Three Orioles injured in 12-inning loss; offense struggles; Means pitches well - BaltimoreBaseball.com

Rich Dubroff

Three Orioles injured in 12-inning loss; offense struggles; Means pitches well

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ARLINGTON, Texas—By the time the sixth inning ended, the Orioles were left with no reserve position players. They didn’t know it at the time, but the game was only halfway over, with the Orioles eventually losing to the Texas Rangers, 2-1, in 12 innings that were painful in many ways.

The Orioles’ game of attrition started in the bottom of the first. Catcher Pedro Severino, who hit three home runs the night before, took a foul tip flush on his mask. Home plate umpire Brian O’Nora noticed that Severino didn’t seem right.

“We saw him get hit with the ball on the mask,” Orioles manager Brandon Hyde said. “It was a few pitches prior. Brian didn’t feel like things were right, so he called me over and that’s when me and [head athletic trainer Brian] Ebel went out there. Just thought we’re going to be as cautious as possible when it comes to the head, so took him out.

“… We got so lucky with the tests that came back. Saw a doctor during the game. All the tests came back. He passed everything. Should be OK.”

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The Orioles said Severino had a head bruise but no concussion-like symptoms.

He was replaced by Chance Sisco, who was recalled by Norfolk on Tuesday and is the 42nd player used by the Orioles this season. Sisco was expected to play Thursday but made his 2019 debut sooner than expected.

After the fifth inning, second baseman Jonathan Villar left the game with a sore right thumb. Villar’s injury is considered minor.

Hanser Alberto moved from third to second. An inning later, Alberto clipped rightfielder DJ Stewart when Stewart, Alberto and first baseman Trey Mancini converged on a foul ball by Elvis Andrus. Stewart initially made the catch near a wall, but the ball came loose when he hit the ground hard after being tripped by Alberto. Mancini immediately signaled for the training staff.

Stewart wanted to stay in the game but left with a sprained right ankle. Chris Davis, manager Brandon Hyde’s last player on the bench, entered the game, carrying Mancini’s outfield glove as Mancini moved to right and Davis took over at first.

“Hanser and I are both going after that ball, both really aggressive players,” Stewart said. “Kind of got there at the same time and I wasn’t sure if I was able to call it. I called it kind of late. He went low, I went high and caught the ball and when I planted he kind of slid into me and rolled my ankle a little bit. A little sore right now, but we’ll re-evaluate tomorrow and see how I feel.

“I’m glad it wasn’t my knee. Nothing’s broken but sore right now, and we’ll see how I feel tomorrow and hopefully get back sooner rather than later.”

Stewart knew that if he left the game, the Orioles would be down to their final position player.

“I was begging to stay in, but they made a decision that that was the best thing right now,” Stewart said. “I knew we only had one guy on the bench. Just kind of a long-term thing. I never want to come out of a game. It doesn’t matter. I pride myself on being tough. But I think we made the smart decision.”

The Orioles didn’t score until the ninth, when Richie Martin hit a home to tie the score, 1-1. They wasted another strong start by John Means.

The Orioles lost in the 12th on an RBI single by Delino DeShields, his fourth hit of the game. Afterward, Hyde said that he felt fortunate that none of the players need to be placed on the 10-day injured list, although none is expected to start on Thursday.

“We’re just going to have to play a little short,” Hyde said. “And that’s part of it, that’s part of a long season, a six-month season. Sometimes, these things happen and you run into periods of time when you’re a man or two down and we might be like that for a couple of days.”

Offensive futility: After squandering a number of opportunities by going 1-for-13 with runners in scoring position in the first six innings, the Orioles’ offense suddenly shut down.

Two outs away from their fifth shutout of the year, Martin hit his second home run of the year to left field to tie the game at 1.

The Orioles had runners on base in the first 15 innings of the two games with Texas before being retired in order in the seventh and eighth.

“We’ve played a ton of close games, and I think our guys are used to playing one-run games a lot,” Hyde said. “I was so happy for Richie to come through off a closer like that and get a slider, I think it was a slider, hit it out of the ballpark to tie the game. Last night we drove the ball all night long and tonight we just had a tough time.”

Means’ night: The injuries and offensive futility obscured another fine performance by Means, who allowed a run to Texas in the first on an RBI double by Andrus.

Means pitched six innings, allowing a run on four hits. He retired 11 of his final 12 batters.

“I think it got better as it went on,” Means said. “I think early on, I was battling. I didn’t really have my best stuff, and as the game went on, I found my changeup, found my better fastball, and it worked well from there.”

Means said that he tried not to think about the injuries to his teammates, although Severino’s and Stewart’s brought long delays.

“You just try not to think about it,” Means said. “You just kind of worry about the safety of those guys … Like DJ, that looked like a pretty bad fall, so I’m glad he was going to be all right.”

There was good news for Means on Wednesday. His brother, Jake, a third baseman from Indiana State, was taken in the 22nd round by the Kansas City Royals on the final day of the draft.

“I’m so excited for him,” Means said. “He’s a fifth-year senior in college, so the fact that he gets a chance to play and experience what I’ve experienced is going to be a lot of fun.”

Bullpen better: Shawn Armstrong pitched a scoreless seventh and Miguel Castro a scoreless eighth.

For the first time in 2019, Richard Bleier pitched two scoreless innings.

Paul Fry pitched a scoreless 11th before allowing an RBI single to DeShields in the 12th.

Before the game, pitching coach Doug Brocail gathered his bullpen in the outfield after another poor outing on Tuesday night. He appeared to be the only one talking on a segment shown by MASN.

“I was really happy,” Hyde said. “I thought everybody threw the ball really well and I just like the way we pounded the strike zone … we didn’t have many walks.

“We got a lot of off-the-barrel ground balls, a ton of ground balls to infielders that weren’t hard hit, so everybody that came out of the ‘pen did a fantastic job. The last inning with Paul, two ground balls that get through, a two-strike hit by pitch, and there was just bad luck on his part.”

Davis slumping: Davis, who did not start on Wednesday night, warmed up Means a couple of times while Sisco was putting his gear back on. After Davis entered the game, he struck out in both his at-bats. Davis was hitless in five at-bats on Tuesday after being on the 10-day IL; he had struck out in his four previous at-bats before that.

Since reaching .193 on May 10, his highest point since the end of the 2017 season, Davis is 5-for-48 and 0-for-16. His average is just .162. He has 61 strikeouts in 136 at-bats.

“I thought his bats were more competitive before he went on the IL,” Hyde said before the game. “That’s what I was looking for, just compete in those at-bats.

“Before he went on the IL, he was late on the heater and chasing the breaking ball in the dirt.”

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14 Comments

14 Comments

  1. CalsPals

    June 6, 2019 at 7:28 am

    Oriole bullpen jinx? Brad Brach looked like he was throwing from our bullpen for the cubbies last night….love the O’s…

    • CalsPals

      June 6, 2019 at 7:41 am

      Britton then gives 3 run dinger up to Guerrero Jr, who’s your Vladdy…..

  2. Orial

    June 6, 2019 at 7:36 am

    Seeing a catcher(Severino),2nd baseman(Villar),and an OFer(Stewart) go down gave me a nightmare of Wynns,Wilkerson,and Rickard being recalled. Now THAT’S a nightmare. I may be nitpicking but either Martin lacks range(going to his left) or he plays too far in the whole. A lot of ground ball singles to center last night.

  3. Boog Robinson Robinson

    June 6, 2019 at 7:45 am

    And the beat goes on ….

  4. CalsPals

    June 6, 2019 at 7:49 am

    Should have someone follow sons of ex major leaguers like the Bluejays, Guerrero, Biggio, Bichette, we got Evans from them, drafted at least 1 more in the last draft….when we do it we get Palmeiro and Ripken, (hard for me to say that as they are two of my favorites ) who hit the walkoff against us last night, DeSheilds….

  5. Bhoffman1

    June 6, 2019 at 8:33 am

    Davis strikeouts I mean at bats are more competitive then before he went on the IL. You gotta love that quote from Hyde. So will the diehard O’s fans be cheering again when he gets his next hit. Davis or Mr Denial as he should be called is the worst player in the ML and also the luckiest with that well earned contract. Sorry for being negative so early in the morning but whatever progress this team is going to make this year and in the future this guy is holding us back

    • Boog Robinson Robinson

      June 6, 2019 at 11:10 am

      I submit for your consideration that Davis’ performance is getting the O’s exactly on the path Mr. Elias has planned this year …

  6. cb

    June 6, 2019 at 12:15 pm

    Davis and Ubaldo rank up there with the Glen Davis disaster.

    • Birdman

      June 6, 2019 at 2:31 pm

      Since Davis is costing over $100 million more than Ubaldo, gotta rate him a much bigger flop … agree that the Crush Davis signing and the Glenn Davis trade turned out to be the the two worst personnel decisions in Orioles history.

    • Raymo

      June 6, 2019 at 9:48 pm

      The Glenn Davis trade was definitely the worst because of who we gave up to get him… Curt Shilling, Pete Harnish and Steve Finley. It still hurts.

  7. BirdsCaps

    June 6, 2019 at 3:06 pm

    I am watching the team a little less this year (busier and its just really hard to watch at times), but I still would think that I would have a better grasp of the roster than I currently do. There is nothing to distinguish one new position player from another. They all occasionally have good weeks, however none of them have been consistently good or even kind of good. It is sort of like having a full team of bench players or old and past their prime Triple A guys. I was hoping someone would stick out, but it looks like there all going to stay bottom of the barrel and boring players. Also, since they did not come through the organization, I didn’t watch them come up through the system, which makes them much less interesting than one of our prospects. Maybe things will get better or hopefully we’ll have a few new faces next year.

  8. cb

    June 6, 2019 at 8:30 pm

    One additional thing about Ubaldo, I believe we gave up a first round draft pick when he was signed.

    • BirdsCaps

      June 6, 2019 at 10:31 pm

      I think you are right. What a waste. We basically gave up a first round pick up to lose a playoff game!

  9. cb

    June 7, 2019 at 10:20 am

    I blame Buck for that! You have a reliever who is having a great year and is an extreme ground ball pitcher warm and ready, and Buck let’s Ubaldo of all people pitch to Encarcion. I still can’t figure that out.

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