Laureano's catch, home run send Orioles to loss; Hays, Mancini have big hits; Zimmermann struggles - BaltimoreBaseball.com

Rich Dubroff

Laureano’s catch, home run send Orioles to loss; Hays, Mancini have big hits; Zimmermann struggles

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Ramón Laureano single-handedly ruined the Orioles’ chances for a sweep of their series in Oakland. Laureano made a spectacular catch against DJ Stewart in the top of the eighth, then hit a two-run home run in the bottom of the inning, sending the Orioles to a 7-5 loss on Sunday before 5,862 at Oakland Coliseum.

The Orioles (13-15) had won three straight and the first two against Oakland (17-12) but failed to win in their fifth attempt to get back to .500.

“I’m really proud of how our team played this series,” manager Brandon Hyde said. “Our bats today were good today against some good pitching.”

Trey Mancini, who had three RBIs, drove in two to tie the score at 4 in the fifth, and his seventh-inning single gave the Orioles a 5-4 lead.

Matt Chapman scored from second on an infield single against Paul Fry by Jed Lowrie in the bottom of the seventh to tie it at 5.

In the top of the eighth, Ryan Mountcastle doubled with one out. After Freddy Galvis popped out, Stewart hit a drive to center that was caught at the top of the wall by Laureano, saving at least a run. Laureano and the ball arrived at the fence at the same time, but he held on to the ball, which was in the top of the webbing in his glove.

Laureano’s two-run home run in the bottom of the eighth against Travis Lakins (1-2) gave Oakland the 7-5 lead.

With one out against Lou Trivino in the ninth, Austin Hays, who had homered in the fourth, walked but Mancini’s line drive was snagged by leftfielder Mark Canha, his second excellent play.

Trivino retired Franco on a grounder for his fifth save.

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Yusmeiro Petit (4-0) pitched a scoreless eighth, with a huge assist from Laureano, for the win.

The Orioles were looking for their first sweep in Oakland since 2005 but must be satisfied with winning two of three.

“We came in on the road, long flight, time change, a lot of variables thrown our way,” Hays said. “We were able to punch them in the mouth the first two games.

“They came out swinging early, and they were able to take advantage of some of Bruce [Zimmermann’s] mistakes. We fought back in there. We were able to take the lead. They just didn’t give in today, no matter what, didn’t give up any outs.

“We really hit the ball great late in the game. We were getting walks. We were getting runners on. We had opportunities. DJ put a great swing on the ball, and the play Laureano made, that’s going to be the No. 1 play on ESPN tonight.”

Zimmermann’s day: Zimmermann allowed four runs, one unearned, on seven hits in 4 2/3 innings. He struck out four and walked two.

The Orioles committed two errors on one play in the first, leading to a run, one by Stewart on a throw from right field and another by Ramón Urias, who failed to catch Stewart’s relay and threw it wildly to the plate, allowing Matt Olson to advance to third. He scored on Lowrie’s single.

Olson hit a two-run home run in the third to give Oakland a 4-2 lead.

Zimmermann has failed to complete five innings in his last three starts, and his ERA is 5.40.

“It’s a learning process,” Zimmermann said. “It’s the big leagues. It’s going to be difficult at times. I don’t think anybody, especially myself, I never expected it to be a smooth ride the entire time, but I think there some positives from this game that I can take away, especially moving on from the last couple of starts.”

Notes: Four of Laureano’s five home runs have come against the Orioles. … All four of Hays’ home runs have been hit against Oakland. … Mountcastle had two hits and has hit in seven straight. … Urias made two errors at second base, his first two errors in 14 games there. … Rightfielder Anthony Santander, who’s on the 10-day injured list because of a sprained left ankle, is progressing and should be beginning baseball activities soon, Hyde said. … Right-handed pitcher Hunter Harvey, who’s on the 60-day injured list because of a strained left oblique, is also progressing and should be ready to pitch when he’s eligible. … The Orioles begin a three-game series at Seattle on Monday night. Dean Kremer (0-2, 8.40 ERA)  will pitchfor the Orioles. The Mariners haven’t named a starter. Game time is 10:10 pm. … Jorge López (1-3, 7.48) will face face Justin Dunn (1-0, 3.98) on Tuesday night, and John Means (3-0, 1.70) will face Yusei Kukuchi (1-1, 4.40) on Wednesday.

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12 Comments

12 Comments

  1. dlgruber1

    May 2, 2021 at 10:00 pm

    Alas, yet another loss when they had the opportunity to get to .500. I’m not sure when it’s going to happen, but it will happen, and then they’ll probably struggle to get over .500, and that will happen as well, then the next thing you know they’ll be looking back at .500 for I believe a long time. It’s a process, it takes longer than we’d all like, but I truly believe it’s gonna happen. I don’t know if you’re still out there RobIsraOsfan (I still hate that name) but I’m thinking your prediction of 80 wins this year might actually be possible. It took a fantastic play by a great outfielder to stop the O’s from sweeping a first place team on the road at one of the places it’s been very difficult for ANY O’s teams to win. I’m an old man who was raised on winning Orioles teams and I for one am really pleased with the effort I’m seeing. As I said earlier, I have no idea when winning baseball on a regular basis will return to Baltimore, but it’s coming.

    • Boog Robinson Robinson

      May 2, 2021 at 10:18 pm

      It could be here THIS year. It’s a matter of when management is going to start trying, and let it happen. The pitching staff seems to be much improved, now let’s hold it together.

    • orf_nac_slaPslaC

      May 3, 2021 at 7:49 am

      The Orioles are 0-5 in their attempts to get back to 0.500, I did not realize they have had five shots at 0.500 already this season.

  2. Rob IsraOsFan

    May 3, 2021 at 4:08 am

    Hi Dave, still here, daily reading and enjoying the articles and comments as always.

    Actually I recall predicting 84 wins this year, and yes, still optimistic this will happen but only if my fellow countryman Kremer starts pitching way better.

    Still having trouble coming up with a new user name that won’t make you cringe whenever I post. I don’t have pajama boy’s natural ability to change user names on a weekly basis 🙂

    • orf_nac_slaPslaC

      May 3, 2021 at 7:51 am

      RIOF, it’s the nickname that’s changed and displayed…for you I think “WhoTheHeckIsDave?” would be the way to go!

      • Boog Robinson Robinson

        May 3, 2021 at 8:44 am

        Rob IsrOsFan ….. works for me. Don’t go changing ….

        And I kinda liked BrooksPJS as well …. All I can think if of “Dorf on Baseball” with your new one …

    • CalsPals

      May 3, 2021 at 9:39 am

      Tim Conway was pretty funny in that…go O’s…

  3. Bhoffman1

    May 3, 2021 at 8:18 am

    Yesterday on MLB network they were commenting how the Giants are in a rebuild mode but still want talent on the team and that a team can still win while rebuilding. BTW Gausman looked good. Doesn’t it feel better when we win instead of thinking this team to quote is not built to win. I don’t hate Urias either. He’s probably a great guy. I just think we have more talent at the alternate sites that can help win now over him. Plus one guy Valdez from the Mexican league is a cover story but two is stretching it a bit far.

    • Boog Robinson Robinson

      May 3, 2021 at 8:45 am

      Trying to win in the middle of a rebuild? Egad that’s just crazy thinkin …

    • CalsPals

      May 3, 2021 at 9:42 am

      Isn’t that heresy?….go O’s…

    • Icterus fan

      May 3, 2021 at 11:49 am

      Actually, what was heretical was letting this franchise degrade to the point that we were DOA, and in denial.
      Let’s get behind these kids and enjoy watching them play and learn. Mistakes will happen. Failure is not final.
      Carry on!

      • Boog Robinson Robinson

        May 3, 2021 at 12:30 pm

        Unfortunately, the infield (specifically the left side) needs to be weeded a bit.

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