BALTIMORE—In six of their last nine games, the Orioles have been held to a single run. Not coincidentally, the Orioles lost each of them.
On Friday night, Tyler Glasnow overpowered the Orioles for five innings, and the Rays’ bullpen shut them down for the rest of the game in a 2-1 loss to Tampa Bay.
The Orioles, who began the season 12-8, are 10-22 since, and won’t have a winning record in 2020. They have eight games remaining and are 6-12 in one-run games.
“It just seems like when we play these guys … we’re a hit or two away, we’re a pitch or two away, we’re a defensive play away from being on the other side,” manager Brandon Hyde said. “That’s frustrating.”
After Orioles starter Alex Cobb retired the first two Tampa Bay batters, Brandon Lowe singled. Mike Brosseau walked, and Nate Lowe singled to right, driving in Brandon Lowe.
“It’s so big to go out there in the first inning and shut the door, set the tone, and get your offense back out on the field,” Cobb said.
The Orioles blew an opportunity to score in the bottom of the first when Chance Sisco led off with a single. Austin Hays walked, and Rio Ruiz singled.
Third base coach José Flores held Sisco ,and Hays nearly was tagged out at second when he tried to retreat.
Bryan Holaday and Andrew Velazquez struck out, and Cedric Mullins flied to left, leaving the bases loaded.
“Tonight, we were knocking on the door,” Hays said. “We had the bases loaded with no outs. Usually when things are going really, really well and you’re scoring a bunch of runs, something crazy happens.”
The Rays’ Yoshi Tsutsugo led off the third with a fly to right that bounced out of DJ Stewart’s glove, but was ruled a triple. Tsutsugo scored on Brandon Lowe’s single for a 2-0 Rays lead.
Hays led off the fourth with a home run to left against Glasnow, his second. His first home run was an inside-the-park homer on August 11 at Philadelphia.
Glasnow struck out 10 in five innings, and lowered his ERA against the Orioles to 2.08 in six starts.
“It’s a tough at-bat from the first pitch on,” Hays said of Glasnow. “You’re just battling the whole time. When he makes a mistake, you have to take advantage of it.”
Oliver Drake, Aaron Loup, Nick Anderson and Ryan Sherriff combined to hold the Orioles to one hit in four scoreless innings of relief.
“I feel like we play competitive games against this team, which is a really good team with really good pitching,” Hyde said. “A lot of nights, we’re just one hit away from having the lead in the seventh instead of chasing like we do against these guys all the time.”
Cobb allowed two runs on four hits in six innings. He has yet to win a game at home in three seasons with the Orioles. He’s 1-5 with a 4.76 ERA.
“It’s been up and down,” Cobb said of his season. “I feel like it started off pretty well.”
Cobb said he’s been working on making mechanical adjustments with pitching coach Doug Brocail.
“I think it’s going to pay off a lot in the long run,” Cobb said. “It’s a challenge to do that in-season.
“I knew this year was going to have these types of moments where you’ve been up and down and try and find your delivery. It’s difficult. I think that the trajectory has been going up.”
The Orioles struck out 14 times, one short of their season high. Stewart and Holaday struck out three times each.
Completing Bleier, Givens trades: The Orioles received 18-year-old shortstop Isaac De León from Miami as the player to be named later in the July 31 trade for reliever Richard Bleier.
A native of the Dominican Republic, De León hit .256 with a home run and 20 RBIs for the Marlins’ Dominican Summer League team in 2019.
Colorado sent 18-year-old outfielder Mishael Deeson to the Orioles to complete the trade for reliever Mychal Givens. The Orioles also received infielders Tyler Nevin and Terrin Vevra from the Rockies.
Deeson hit .252 with a home run and 20 RBIs for Colorado’s Dominican Summer League team in 2019. He also stole 23 bases.
Both players were added to the Orioles’ 60-man player pool but won’t report to the Bowie alternate site because it’s late in the season and the intake and quarantine processes would be lengthy.
In order to make room in the 60-man pool, the Orioles released left-handed pitcher Rob Zastryzny from the alternate training site. He signed a minor league contract with the Orioles but never pitched for the team this season.
The Orioles also received a player to be named later in trades with Houston for pitcher Hector Velázquez and two from Atlanta for starter Tommy Milone. In the trade with the New York Mets for reliever Miguel Castro, the Orioles will receive a player to be named later or cash. They already received left-handed pitcher Kevin Smith.
The Orioles’ 40-man roster has 39 players.
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