Orioles' Blach gives up 7 runs in 2nd and gets a demotion; offense struggles; Armstrong goes on IL - BaltimoreBaseball.com

Rich Dubroff

Orioles’ Blach gives up 7 runs in 2nd and gets a demotion; offense struggles; Armstrong goes on IL

BALTIMORE—It was difficult to discern who the Baltimore Orioles and Tampa Bay Rays were. It’s Players’ Weekend in Major League Baseball, and for the occasion, the Rays were outfitted in home whites with names and numbers nearly impossible to read

The Orioles, who usually wear black tops on Fridays, wore all-black uniforms, making them resemble a softball team. Their names and numbers were only slightly easier to read.

Nicknames that the players used included the familiar, “Crush” for Chris Davis and Chance “Sisco Kid.” But there were others, “Boomer” for Trey Mancini, “Aqua Blanca” for Anthony Santander, Stevie Wilkerson’s “Breeze” and “Villa Hermosa” for Miguel Castro.

Whatever their names, the Orioles dropped a 7-1 decision to the Tampa Bay Rays, losing for the second straight night.

Ty Blach, who started in New York and Boston, pitched for the first time in Baltimore and allowed seven runs in a second inning when he faced 11 batters.

Austin Meadows’ 23rd home run, a grand slam, and Mike Zunino’s two-run single were the big hits.

“I just felt like the longer the inning got, the worse my execution got,” Blach said. “and I couldn’t put them away with two outs there. Two outs, one run in, you can deal with that. I couldn’t make a pitch with two outs.”

Blach, who was optioned to Triple-A Norfolk after the game, has allowed 21 hits in 13 1/3 innings. He has a horrid 12.15 ERA in starts against New York, Boston and Tampa Bay.

“I feel like there’s a lot of good teams out there, obviously a lot of good hitters,” Blach said. “You’ve got to be able to execute pitches. You’ve got to be able to throw multiple pitches for strikes and work ahead. Otherwise, they’re going to beat you.


“I feel like the numbers don’t necessarily show how well I threw the first two outings. Today, I got two outs, and I’ve just got to make one more pitch somehow and get through that inning. For the most part, I feel like I’m really close, but the numbers haven’t shown it.”

After Thursday night’s rain-delayed game, manager Brandon Hyde hoped Blach would be able to give the Orioles an extended outing.

While Blach was flailing away in the second, neither pitching coach Doug Brocail nor Hyde visited the mound and the bullpen was quiet.

Dillon Tate, recalled before the game, warmed up later but didn’t come in until the fifth. Tate and Gabriel Ynoa combined for five scoreless innings.

“Those last five innings were some of the best innings we pitched all year,” Hyde said.

“They were aggressive and our guys were making pitches early in the count. Got some double-play balls. Good defense. Really just one bad inning.”

Trevor Richards allowed just two hits in six innings to the Orioles. Jonathan Villar homered with two outs in the eighth, his 18th, for their only run.

“I just felt like we were so aggressive early,” Hyde said. “I don’t mind being aggressive early, but I like to see some good swings on the baseball and I just felt like we just let him pitch. Made it too easy for him by just a lot of weak contact early in the count. Obviously, the game was two hours and [25 minutes], because we just made a ton of quick outs and didn’t make the pitchers work at all.”

Armstrong on the shelf: Shawn Armstrong was placed on the 10-day injured list with a strained right forearm, retroactive to August 22. Armstrong was replaced on the roster by Tate, recalled from Triple-A Norfolk.

“I don’t see him missing much time after the 10 days,” Hyde said. “He got checked out today. I’m confident he should be OK after the 10 days is up.”

Tate pitched three scoreless innings in relief of Blach.

“I think covering the innings’ portion is the most important thing,” Tate said. “In that situation you’re just supposed to come up and eat innings for the team and I was glad I was able to do that.”

Minor awards: Bowie left-handed pitcher Zac Lowther was named to the Eastern League postseason All-Star team. Zach Jarrett, an outfielder now with the Baysox, was named to the Carolina League postseason All-Star team.

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  1. Fareastern89

    August 24, 2019 at 7:14 am

    “Whatever their names” is a great phrase here, Rich. The names change but the results do not, and the Norfolk shuttle carries on. But Harvey does seem to be in a different class, and Tate looks like he could be a keeper — their stuff just looks significantly better than the interchangeable AAAA guys the team has cycled through here this season. That’s not a complaint — everyone should have known this season would test fans’ endurance — but it’s good to see a few more talented guys with higher ceilings appear.

  2. boss61

    August 24, 2019 at 7:53 am

    I agree on the weird uniforms. Baseball is full of too many gimmicks and players weekend certainly is one. Tate looked pretty impressive. I am somehow reminded of a young Oil Can Boyd.

    I’ll be there tonight. Will my Bergesen-35 shirt-sey get tweeted by Rich as the jersey of the day? Time will tell.

    • Fareastern89

      August 24, 2019 at 8:52 am

      Glad Tate did not remind you of Bergesen.

    • Rich Dubroff

      August 24, 2019 at 10:00 am

      Only jerseys are eligible, Mark, no

  3. CalsPals

    August 24, 2019 at 8:18 am

    Paraphrase an old Michigan coach…”What do you think of the execution of yours pitchers today?” “Fine with me”…not sure I agree w/Hide, not replacing his pitcher in the second inning when they were still in the same time zone…go O’s…

    • Rich Dubroff

      August 24, 2019 at 10:01 am

      It was actually John McKay, the old USC coach, who uttered a similar phrase when he coached the nascent Tampa Bay Bucs.

    • CalsPals

      August 24, 2019 at 3:30 pm

      Thx, from Ohio, tough acknowledging anything for Michigan…lol…go O’s

  4. joecap1946

    August 24, 2019 at 8:45 am

    No situational hitting at all. This team won’t hit the ball to the off field. We had 2nd and 3rd 1 out. Nothing.

    Ray’s first 4 hits to opposite field which led to 7 runs.

    Oh well

    • SpinMaster

      August 24, 2019 at 9:51 am

      I agree that our situational hitting leave a lot to be desired. I know it is a young team, but this far into the season these young players should know how to hit to the opposite field, take a walk (i.e. work the count) or even push a bunt down a baseline. Far too many of our young hitters try to hit the home run and wind up popping out or grounding out. Mancini and Santander are culprits right now.

  5. Bancells Moustache

    August 24, 2019 at 8:55 am

    I liked the uniforms. Didn’t care for Tampas, and the all-white vs all-black thing is a bit uninspired, but I would love to see the Orioles incorporate an all-black set as a night alternate. A nice nod to the old Ned Hanlon Orioles of the 1890s, who are criminally underrepresented at OPACY and in Orioles history. And I don’t think they look like a softball team. In the 70s and 80s colored uniforms were the norm. It wasn’t until the 94 strike, when MLB started groveling before the “when it was a game” crowd that everyone dressed like they were in Ebbets Field i.e. as boring as possible.

  6. Mickraut

    August 24, 2019 at 9:10 am

    You are so right. 1894,5 and 6 National League champions. Six future hall-of-famers.
    If not statues, then why not a huge bronze plaque by the statues, acknowledging the 6 and and their championships ?

  7. Boog Robinson Robinson

    August 24, 2019 at 9:32 am

    I thought there was a pajama party going on last night. (not that there’s anything wrong with that)

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