Ortiz returns to Norfolk after spot start; Orioles allow six homers to Red Sox; Rogers provides some relief - BaltimoreBaseball.com

Rich Dubroff

Ortiz returns to Norfolk after spot start; Orioles allow six homers to Red Sox; Rogers provides some relief

BALTIMORE—It felt like old times at Oriole Park on Friday night — a lively crowd on a beautiful late spring evening. Trey Mancini put the Orioles on the board with his 15th home run in the first to give the Orioles a 1-0 lead.

Then the pummeling began. Before it ended, the Boston Red Sox had hit six home runs in a 13-2 rout of the Orioles.

Luis Ortiz, who was the emergency fill-in for injured starter Andrew Cashner (blister), labored through 80 pitches.  Those 80 pitches took him only through 3 1/3 innings, the shortest start since May 19 when Yefry Ramirez lasted only 3 1/3. Orioles manager Brandon Hyde had told him to be aggressive; Ortiz walked five.

“I would say it was a tough one,” Ortiz said. “A tough one to get up here and not do so well.”

Ortiz, who was returned to Norfolk after the game, allowed two of the six home runs. Dan Straily, who replaced him, gave up four in 1 1/3 innings.

After Straily gave up J.D. Martinez’s second in as many innings, he was replaced by Josh Rogers, who was also called up before the game to give the bullpen some depth.

By the fifth inning, the Orioles trailed, 11-1.

“I thought he did a decent job,” Hyde said of Ortiz. “Eighty pitches with the third time through the order in the fourth … We had very limited options tonight, honestly.”

For the second straight night, Oriole pitchers allowed double-digit runs. It was the 12th time in 2019 they’ve allowed 10 or more. It’s the fourth time they’ve done it in consecutive games this season. Former Oriole Eduardo Rodriguez worked seven innings, allowing one run on six hits.


It was the third time the Orioles have allowed at least six home runs. They haven’t won a series since April 22-24 and face Chris Sale, who is 7-2 with a 2.54 ERA against the Orioles, on Saturday afternoon.

The Orioles will add another pitcher before the game. It could be Jimmy Yacabonis, who recorded two outs for a save in Thursday’s game for Norfolk.

Strange sixth: Mancini led off the Orioles’ sixth with a single after Rodriguez had retired 12 straight. With one out, Pedro Severino lifted a long fly to center. Jackie Bradley Jr., who robbed Mancini of a home run on May 8 with an exceptional catch, slapped the ball back into play, turning a homer into a double.

Anthony Santander, who hit next, was retired on a fly to Martinez in right. Mancini tried to score and was thrown out, ending the inning with the Orioles down by 12.

Saving the bullpen: Rogers allowed two runs on five hits in 4 1/3 innings, keeping Hyde from having to use Shawn Armstrong, Richard Bleier, Miguel Castro, Paul Fry and Mychal Givens in a lost cause.

“I didn’t want to throw Mike or Rich in a game that we were losing,” Hyde said. “We were going to try to somehow navigate through with Ortiz, Dan and Rogers. And Rogers did a nice job there for the last four innings.”

Stewart on hold: DJ Stewart, who’s on the 10-day injured list with a sprained right ankle, was scheduled to jog on the field before Friday’s game, Hyde said.

He’s been performing “non-weight bearing” exercises. He won’t be traveling with the Orioles on the road trip to Oakland and Seattle that begins Monday.

“His ankle feels better,” Hyde said “He’s going to be a little while … He’s going to have to take some time to make sure the ankle’s right.”

Dwight Smith Jr., who’s on the seven-day concussion injured list, is nearing a return, Hyde said.

Alberto out sick: Hanser Alberto, who started at third base, left the game after four innings because of illness. He was replaced by Rio Ruiz.

Minor matters: Right-handed pitcherPedro Araujo, who was picked by the Orioles in the December 2017 Rule 5 draft, was transferred from Double-A Bowie to Triple-A Norfolk … Frederick left-hander Luis Perez has been added to North team for Tuesday’s Carolina League All-Star Game. Perez’s addition gives the Keys eight players in the game.

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  1. In The Triangle

    June 15, 2019 at 7:26 am

    Eight players in the All Star game is encouraging.

  2. CalsPals

    June 15, 2019 at 7:45 am

    Hyde thought Ortiz did a decent job, Big Papi would have done better…at some point a spade is a spade…

  3. B.C. Bird

    June 15, 2019 at 8:51 am

    Either the players are worse than we thought or the coaches lack teaching skills. Oriole pitchers are terrible, the scouts that suggested drafting them even worse.Still a fan but its tough love for sure

    • Rich Dubroff

      June 15, 2019 at 11:01 am

      None of the pitchers used last night were drafted by the Orioles, B.C.

  4. ButchBird59

    June 15, 2019 at 10:10 am

    In Bowie last night:
    Yusniel Diaz third homer in three games. Zac Lowther, Hunter Harvey, and Tyler Erwin combined for a 1-hitter.
    Hunter Harvey looked like an unhittable man-among-boys for his three-inning relief outing. Is the relief stint a momentary thing or is this a career thing?

    I hope the draft picks sign soon.

  5. Jack

    June 15, 2019 at 10:10 am

    I grew up in Baltimore and moved to New England thirty seven years ago. Listened to Oriole games in the car on WTOP. My wife and three children are all big Red Sox fans. One day we will be beating them 13-2. Thank heaven for this site and Sirius radio.

    • ButchBird59

      June 15, 2019 at 12:05 pm

      Jack, I find myself in a similar situation. In my case, the Orioles left me. I live in Rochester, NY and can’t bring myself to go to the ballpark to watch the Red Wings sending players to Minnesota instead of Baltimore like they used to when I was a boy. I like your enthusiasm and share it. As frustrating as it is, there is a certain optimistic (or perhaps naïve) feeling I have about being in on the ground floor of a full rebuild. In my case, it’s thank heaven for MLB.tv and MiLB.tv or I’d be spending summers mowing the lawn, pulling weeds, or some other such appallingly useful activity instead of “Birdwatching.” 🙂

  6. Jbigle1

    June 15, 2019 at 11:25 am

    What will it take for Dan Straily to go away? As bad as Ortiz was Straily was 5x worse. Please get rid of this clown.

  7. willmiranda

    June 15, 2019 at 12:03 pm

    Given the roster chaos, we have to ask the ultimate question: What would Bill Veeck do? At least it would be entertaining.

    • ButchBird59

      June 15, 2019 at 1:04 pm

      The Orioles would be wearing Bermuda shorts on Margaritaville Night.

    • Ekim

      June 15, 2019 at 4:51 pm

      How about a hula hoop night?

  8. Boog Robinson Robinson

    June 15, 2019 at 12:57 pm

    “I thought he did a decent job,” Hyde said of Ortiz.

    Waiter … I’ll have whatever he’s having …

    • Raymo

      June 15, 2019 at 3:14 pm

      Comments like this provide the levity I need to get through this trying season. Thanks for the laughs Boog… keep ‘em coming.

    • Ekim

      June 15, 2019 at 4:55 pm

      I’d like to know what Hyde really wants to say. It’s somewhat comical watching him try to be politically correct in the after game interviews. Does anyone know how much hair he had before he took this gig?

    • CalsPals

      June 15, 2019 at 7:56 pm

      Agree, I’ve been saying that for months, still think he needs to throw some bats in the shower…..

    • ClayDal

      June 15, 2019 at 8:20 pm

      Hyde was hired because he had the patience to deal with a rebuild. Animated displays of anger aren’t really part of his personality. Besides throwing bats in the shower would only annoy the clubhouse attendants who would have to clean it off. If you really want to get their attention knock over the post game buffet

  9. cb

    June 15, 2019 at 8:59 pm

    Hyde knows there are only thirty big league managerial jobs in the whole world. I’m sure he is elated to have one of them, bad team and all.

  10. 54orioles

    June 16, 2019 at 2:37 pm

    About the pitching throughout the league: are any teams using a two starter approach. By ‘‘this I mean an approach where neither starting pitcher goes more than four or five innings and then relief pitcher close it the game. What I have notice is that pitcher of today can only go through a line twice then the hitters make adjustments. I could see 8 starters and 4 relievers. This might save a lot of arms and a truckload of frustration. The starters would alternate first and second position. Baseball has changed so dramatically that something must be done to rebalance the strategy on how the game is approached

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