Orioles lose sixth straight to Yankees; Givens' rough outing; Bundy's strong start - BaltimoreBaseball.com

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Orioles lose sixth straight to Yankees; Givens’ rough outing; Bundy’s strong start

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BALTIMORE—For a while, it felt like primetime Orioles baseball in the afternoon. A large, lively crowd, and a tight game.

In the end, though, it was a familiar result.

Orioles closer Mychal Givens allowed four straight baserunners after striking out the first two batters of the ninth. The fourth forced in the deciding run in the Orioles’ sixth straight defeat, 6-5, to the New York Yankees on Thursday. They’ve lost 12 straight to New York at Oriole Park.

The Orioles trailed, 5-1, heading into the eighth, but a four-run rally, featuring a three-run home run by Renato Nunez, tied the score at 5.

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Givens, who lost for the second time in four games to the Yankees, struck out Brett Gardner and Cameron Maybin to start the ninth. Gleyber Torres, who didn’t start even though he has 10 home runs in nine games against the Orioles this season, worked out a walk after Givens didn’t get a third-strike call by home plate umpire Jim Reynolds.

Gary Sanchez, who has nine homers against the Orioles and also didn’t start, looped a pinch-hit single to right on a pitch that was breaking away from him. Givens walked DJ LeMahieu and Aaron Hicks, which forced home Torres.

“He got two quick outs,” manager Brandon Hyde said. “I think the 2-2 pitch to Torres was borderline that he didn’t get, and a flare from Gary. That’s a tough time recovering.”

Givens’ ERA has swollen to 4.91. After four straight saves, he’s picked up two losses. In Monday’s 10-7 loss to New York, Givens allowed five runs in 1 1/3 innings.

“What went wrong?” Givens said. “We got the loss. That’s what went wrong. I didn’t get the job done.”

Zack Britton pitched a scoreless ninth for his second save as the Orioles fell to 15-35, a game behind last year’s Orioles after 50 games.

Nunez, who had been in a 6-for-68 nosedive entering the series, homered three times in the four games, and was 5-for-15 with six RBIs.

Yankees starter Masahiro Tanaka allowed a run on five hits in six innings. Jonathan Holder gave up a run in the eighth, and Tommy Kahnle surrendered Nunez’s home run before Britton came in for the ninth.

“That’s an excellent, excellent bullpen, and I’m happy with how we came back,” Hyde said. “We’re developing in a lot of ways and we’re giving guys a lot of opportunities. We’re in a mode right now of let’s see what we have and the next thing is developing to win and winning close games.

“If you look at our last six games against the Yankees, which we’ve lost all six, the two in New York they had their setup guy and closer in the game, both games. Three of the four games here, [Aroldis Chapman] pitched two of their wins and Britton today. So of the six games we’re in five of them and we’re a hit or a shutdown inning away from winning some of those games. And we’re just not there yet.”

Bundy’s day: Two starts after questions were raised about a drop in Dylan Bundy’s velocity, he allowed three runs on five hits in 5 2/3 innings.

Clint Frazier hit a home run in the fifth and Gio Urshela, the last batter to face Bundy, had a two-out single in the sixth.

“I thought Bundy was outstanding,” Hyde said. “Really threw the ball well. That’s back-to-back starts with him having really good stuff. The slider just got too much of the plate on the hit by Urshela, but I just thought he was outstanding.”

Bundy, whose fastball velocity topped out at 92 mph, mixed in many offspeed pitches for the second straight start.

“Pretty good up until the sixth inning,” Bundy said. “Tried to bury a slider, and left it up and Urshela] was able to get two runs in, but felt good, same thing as last outing with all my pitches.”

Searching for solutions: Early in the season, the Orioles used Nate Karns, who is on the 60-day injured list, as an opener.

Despite short starts and ineffectiveness from David Hess and Dan Straily, Hyde is not considering going back to the opener.

“There’s a lot of nights where … we’re short already,” Hyde said. “We don’t have the length in our ‘pen. An ideal situation with that opener [is] if the second guy who comes in is able to give you four or five innings, but then he can’t pitch for three or four days.

“There’s a lot of nights where we’re just trying to get through and we’d probably have to carry an extra guy, more than we already do.”

Hyde has reiterated that the starters will remain in the rotation because there are no in-house alternatives. General manager Mike Elias said on Wednesday that the team wants left-handed starter Keegan Akin, in his first season at Triple-A Norfolk, to have an extended stay there.

“I know our guys are working hard to see what else is out there,” Hyde said. “I think we’re always keeping an eye on what’s going on around the league. We’re excited about a couple of guys down below who we don’t feel are ready.

“We want to make sure that guys when they get here are ready to have success here and not rush guys into a tough situation. We’re going to do the right thing for the player, not just from necessity from the major league club. We’re big-picture minded. We don’t want to rush somebody here. When guys have proven they’re ready to come here, we’re not afraid to make that decision, also.”

Comings and goings: Hyde said that Keon Broxton, acquired from the New York Mets on Wednesday, should join the team in Denver on Friday.

After the game, Joey Rickard, who was on deck to bat for Stevie Wilkerson when Jonathan Villar hit into a game-ending double play, was optioned to Triple-A Norfolk. Rickard was hitting .203 with two home runs and six RBIs.

Austin Hays was transferred to Double-A Bowie from High-A Frederick as he continues to rehab his sprained left thumb.

Break in the schedule: Of the Orioles’ first 50 games, 38 have come against teams that had records of .500 or better entering Thursday. Their next nine games, three at Colorado and six at home against Detroit and San Francisco, feature opponents with records under .500.

Lively crowd: The 12:35 p.m. start drew 30.624, the third-largest crowd of the season. The four largest crowds have come against the Yankees. More than 9,000 schoolchildren attended the game.

14 Comments

14 Comments

  1. Ekim

    May 23, 2019 at 6:55 pm

    Not much to say as it’s just more of the same. However, Givens performance made me $10. When he came in I told my buddy he was going to blow it. He put $10 on the coffee table and I matched it. I won! He’s like Forrest Gump’s famous quote about a box of chocolates… “You never know what you’re gonna get…”

    • GSISDANNO

      May 24, 2019 at 8:32 am

      I hate to.imply this but it sure seemed like the home plate umpire was really squeezing Mychal Givens. He had a different strike zone in the 9th inning than he did for the rest of the game.

      • mindless1

        May 24, 2019 at 9:22 am

        Maybe.
        I watched the final inning on MLB Gameday and all 4 of the balls to walk in the run were WAY off the plate.

  2. mindless1

    May 23, 2019 at 7:05 pm

    Hyde’s management style is starting to remind me of Buck.
    Let’s keep bringing Givens into late inning close-game situations because he WAS pretty good at one time (2 years ago!).
    Gets 2 outs, walks the bases loaded, then walks one more hitter to force in the winning run.
    How ridiculous.
    The guy has reverted to his roots: a shortstop who can’t hit. He can throw 98 but doesn’t know where it’s going to go.
    Let’s give Armstrong a chance.

    • ClayDal

      May 23, 2019 at 8:24 pm

      Armstrong has pitched well but remember, he became available to the Birds because Seattle had to make room for Mike Wright. Just something to think about

  3. CalsPals

    May 23, 2019 at 7:07 pm

    Not only is he hurting the O’s with the lackluster performance, he’s also hurting them value wise, with those performances, against playoff teams, if someone traded for a reliever I’m guessing they’d want one that can close out playoff caliber teams….always an O’s fan, frustrated like the rest of you, hopefully they draft Adley…..

  4. ButchBird59

    May 23, 2019 at 7:30 pm

    I agree with leaving Akin where he is. He could be next year’s John Means.

  5. BirdsCaps

    May 24, 2019 at 2:08 am

    I’m starting to think that Givens likes the city of Baltimore, because his recent performance will keep him here and throw a monkey wrench into any trade.

  6. willmiranda

    May 24, 2019 at 9:59 am

    Give Givens a break; he was only doing what he was told: “Keep the ball away from the middle of the plate.”

    • CalsPals

      May 24, 2019 at 10:25 am

      With the game on the line, who walks the go ahead run on 4 balls where none of the pitches were near the strike zone, don’t care what you’re told, again baseball IQ, former SS ought to have one of the highest, not so much w/him….

      • willmiranda

        May 24, 2019 at 11:45 am

        Don’t disagree with you a bit, Cals. My quarrel is with the simple-minded approach to pitching of the manager and, presumably, coaches. Only two principles: Challenge hitters and avoid the middle of the plate. As I said before, this leads to homers or walks. If you have the velocity and movement and right timing, you can throw over the middle. If you have the command of multiple pitches, you can throw strikes without throwing middle-middle. If you can’t pitch, you can’t pitch, and no simple adjustment is going to change that. We keep hearing of “one or two mistakes.” Personally, I think Givens still has the stuff to throw over the plate if the batter isn’t sitting on a pitch.

    • CalsPals

      May 24, 2019 at 12:37 pm

      Thx for explaining, agree, I’ve seen him hit 98, top of the zone for K’s, not sure about Hyde….giving him the benefit of the doubt, not sure he’ll be around to see the completion of all this…

  7. jimcarter

    May 24, 2019 at 10:39 am

    Reality check. Some of us are really old and still remember watching Palmer, McNally, Dobson, Cuellar and company. Nothing about what Bundy is doing is “strong” or “positive” or whatever feel good term you wish to use. Giving up 3 runs in 5 2/3s is not acceptable and neither is his ERA on the season. With each passing day, I can fully understand why someone came up with this phrase: “don’t pee on my leg and tell me it’s raining”.

    • Raymo

      May 24, 2019 at 8:13 pm

      I had those same thoughts Mr. Carter. I couldn’t accept that 3 runs in 5 2/3 qualified as something positive.

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