Orioles allow 5 homers in another lopsided loss; concern about Josh Rogers' elbow; Henderson heading to Gulf Coast - BaltimoreBaseball.com

Rich Dubroff

Orioles allow 5 homers in another lopsided loss; concern about Josh Rogers’ elbow; Henderson heading to Gulf Coast

Photo Credit: Joy R. Absalon

BALTIMORE—Manager Brandon Hyde has watched too many noncompetitive games in the first half of this Orioles season. In 80 games, the Orioles have allowed 10 or more runs 16 times—one in every five games.

After their 10-5 loss to the San Diego Padres Wednesday, the Orioles dropped to 22-58. They have lost 13 of their last 14. At home, they’re just 9-30.

Not only have they gone 18 consecutive series without a win, but they’ve been swept in eight series.

On Wednesday, they allowed five home runs, bringing their total to 165. Their team ERA is 5.93. They’ve allowed five home runs or more 10 times this season, a major league record.

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“It’s just not very good, whatever it is,” Hyde said. “The homers are up around the league, obviously. But we’ve given up way more than our fair share. It’s a good place to hit, this ballpark.

“That’s not an excuse. You’ve got to keep the ball off the barrel We just don’t execute pitches very well. I think a little of it’s growing pain, a little bit of it’s poor execution. But when you have a team with a 6 ERA and have given up 1400 homers so far, it’s hard to win games.”

Starter Dylan Bundy’s record fell to 3-10. He struggled through four-plus innings, allowing five runs.

“I wasn’t commanding the ball very well at all today with all my pitches, really,” Bundy said. “I had to work pretty hard in those first three innings, and just wasn’t able to get any momentum going.”

Jonathan Villar had three hits and a two-run home run, his 10th. Pedro Severino had two hits, including his ninth homer.

The Orioles had the bases loaded in the seventh and eighth innings, but Trey Mancini struck out to end the seventh, and Dwight Smith was caught looking to end the eighth.

“There’s not a whole lot of bright spots when you give up 18 runs in two games to the Padres,” Hyde said. “It’s tough to win that way.”

Rogers injured: Josh Rogers was placed on the 10-day injured list with a sprained ulnar collateral ligament. He allowed three runs in 2 1/3 innings on Tuesday night.

“I felt something in my elbow, just something different,” Rogers said. “I think all pitchers at every level kind of go through different types of elbow pain and soreness, that type of thing. I knew something yesterday was a little bit different. Super unfortunate and real disappointing, but hopefully I’ll be back stronger and better than ever.”

Rogers will go for a second opinion to Dr. Keith Meister in Arlington, Texas.

“I’m pretty concerned,” Rogers said. “I think the level of concern for everybody is pretty high. It’s not good. I know that.

“There’s pretty good evidence that there’s something wrong structurally and that hopefully I can come back better and stronger, but probably going to have to be repaired.”

Paul Fry, who had been optioned to Triple-A Norfolk on June 20, was recalled to take Rogers’ place on the roster.

Machado’s visit: In the two-game series, Manny Machado was 3-for-8 with a home run and two RBIs. It could be the last time Machado plays in Baltimore until 2022.

The Orioles play a two-game series in San Diego next month.

Henderson’s start: Gunnar Henderson, an Alabama high school shortstop who was the Orioles’ second-round choice, will begin his career at Gulf Coast in Sarasota, Florida. Henderson will turn 18 on Saturday.

Henderson was signed for a reported $2.1 million and decided to turn professional instead of attending Auburn.

“He was the best talent on the board, I think, by a good bit,” general manager Mike Elias said. “It was just a matter of whether we were gong to be able to sign him with the assigned value of the pick, and obviously we figured out a way to make it work.”

Henderson’s younger brother Cade is an Orioles fan. Cade’s favorite player was Manny Machado.

“He came down draft night in his Orioles pajamas, saying that’s who I was going to,” Henderson said.

Watson signs: The Orioles signed LSU outfielder Zach Watson, their third-round selection. Each of their top 11 picks has been signed. In all, 32 of their 41 picks have signed.

Means returning: Left-hander John Means is scheduled to come off the 10-day injured list to start Friday against Cleveland. Andrew Casher and Gabriel Ynoa are scheduled to start Saturday and Sunday.

Right-hander Matt Wotherspoon was optioned to Norfolk after Wednesday’s game.

DJ Stewart, who’s on the 10-day IL with a sprained right ankle, has begun playing rehab games with Gulf Coast.

Minor matter: The Orioles’ acquired infielder Patrick Dorrian from Pittsburgh as the player to be named later in the Yefry Ramirez trade. Dorrian reports to High-A Frederick.

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15 Comments

15 Comments

  1. Ekim

    June 26, 2019 at 9:56 pm

    NO COMMENT!

    • Ekim

      June 26, 2019 at 9:57 pm

      Say “thanks”, Rich…

    • Rich Dubroff

      June 27, 2019 at 7:06 am

      The comma goes before the close quote, Ekim: Say “thanks,” Rich…

    • Ekim

      June 27, 2019 at 10:52 am

      How much do I owe you for the punctuation lesson? Let me know and I’ll get it off to you…

  2. Boog Robinson Robinson

    June 27, 2019 at 7:15 am

    How in the wide, wide world of sports, is the O’s bullpen going to survive the possible loss of Rogers?

    • Bhoffman1

      June 27, 2019 at 9:39 am

      By resigning Straily

    • Rich Dubroff

      June 27, 2019 at 11:16 am

      Bruce, Straily is at Norfolk.

    • Bhoffman1

      June 27, 2019 at 12:58 pm

      That was a joke

      • Boog Robinson Robinson

        June 28, 2019 at 7:06 am

        I got it.

  3. Orial

    June 27, 2019 at 8:47 am

    Rich you’ve gotta get yourself a “form letter” describing another pitching debacle and just paste it up each morning. It has to be tough being creative in reporting these losses. Better days are coming. I must say though that these influx of draft signings combined with the 7/2 International signing period does give a little joy. Looking for silver linings.

    • Rich Dubroff

      June 27, 2019 at 11:18 am

      Dear Orial:

      Thank you for your interest in the Orioles’ pitching staff.

      Your friend,

      Rich

  4. Bhoffman1

    June 27, 2019 at 11:13 am

    Well we broke the record for 5 HR per game in a season in less then half a season. I say move the walls back
    unless we promote the whole staff from Bowie and get rid of everyone here except for Means and Cashner.lol

    • Boog Robinson Robinson

      June 27, 2019 at 11:53 am

      Move the wall back … that’s a good idea Bruce. The entire league should move the walls back. And raise the mound while you’re at it. Bring pitching, defense, bunting, the hit & run and baserunning back in to vogue. Call the strike zone as it it is in the rule book. These things would also help shorten the time it takes to play a game, not to mention making the game itself, much more exciting. I know that chicks dig the long ball, but frankly, all these home runs are getting blase and too commonplace. Who CAN’T hit it out? It’s like watching the dunk contest in the NBA all star game.

  5. cb

    June 27, 2019 at 2:24 pm

    Casual fans don’t understand the beauty of a 2-1 game. They think nothing has happened. That said, the first thing they should do is de-juice the baseball.

  6. Raymo

    June 28, 2019 at 7:50 pm

    Loved all the comments today, from the punctuation lesson, to the form letter, to the recommendations to move the walls back and raise the mound. Let’s get back to baseball instead of home run derby.

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