Lopez allows 8 runs in 10-5 loss to Blue Jays; Urias looks to 2021; Most Valuable Oriole vote explained - BaltimoreBaseball.com

Rich Dubroff

Lopez allows 8 runs in 10-5 loss to Blue Jays; Urias looks to 2021; Most Valuable Oriole vote explained

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Very quickly, the Orioles were down by 10 runs to the Toronto Blue Jays, and even though they cut the deficit in half, it was another lopsided loss.

Toronto’s 10-5 win over the Orioles at Sahlen Field in Buffalo on Friday night was the third bad loss in the first four games of the season-ending road trip.

The Orioles lost the first two games to the Boston Red Sox 8-3 and 9-1 before winning 13-1 on Thursday night.

In games decided by five runs or more, the Orioles are 7-12, which is also their record in one-run games.

The Orioles are 24-34 with two games left in the 60-game 2020 season.

Starter Jorge López allowed eight runs on nine hits in two-plus innings. López, who was acquired on waivers from Kansas City on August 9th, was 2-2 with a 6.69 ERA with the Orioles.

“I thought for the most part he’s pitched very, very well here,” manager Brandon Hyde said. “It’s unfortunate that he ends his season with this start because I feel like there’s been a lot of positives he’s shown over the last month.”

The Orioles think López can compete for a back end of the rotation spot next spring.

“Tonight wasn’t his night,” Hyde said. “These guys have been swinging the bat well, and they hit the ball hard.

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“I like the adjustments that he’s made since he’s gotten here … He’s made some really good starts for us, and we do like his stuff.”

López is looking forward to 2021.

“I feel like I have to keep improving,” López said. “Each outing, I’ve tried to show how consistent I can [be]. Little things I can fix are mechanical.

“You never know, man. I’m happy with the organization and the opportunity they’ve given me and, hopefully, next year I’ll come back.”

Oriole nemesis Randal Grichuk started a six-run second inning, equaling the most runs allowed in an inning this season, with a home run. It was Grichuk’s 18th home run in 38 games against the Orioles.

Danny Jansen’s RBI single, Jonathan Villar’s sacrifice fly, Bo Bichette’s run-scoring single, and a two-run base hit by Teoscar Hernadez made it 6-0 after two.

RBI singles by Jonathan Davis and Villar increased Toronto’s lead to 8-0 in the third.

Travis Shaw’s two-run home run against Thomas Eshelman in the fourth put the Orioles behind 10-0.

Toronto starter Taijuan Walker set down the first nine Orioles in order and, because he’s getting ready for the postseason, Nate Pearson relieved him and recorded four outs.

Shun Yamaguchi gave up the four Orioles runs — back-to-back home runs by Ramón Urias, his first in the majors, and Cedric Mullins in the fifth, and a home run by Austin Hays and an RBI double by Hanser Alberto that scored Rio Ruiz in the sixth.

Mullins’ infield out in the ninth scored Alberto

Alberto and Ryan Mountcastle each had two hits.

Urias hopes for chance: Urias has started at second base and shortstop this week after rejoining the Orioles. In two stints with the Orioles, he’s 8-for-21 (.381).

A waiver claim from St. Louis at the beginning of spring training who missed time because of shin splints, Urias hopes he’s making a case to come back in 2021.

“During spring training, I wasn’t able to show them anything,” Urias said through a translator. “What I’m trying to do is take advantage of this opportunity right now and show them that I can be here.”

Most Valuable Oriole vote: Voting for the Most Valuable Oriole was a tricky process. I can’t remember any vote that took longer to decide.

I voted for rightfielder Anthony Santander, who won. My second choice was shortstop José Iglesias, and my third choice was relief pitcher Tanner Scott.

For most of the past two weeks, I was leaning toward a vote for Iglesias. Manager Brandon Hyde passionately explained how much better the Orioles are with Iglesias in the lineup.

The vote was more difficult because three of the leading candidates — Santander, Iglesias and Ryan Mountcastle — didn’t play the entire season.

Santander suffered a season-ending oblique injury in his 37th game. Iglesias, who missed time with quadriceps and wrist injuries, played his 38th game on Friday night. Mountcastle, who didn’t play his first game until August 21st, has played in 33.

With Iglesias starting at shortstop, the Orioles are 11-10. Although he’s been a strong hitter, his play at short has been affected by his quad injury. His defensive WAR is a career worst -.2.

Santander was excellent when he played. When Iglesias missed three additional games after he was hit by a pitch that bruised his left wrist, I decided to vote for Santander.

The choice of Scott over Mountcastle was a narrow one, too. Scott’s season has been outstanding. He’s allowed just 10 hits in 20 1/3 innings, and he’s the player who has shown the most improvement.

Mountcastle has been terrific, far better at bat, on the field and on the bases than expected. The guess here is that he’ll be in the Most Valuable Oriole conversation for many years to come.

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8 Comments

8 Comments

  1. Boog Robinson Robinson

    September 26, 2020 at 7:09 am

    Solid reasoning on your vote Rich.

    And yes, it’s a shame that Lopez’s stats will be sullied by the one outing. All in all, he’s been pretty solid.

  2. Rob IsraOsFan

    September 26, 2020 at 7:20 am

    Rich, I concur with your 1-2-3 of
    Santander-Iglesias-Scott. Can’t understand why Hyde doesn’t simply pitch around Grichuk…he obviously has our number!

  3. Orial

    September 26, 2020 at 8:34 am

    Agree about Lopez. He has generally been solid and yes that one bad outing will unfortunately rattle his numbers. He’s a keeper(for now). How about Hays’ arm and Sisco’ s sweep tags? Both impressive. Really wish Sisco could find his hitting niche because his catching has looked a lot better. Also impressive–Mullins in CF. Urias,Valaika,Martin should have a nice utility battle next spring. I assume Iglesias is a FA at season’s end. Don’t drag your feet on him Elias–bring him back.

    • Jersery O

      September 26, 2020 at 4:19 pm

      The Orioles have a club option on Iglesias. He will be back.

  4. Orioles20

    September 26, 2020 at 9:10 am

    I would give Urias a chance to get the second base job. With all guys that are arbitration eligible I wonder if Elias could move Alberto with him being second time eligible and expected a decent raise. He seems to have regressed a tad. I hope they pick up Iglesias option. Seems like Ruiz might get another chance seems to hit just enough. We need to get a better defensive catcher one that can help the young pitchers steal strikes with framing.

    • Orial

      September 26, 2020 at 10:27 am

      Those are valid points Orioles20. Yes Alberto has regressed and we all saw what happened to Villar when it came to money. Alberto seems to be a great guy and tremendous community person but he is expandable.

  5. Phil770

    September 26, 2020 at 11:12 am

    I think the O’s pitching suffers when Sisco catches, as does his batting. Needs to find another position, maybe a 2B platoon with Alberto.

  6. Birdman

    September 26, 2020 at 1:24 pm

    I don’t get the hurry some folks seem to be in to get rid of Alberto … the guy is only 27, hit .305 last year, hitting .294 this season, and leads the team in runs and hits … I know he has some weaknesses, but how many players on the Orioles don’t, and if they move Alberto, who do they have that it is going to be an upgrade at second base over the next couple of years?

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