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Rich Dubroff

Hess continues winless streak as Orioles’ comeback falls short

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BALTIMORE—Back on April 1, David Hess was upset when Orioles manager Brandon Hyde removed him from a start in Toronto after he had no-hit the Blue Jays for 6 1/3 innings.

The Orioles barely hung on to win that game, and more than two months later, Hess got to face Toronto again. He held the Blue Jays hitless for an additional 2 2/3 innings, making it nine innings.

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. singled, and shortly Hess had a bases-loaded, two-out jam that he was able to escape with a strikeout.

But in the fifth, Hess ran out of pitches. He quickly loaded the bases and Lourdes Gurriel hit an infield single, and Hess was gone, replaced by Miguel Castro.

Castro gave up a grand-slam to Rowdy Tellez and also let in a run on a wild pitch as the Orioles lost to Toronto, 8-6, on Wednesday night.

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The six runs the Orioles allowed in the fifth equaled the most they’d given up this season. Hess, who has not won in the 12 starts he has made since those 6 1/3 hitless innings, saw his record fall to 1-9. His ERA is 7.20.

“I think they put up some good at-bats that inning, and I just didn’t make pitches when I needed to, really,” Hess said. “The walks were really killer tonight, and so I think especially in that fifth inning that created a big inning for them and that’s something that needs to be limited.

“Every time I go out there I want to have confidence. I want to act on that and pitch according to that, but really I think again they put up good at-bats tonight. They really weren’t swinging at my slider off the plate and so that kind of got eliminated. I didn’t throw it for strikes enough and that kind of changed the game a little bit just for them to be able to eliminate a pitch. And then just have better at-bats with that in mind.”

Evan Phillips allowed two runs in the sixth as Toronto took an 8-2 lead.

The Blue Jays decided to use Derek Law as their opener. Originally, Edwin Jackson, who this season set a record by pitching for his 14th major league team, was set to start.

Instead, Law worked an inning, and Jackson, who was listed in Toronto’s press notes as “Featured Starter,” came in to start the second.

Jackson allowed two runs in five innings. One of them came on Trey Mancini’s 14th home run. Mancini also tripled in the first.

The loss prevented the Orioles from winning consecutive games for the first time since May 4-6. They could still win their first series since April 22-24 with a win on Thursday.

“It’s up to them at some point where they have to figure it out,” Hyde said. “I feel like tonight wasn’t our best night and there’s a couple pitches they’d like to have back, obviously, but I think we are getting better and I think we showed that in the last week when two tough places to pitch in Texas and Houston and we did a pretty nice job, and did a nice job yesterday. So, I think we are improving. Tonight we gave up eight.”

Late in the game, with few fans left, it began to rain, but the umpires, determined to complete nine innings, had the grounds crew pour sand on the mound and home plate.

In the midst of the foul weather, Chance Sisco’s two-run double, Renato Nunez’s infield out and Rio Ruiz’s single cut the lead to 8-6 in the eighth.

“We fought our way back,” Hanser Alberto said. “We’ve got to keep our heads up and be ready for the next one. They got some lucky hits, and the game is just like that.”

Toronto used four pitchers in the eighth.

After the rain stopped, the Orioles had another chance in the ninth. Daniel Hudson walked pinch-hitter Chris Davis hit Jonathan Villar with a pitch, and both advanced a base on Hudson’s wild pitch.

Hudson ended the four-hour, five-minute sloppy game by getting Anthony Santander to pop out and striking out Mancini and Sisco.

“It’s the guys you’d want coming up in that situation,” Hyde said. “It just didn’t happen tonight. But I thought we did a great job battling back from down 8-2,, making it interesting there at the end. Unfortunately, Hudson kind of turned it up there against those three guys, throwing waist-high heaters. We just didn’t get it done.”

16 Comments

16 Comments

  1. Bhoffman1

    June 13, 2019 at 7:44 am

    It’s the guys you want coming up to quote Hyde. So I assume Santlander and Sisco are here to stay for awhile

  2. Boog Robinson Robinson

    June 13, 2019 at 9:20 am

    Really .. they haven’t won 2 straight in over a month? I’m beginning to believe that Mr. Elias is indeed a genius. After all, things seemingly are going exactly as scripted this year.

    Can somebody please clear this up for me?

    Am I correct in understanding that while in the minors it was Anthony “Santander” … but after making it to the show it’s Anthony “Son-tawn-daire’ “? Have I got that right?

    • Bancells Moustache

      June 13, 2019 at 9:52 am

      I was wondering that myself. When he made that catch against the Astros, the new radio guy started raving about the play made by Sahn-Tahn-Dare. I was wondering who the Korean kid was that they brought up from AAA for 10 minutes til I figured out who he was talking about.

    • Bhoffman1

      June 13, 2019 at 10:52 am

      Whatever his name is let him play along side Smith with DJ as sub. Keep Mancini on first where he belongs and keep Davis on the bench where he belongs. Once either Hays or Diaz is ready we will have a normal outfield. Once Mountcastle is ready and let him DH and let Nunez play 3B. I feel Rio is just a very average but not much upside player. Again no one talks about McCoy. He’s batting 328 and should be promoted to Norfolk soon I feel to see if he’s for real one level up.

      • Orial

        June 13, 2019 at 10:56 am

        Nunez would slaughter 3rd base. Ruiz is good defensively.

        • Jbigle1

          June 13, 2019 at 12:07 pm

          Rio can field but at some point a guy who is hitting 25% below league average hurts you way too much with the bat for that to matter anymore. Nunez isn’t the solution defensively and Rio certainly isn’t offensively. I think we’ll need to find a 3B for the long term. I don’t see one coming up from the minors anytime soon either.

    • Rich Dubroff

      June 13, 2019 at 12:27 pm

      Boog, the proper Spanish way to pronounce his name is Sahn-Tan-Dare. It’s always been his preference, but it had been Americanized until now.

      • Boog Robinson Robinson

        June 13, 2019 at 2:07 pm

        Thanks Rich. I just hope that Sahn-Tan-Dare can hit like Santander.

    • ClayDal

      June 13, 2019 at 2:12 pm

      When Roberto Kelly was traded from the Yankees to the Reds, he decided to go by Bobby Kelly. After 2 months he was hitting under .200 and decided to go back to Roberto. “That Bobby guy wasn’t getting any hits”

  3. ButchBird59

    June 13, 2019 at 9:43 am

    Some good news yesterday: Yusniel Diaz 2 for 4 with a walk-off HR in the 10th for Bowie!
    https://www.milb.com/bowie/video/diazs-walk-off-dinger/c-1998622813

    • Ekim

      June 13, 2019 at 1:17 pm

      Let me get this straight… You’re excited that one of the key pieces of last years “haul” of prospects finally had a two hit game and his second home run of the year (at Bowie… 100 ab’s; 27 games; 11 rbi ‘s’) and raised his batting average up to .220? And this in double AA. Come on… get real!

    • ClayDal

      June 13, 2019 at 1:31 pm

      Diaz is only 22 so a little early to give up on. Just looked at Trey Mancini when he was 22, split the year between Delmarva and Fredrick. Hit .317 in Delmarva, but only.251 in Fredrick-which is below Bowie. He turned out okay. Diaz is still considered a top 100 prospect by MLB for what that is worth. With better health and plate discipline he should be fine.

  4. SpinMaster

    June 13, 2019 at 11:46 am

    Am I the only one who got a little ticked off at the at-bats our 3 main guys had in the ninth. No outs and runners on 2nd and 3rd and we get a pop out and 2 strike outs. When are these “kids” going to learn that that situation called for patience and shortening up your swing to try to make solid contact to drive the runs in to tie the game. Both Santander (San Tan Der) and Mancini were trying to smash home runs and Cisco was just over matched with fast ball up in the zone. We had a chance to steal the game away and we just didn’t play smart.

    • deqalt

      June 13, 2019 at 11:48 am

      Isn’t the objective to get the #1 pick?

  5. Fareastern89

    June 13, 2019 at 1:36 pm

    Not sure why people are reluctant to give Santander the respect everyone deserves — to have their name pronounced correctly. As Rich points out, it should be Sahn- Tahn – Dare, with the accent on the final syllable. Unlike English, Spanish rules of pronunciation are clear.

  6. Jbigle1

    June 13, 2019 at 2:18 pm

    I wouldn’t mind the next time out if we started Castro as the “opener” and used Hess as the length guy after that. Will it work? Probably not. But I think Hess has proven he can’t start.

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