Orioles lose for 10th time in 11 games; Brooks has another rough night; Eshelman optioned - BaltimoreBaseball.com

Rich Dubroff

Orioles lose for 10th time in 11 games; Brooks has another rough night; Eshelman optioned

Photo Credit; Joy R. Absalon

BOSTON—The last time Aaron Brooks pitched, the Orioles absorbed their second-worst defeat ever. While Brooks didn’t win against the Boston Red Sox six days after allowing nine runs in a 23-2 defeat, he at least kept the Orioles competitive for a time.

That time wasn’t nearly enough as the Boston Red Sox pulled away for a 9-1 win on Friday night.

After a brutal 10-game stretch that included seven games with the New York Yankees and three with the Houston Astros, the Orioles hoped that the defending World Series champions, who are far out of playoff contention, would make for a somewhat more competitive opponent.

Oriole pitching nearly avoided the home run ball, but Mookie Betts hit one against Tom Eshelman with two strikes and two outs in the eighth. They’ve now allowed at least one home run in 21 of the past 22 games. They also allowed six doubles and two triples.

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Overall, the Orioles have lost 10 of 11 and are 39-83. When the difficult stretch against contenders began on August 5, the Orioles were comfortably ahead of their 2018 pace when they were a horrifying 47-115. They’re currently three games ahead of where they were after 122 games a year ago.

“It’s really tough,” Trey Mancini said. “You could’ve looked at our schedule at the beginning of the year and probably argue that this would be the toughest part, but that’s just how the cookie crumbles, and nobody feels sorry for us.

“We don’t feel sorry for ourselves. Obviously, we haven’t been playing too well and haven’t really been playing in a lot of these games, unfortunately. We’ve clawed back in some, but tonight, [Rick] Porcello did a really good job of keeping our bats quiet.”

Brooks started out roughly when Betts doubled to begin the Boston first and scored on Rafael Devers’ single. After walking Xander Bogaerts, Brooks got J.D. Martinez to hit into a double play and Andrew Benintendi grounded back to Brooks to end the first.

The Orioles tied it in the third against Rick Porcello when Jonathan Villar singled with two outs and scored on Mancini’s double.

In the fourth, Martinez doubled with one out, and Benintendi followed with a triple. Mitch Moreland tripled to right with two outs, scoring Benintendi for a 3-1 lead.

DJ Stewart, who returned to active duty after he suffered a concussion on August 6, seemed to run down Moreland’s ball, but he misjudged at the end and the ball popped away.

It was the second time this season the Orioles had allowed two triples in a game. The last time came on July 22 in another game Brooks started.

Brooks was charged with five runs it 5 1/3 innings, the longest of his seven starts with the Orioles. He’s lost four of them.

“I kept us in the game longer than the last outing,” Brooks said. “I challenged hitters a lot better and made pitches when I needed. The results will come in whatever way they’re going to come. Physically, I felt a lot better.”

With the Orioles short on starting pitching, Brooks probably will stay in the rotation. He’s convinced things will turn around, and his 9.41 ERA will come down.

“I feel that way. I believe that way,” Brooks said. “The results, I kind of try not to focus on as much just going on and trying to do my job every night. I think we’re right there, and I’m excited to keep going.”

Brooks  hit Martinez to begin the sixth. Benintendi singled, and Christian Vazquez bunted both runners along. Richard Bleier then intentionally walked pinch-hitter Sam Travis.

Another pinch-hitter, Chris Owings, doubled with the bases loaded, and Jackie Bradley Jr. hit a sacrifice fly to center, giving the Red Sox a 6-1 lead.

“You can’t win when you’re down 6-1 in the seventh,” manager Brandon Hyde said. “We’ve just got to have our guys pitch a little bit better to give us a chance.”

Porcello worked six innings, allowing a run on four hits for the win. After Mancini’s double, Porcello gave up just one hit in 3 1/3 innings.

Boston added two runs against Eshelman in the seventh on Martinez’s sacrifice fly and Benintendi’s double. Benintendi fell a home run short of the cycle with a triple, single and double.

Chance Sisco was the only Oriole with multiple hits. He singled in the fifth and eighth.

After the game, the Orioles optioned Eshelman to Triple-A Norfolk. Eshelman is 1-2 with a 6.50 ERA in 10 games with the Orioles.

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10 Comments

10 Comments

  1. Ekim

    August 17, 2019 at 8:00 am

    Hyde… “We’ve just got to have our guys pitch a little bit better to give us a chance.” A LITTLE bit better.? OMG! It’s time for a reality check. The O’s have but two pitchers, in all, that might make it on another major league team. If they put all the pitchers presently on the team with the exception of Bundy and Means up for grabs with a “Rule 5” caveat that they had to stay on the team that chose them the only ones that might be taken would be Wojo, Armstrong and Givens (and I’d be praying that someone would take him.) I am convinced that this group, as a whole, couldn’t win at Triple A. This whole bunch might even struggle at Double A. Just saying…

    • WorldlyView

      August 17, 2019 at 3:58 pm

      With a pitching staff mostly made up of other teams castoffs, one should not expect major league caliber pitching. Last week, the 13 man pitching staff consisted of three home-grown members–Bundy, Means, and Givens. The remaining ten were gathered thru waivers, free agency, cash, etc. In other words, all were deemed expendable by other clubs who did not require a live body in return. This must be a MLB record for a paucity of in-house talent. Today, the O’s look for castoffs and hope for a turnaround. I’m old enough to remember when we had four 20-game winners.

  2. CalsPals

    August 17, 2019 at 8:00 am

    Option the guy w/era of 6.50 & keep the guy w/9.41, I’m sure that’s what analytics said to do, makes perfect sense to me, this season…maybe we could grab one of the New Jersey LL outfielders, maybe another Trout…no Stewarts…go O’s…

    • ClayDal

      August 17, 2019 at 8:49 am

      Brooks actually looked pretty good last night. The defense let him down and he ran out of gas in the 6th. Probably want Eshelman to start a few games at Norfolk before the rosters expand in September. Tanner Scott would look to be the call up-scoreless in last 5 appearances.

      • Jbigle1

        August 17, 2019 at 12:35 pm

        Aaron Brooks is also out of options. If you’re watching the baseball games I’d say Aaron Brooks looks a hell of a lot better than Eshelman. If Brooks was pitching mop up innings his ERA would probably be lower also.

    • ClayDal

      August 17, 2019 at 10:57 am

      I was wrong-Hunter Harvey instead

  3. Orial

    August 17, 2019 at 8:42 am

    If Hyde hasn’t learned yet he should–“never bring a relief pitcher in when men are on base”. They are simply awful at allowing inherited runners scoring. I know its impossible but —geesh. Please oh please this off season address that OF defense. Speaking of that–where the hell is Yusniel Diaz? Is he ever gonna make it?

    • Rich Dubroff

      August 17, 2019 at 9:56 am

      Orial, Yusniel Diaz is still only 22, and has had a decent season at Bowie (.796 OPS, with a .258 batting average and a .331 OBP). He has improved this year, but don’t look for him as a September callup. He’ll play in the majors, but not this year.

  4. willmiranda

    August 17, 2019 at 10:28 am

    Mancini, Santander, and Stewart are the best defensive outfield trio since Mora, Lopex and Singleton.

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