Bullpen, offense fail to deliver in Orioles' loss to Mariners; Zimmermann's demotion; Minor leagues return - BaltimoreBaseball.com

Rich Dubroff

Bullpen, offense fail to deliver in Orioles’ loss to Mariners; Zimmermann’s demotion; Minor leagues return

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The Orioles hoped that in their sixth try to get to the .500 mark, they’d be successful. Until the eighth inning of Tuesday night’s game against the Mariners, it seemed as if they had a good chance.

However, Seattle scored four runs against the Orioles’ bullpen and beat Baltimore, 5-2, before 6,504 at T-Mobile Park on Tuesday night.

Orioles reliever Travis Lakins (1-3) loaded the bases when Sam Haggerty led off with a base hit, and Mitch Haniger and Ty France walked. Tanner Scott relieved Lakins and gave up a a sacrifice fly to Kyle Seager and a three-run home run to Kyle Lewis, his third of the season.

The Orioles (14-16) had many scoring opportunities but left 12 runners on base. They left the bases loaded three times, and they’re 1-for-18 with runners in scoring position in the series.

“We had so many opportunities to score and didn’t get the big hit,” manager Brandon Hyde said. “We had traffic on the bases multiple times, couldn’t drive them in, and that led to a tight game, and led to a 1-1 game in the eighth inning.

“Travis Lakins’ last couple of games have been a little bit of a hiccup. He’d been really good up to that point. Tanner Scott came in, and threw strikes, and we got beat. We beat ourselves by not being able to push runners across earlier in the game.”

Rafael Montoro (3-1) threw 1 2/3 scoreless innings for Seattle. After Keynan Middleton was forced to leave the game in the ninth, Robert Dugger finished the inning for his first save, although he allowed an RBI single to Trey Mancini.

Mancini had three hits, his second three-hit game of the season.

The Orioles scored their first run on Rio Ruiz’s home run, his third, in the fifth.

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Jorge López gave up a home run to Seager in the fourth. López allowed a run on three hits in 4 1/3 innings.

He walked two and struck out four. In five of his six starts, López has failed to complete the fifth inning.

“It’s something I have to work on,” López said. “The last couple of outings have been the same and same and same. I haven’t been thinking about that.

“It doesn’t have to be like that. It’s frustrating. I know everybody wants to get seven innings as a starter. I’ve got to do a better job of getting through those [innings.]

Lopez didn’t get much support.

“I’d love to get a lead so that I could try to get him through the fifth,” Hyde said. “It would be nice, but we’re just not allowing that to happen.”

Zimmermann’s demotion: Starter Bruce Zimmermann was optioned to the alternate site before Monday night’s game. He’ll pitch for Triple-A Norfolk as the Orioles try to limit his innings, as they did with Dean Kremer last month.

“Giving him a little bit of a breather,” Hyde said. “A reset in a lot of ways. Probably shorten up his outings to keep those innings limited but continue to work on the things that he’s been working on here and, hopefully, see us back here real soon.”

Zimmermann is eligible to return on May 13th, which is a scheduled offday. The team will next need a fifth starter on May 11th.

“I thought Zimm has done a nice job,” Hyde said. “He’s learning at the big league level in a tough league, tough division. He’s going to be back soon.”

Minor leagues return: Catcher Adley Rutschman was hitless in five at-bats, striking out three times, in the Bowie Baysox’s 2-1 win over the Altoona Curve in the first minor league action since September 2019.

DL Hall allowed two hits in 4 1/3 scoreless innings. Hall struck out 10 and walked two.

Grayson Rodriguez pitched four scoreless innings, allowing a hit and two walks while striking out five, as the Aberdeen IronBirds beat the Wilmington Blue Rocks, 10-1.

It was Aberdeen’s first game as the Orioles’ High-A affiliate.

Rightfielder Kyle Stowers had three RBIs, including a two-run home run. Shortstop Joey Ortiz had three hits and designated hitter Johnny Rizer had a two-run home run.

Stowers, Ortiz and Rizer were all high draft choices in 2019.

Conner Greene allowed seven runs, six earned on five hits, walking four in 1 2/3 innings as the Norfolk Tides lost to the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp, 11-5.

Tyler Nevin had a two-run home run.

Delmarva’s game with Salem was suspended because of rain after 1 ½ innings with the Shorebirds trailing, 3-2. Gunnar Henderson hit a two-run home run for Delmarva.

The suspended game will be resumed Wednesday at 5:05 pm at Arthur W. Perdue Stadium before the regularly scheduled game. The Shorebirds are the only Orioles’ minor league team to be home this week.

This season, each minor league team will play six-game series from Tuesday-Sunday. Mondays are offdays.

Notes: Former Orioles left-hander Wade LeBlanc signed a minor league contract with the Milwaukee Brewers. … John Means (3-0, 1.70) will face Seattle left-hander Yusei Kukuchi (1-1, 4.40) on Wednesday at 3:40 pm.

Call for questions: I’ll be answering questions about the Orioles later this week. You may leave yours in the comment box below or email them to: [email protected].

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22 Comments

22 Comments

  1. AR-Watch-2021

    May 5, 2021 at 9:31 am

    Rough first game for Rutschman at AA.

    Hope Means can keep his streak of strong starts going this afternoon.

  2. Icterus fan

    May 5, 2021 at 9:37 am

    Pulling for Rutsch!
    I just hope the hype surrounding his pedigree

    • Icterus fan

      May 5, 2021 at 9:38 am

      …doesn’t affect him too much. He’s got all the skills and seems to work well with the young pitchers.

  3. willmiranda

    May 5, 2021 at 10:51 am

    The manager says it would be nice if Lopez could get through five innings, but we are not allowing that to happen. Of course, “we” in this case is the manager, who pulls him out of games. I’m not flacking for Lopez, but he’s being pulled early, last night after giving up only one run. The previous time I also believe it was one or two runs, although the reliever who followed let two of Lopez’s baserunners score. He seems to be on a very short leash for someone being given a chance to show what he can do. This is not the World Series; the O’s are not even a .500 team; taking a modest chance in a couple games is not going to ruin the season. Sometimes people have to be allowed to fail rather than be “rescued” each time they falter. I’m not arguing with people who don’t think Lopez belongs in the rotation, nor am I agreeing with them; I’m just saying that if you’re giving a man a chance, give a man a chance.

    • AR-Watch-2021

      May 5, 2021 at 11:16 am

      Not sure Lopez can go 5 let alone 6 or 7. His OPS against after 25 pitches is 0.882 for his career and 1.035 in 2021. He might make a good opener as previously suggested here on BB. Or DFA Armstrong, bring up Lowther/Akin, and Lopez to bullpen.

    • Boog Robinson Robinson

      May 5, 2021 at 11:28 am

      I hear what you saying WM, but I’m not going to fault Hyde in this case. I think the guy is trying to as many games as he possibly can, despite the hand he’s been dealt by the organization. I for one, appreciate that effort. Besides … utilizing a long leash is not why you carry 13 or 14 pitchers at a time.

    • CalsPals

      May 5, 2021 at 12:29 pm

      Lopez has been around, I appreciate Hyde trying to win, especially with what he’s been dealt, but stretching Lopez doesn’t seem to matter, he’s 28 & been around, if he were younger I would agree he needs to battle through some things, at this point in his career there really shouldn’t be any surprises, we’ll see…go O’s…

    • Icterus fan

      May 5, 2021 at 1:39 pm

      WillMiranda, great solid post.
      Keep ‘em in a bit. Wisdom comes from experience experience comes from mistakes.

    • dlgruber1

      May 5, 2021 at 3:39 pm

      I think Hyde this season alone has pulled more pitchers after 4.2 innings than Buck did in his career in Baltimore. As much as I loved Buck it used to drive me nuts that he’d leave a pitcher in to try to finish 5 “so he could get the win”, only to end up losing the game. I’ve said before I think the O’s lost as many games in the 5th inning as they did in the 9th while Buck was manager.

  4. Jeffpop

    May 5, 2021 at 12:13 pm

    Sisco : good arm, no bat. Something needs to happen with that
    Armstrong: gasoline on the fire. Please do that somewhere else

    • Boog Robinson Robinson

      May 5, 2021 at 12:32 pm

      He has the bat. Stay the course … make him the starter and see where it goes. Severino certainly has no future here.

      • Birdman

        May 5, 2021 at 1:04 pm

        Gotta hand it to you, Boog … you remain loyal to your man Sisco, even after yesterday (another 0-3 game for Sisco, with 6 runners left on base).

        • Boog Robinson Robinson

          May 5, 2021 at 3:20 pm

          When I see this guy get a fair shot, and fail, I’ll be more than happy to admit I’m wrong, which I’ve been many, many times. But I’m not ready to concede this one just yet. Most around here were ready to write off Mullins a couple years ago as well. A few of us stood by him.

          The problem now is that DH is taken by the Mancini/Mountcastle tandem and Sisco is missing those at bats. Sisco is going to hit … I’m just not sure if it will be for us.

    • CalsPals

      May 5, 2021 at 12:54 pm

      I think Sisco needs some sustained playing time, nothing he has gotten in the majors…go O’s…

  5. AR-Watch-2021

    May 5, 2021 at 3:04 pm

    From June-August 2019, Sisco played in 64.4% of the Orioles games, across a full season that would have worked out to 104 game. In 2019, starting catchers averaged about 108 games. Sisco had a great June 2019 over 15 games with an OPS of 1.033. Sisco played in 16 games in July with OPS of 0.578, he also played 16 games in August with OPS of 0.663. Playing consistently over July and August 2019 Sisco slashed 0.198/0.289/0.327/0.616.

    • Boog Robinson Robinson

      May 5, 2021 at 3:26 pm

      So for those of us that are mathematically challenged … is that good or bad?

      Is this Pajama Boy?

    • CalsPals

      May 5, 2021 at 3:28 pm

      Of course it is, new name this week, next week it’ll be something else, multi-personalities…go O’s…

      • Boog Robinson Robinson

        May 5, 2021 at 5:19 pm

        At least I get the name this time.

    • CalsPals

      May 5, 2021 at 5:47 pm

      :)….go O’s…

  6. CalsPals

    May 5, 2021 at 6:08 pm

    Means throws a no-no…congrats & go O’s…

    • Boog Robinson Robinson

      May 5, 2021 at 7:51 pm

      Adley would have blocked that pitch.

    • CalsPals

      May 5, 2021 at 8:28 pm

      Agreed….go O’s….

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