pitches that are on the outer half to the right side, that’s when I’m really struggling or when I’m really scuffling. Just really trying to see the ball and let it travel and put a good swing on it.”

Walk streak broken: The Orioles struck out 22 times without a walk in 12 innings on Wednesday, and didn’t draw a walk until Davis drew one with two outs in the ninth.

Bleier throws again: Richard Bleier pitched a scoreless inning for Double-A Bowie in his second rehab outing. He allowed a hit and a walk, and threw 14 pitches, the same number he threw on Tuesday in his first rehab outing.

In Frederick, Blaine Knight’s High-A debut will have to wait. The Keys were rained out after Knight was called up from Low-A Delmarva.

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15 Comments

15 Comments

  1. ButchBird59

    May 11, 2019 at 9:17 am

    Solid outing from Keegan Akin in Norfolk last night: 6.2 innings, 4 hits, 1 ER, 1 BB, 6 SO.

  2. Baltimore Castaway

    May 11, 2019 at 10:03 am

    Well Rich, we knew these times were coming our way…question now is; how many years is it going to take to start to move the needle?

    • Rich Dubroff

      May 11, 2019 at 1:47 pm

      I think next year will also be challenging, and hopefully by 2021 things will be looking up a bit.

  3. SpinMaster

    May 11, 2019 at 10:06 am

    Our “innings eaters” Karns and Straily don’t seem to be eating innings like they are supposed to. I know it is difficult with Cobb on the shelf, but aren’t there any other options out there? I figure that James Shields’ price may be too high and that is why he is still available. Is it time to jetison the “innings eaters” and hand the ball to Ynoa and Ramirez? Could it be any worse?

    • Phil770

      May 11, 2019 at 10:37 am

      It can always get worse.

    • Jbigle1

      May 11, 2019 at 11:28 am

      Karns was working his way back from Thoracic Outlet so I don’t believe he was ever going to be an innings eater. I still like Karns in a multi inning capacity. Karns wasn’t bad at all either. He’s just injured which was always the main concern. But for 800 K to a ML team it wasn’t a bad gamble. Straily was always a bad fit for Camden Yards. Hes an extreme fly ball pitcher and that’s not a good combo for OPACY.

    • Rich Dubroff

      May 11, 2019 at 1:48 pm

      I think it’s unlikely they’re going to sign any street free agents because they wouldn’t be in shape to help immediately. Ynoa and Ramirez as well as Keegan Akin could be given a shot.

  4. Phil770

    May 11, 2019 at 10:40 am

    Since he broke his hitless streak, what is Davis’ slash line?

    • Jbigle1

      May 11, 2019 at 11:33 am

      Over the last 30 days, Davis is 17/59 with 4 Hrs and 14 rbis. That makes for a .288 avg and a .364 OBP. I thought you’d never see that again from him if I’m being honest. That’s right off of ESPN for the last 30 days. I didn’t go back to the day he actually broke the streak because this was easier and roughly the same timeline.

    • Rich Dubroff

      May 11, 2019 at 1:51 pm

      Don’t have slugging and on-base percentage, but he’s batting .309 (17-for-55) with four homers and 14 RBIs zince the 0-for-33

  5. CalsPals

    May 11, 2019 at 11:10 am

    Karns & Strailey aren’t getting the job done, remotely, apparently where he wants pitches to go & where they should go are different animals, oh well….

  6. NormOs

    May 11, 2019 at 11:34 am

    Strailey says he needs to change something, I suggest he change uniforms. Let him go aggravate some other people until they cut him. He can’t stay here, we have to many “waiver wire” and, of course, Rule 5 guys as it is
    and does anyone see improvement over last year. A few guys are working out from the trades that Dumpster Dan did so I guess that’s something. Into the 4th year of Davis’s $23M a year deal we’re now talking about the Mendoza line………INCREDIBLE!

  7. OsfansinWV

    May 11, 2019 at 12:18 pm

    Hey Rich, when do you think Elias and Hyde give up on some of the pitching we currently have and call up some younger guys? I don’t believe it could hurt to give them a shot to see what they have. Also it’s time to give Nunez a rest, he’s the DH which his only job to do is hit and seems lost at the plate for the last 10 games or so!

    • Rich Dubroff

      May 11, 2019 at 1:53 pm

      Nunez is getting a rest today. I think you’ll continue to see lots of roster movement. I know it was quiet for a week, but you’ll see many new players coming along.

  8. Bhoffman1

    May 11, 2019 at 3:00 pm

    Please Elias bring up
    Mountcastle soon for our DH. Sisco had another homer last night. How much longer can you keep him down. When is Hays and Diaz going to play. Usually you are not out for two months with a sprained finger and I thought Diaz had a mild calf strain

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