Orioles' Harvey is greeted warmly by fans but not by Mets in 7-1 loss; Hitters offer little support - BaltimoreBaseball.com

Rich Dubroff

Orioles’ Harvey is greeted warmly by fans but not by Mets in 7-1 loss; Hitters offer little support

Photo credit: Joy R. Absalon

NEW YORK—As Matt Harvey trotted to the mound at Citi Field for the first time as an opponent, Mets fans applauded. As Harvey began to warm up, their applause grew louder, and then they began standing.

When Harvey came to the plate in the top of the second, they stood again.

Unfortunately for the Orioles, that was the highlight of Harvey’s day. He gave up a season-high seven runs in a 7-1 loss before 8,035 on Wednesday.

Harvey was a star in New York, starting the All-Star Game in 2013 and a World Series game in 2015 before things went south. He remembered it all.

“There was a lot of excitement, a lot of memories,” Harvey said. “Obviously, there’s been so many ups and downs here in this ballpark, this organization that I didn’t really know what to expect, and what the fans gave me out there was pretty incredible.

“I was holding back tears. I’m not going to lie about that. It was pretty hard holding them back. It reminded me of a lot of the good memories and coming off the field with an ovation like that, it brought a lot back. It was very special to me. It was something I’ll never forget.”

The Orioles (16-21) lost both games at Citi Field, where they’re 3-8, and are five games below .500 for the first time this season with the New York Yankees coming to Baltimore this weekend.

The Mets (18-13), winners of seven straight, had three-run innings in the second and fifth and scored another run in the third.

Harvey (3-3) watched his ERA increase from 3.60 to 4.81.

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“It was hard,” Harvey said. “This is a very special place for me. I’d like to say I gave everything I had here, especially in that 2015 run. It was something special. I left it all out there, for everybody, for our fans, for our teammates … Those memories definitely came in when I got some cheers, when I got the standing ovation. It was absolutely incredible.”

Kevin Pillar’s two-run triple, and José Peraza’s RBI single, the fourth of four consecutive hits to begin the second, gave the Mets a 3-0 lead.

Dominic Smith, who had three hits and three RBIs, had a run-scoring single in the third and a two-run double in the fifth.

By the time Smith came up, Harvey had left the game to another ovation, and Shawn Armstrong was in. Armstrong allowed another inherited run on Peraza’s second RBI single, and the Orioles were down, 7-0.

“I wish things went differently,” Harvey said. “I wish the score was flip-flopped. My job is to go out and keep runs off the board, and I didn’t do that, regardless of who you’re playing.

“The situation was a rough one. I felt like I made some decent pitches. They were tough. They made me work. They hit the ball the other way well. They went against the scouting report that I had used from the previous games. They did a good job. They hit the ball where we weren’t and made me work. They got some timely hits. You always had traffic. It was one of those where balls weren’t hit very hard. They got some runs across.”

Trey Mancini’s two-out, first-inning double against Taijuan Walker (3-1) was the Orioles’ only hit until the sixth. Cedric Mullins led off the sixth with a single and, after Austin Hays flied to center, Mancini singled again, but the threat ended with Ryan Mountcastle’s inning-ending double play.

Hays had two extra-base hits taken away by outstanding plays. Pillar leaped high in front of the wall in left-center in the first. In the third, rightfielder Michael Conforto made a diving catch of a liner by Hays.

“We drove a few that they made some great defensive plays on, and that changed the game early,” manager Brandon Hyde said.

Last September, with the Orioles trying to reach .500, Conforto made a long running catch in right on a Rio Ruiz drive with the bases loaded to send the Orioles to a loss that began a decisive five-game losing streak.

Walker allowed a run in the seventh when Freddy Galvis walked, and Ruiz singled with one out. Galvis scored on Chance Sisco’s infield out. In seven innings, Walker gave up the run on four hits.

“We’re facing some good pitching,” Hyde said. “These guys have an under-3 team ERA. We’re scuffling. We’re having a tough time putting rallies together.”

The Orioles loaded the bases against Robert Gsellman in the eighth, but Maikel Franco lined out to second to end the inning.

Orioles reach vaccine threshold: More than 85 percent of the Orioles’ players, coaches and staff have been vaccinated, and they’re able to have their Covid-19 protocols relaxed, the team announced.

They no longer must wear masks in the dugout, bullpen or the weight room. Masks still must be worn in the clubhouse.

Notes: Dean Kremer (0-3, 6.23 ERA)  will face Corey Kluber (2-2, 3.06) when the Orioles play the Yankees in the first of a three-game series on Friday night at Orioles Park. Jorge López (1-3, 5.63) will face Domingo Germán (2-2, 4.02) on Saturday night, John Means (4-0, 1.21) will face Jordan Montgomery (2-1, 3.96) on Sunday afternoon. … Rightfielder Anthony Santander, who is on the 10-day injured list because of a sprained left ankle, is running the bases, according to Hyde. The manager also said relief pitcher Hunter Harvey, who’s on the 60-day injured list because of a strained left oblique, is preparing to throw simulated games. Both are in Sarasota, Florida. … Keegan Akin threw a scoreless sixth against the Mets, his first action for the Orioles this season. Akin is the 34th player used by the Orioles in 2021.

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29 Comments

29 Comments

  1. Bumble bee

    May 12, 2021 at 4:09 pm

    The seasons seems like a game of chutes and ladders. Two steps forward and then slip slide, down the chute and start all over again

    • CalsPals

      May 13, 2021 at 1:06 pm

      Sometimes I think it’s more like Clue or Sorry…LOL…Go O’s…

  2. Boog Robinson Robinson

    May 12, 2021 at 4:13 pm

    They way some of these guys play, they’d probably prefer to just keep the masks on.

    Naw c’mon guys….I’m just kidding! They’ll pull it all together soon and be playing top notch ball before we know it. I can feel it!

  3. Shamus

    May 12, 2021 at 4:44 pm

    Looking forward to seeing th

  4. Shamus

    May 12, 2021 at 4:47 pm

    Looking forward to seeing the younger Harvey stay healthy and close , and an everyday outfield of Hays, Mullins and Santander

  5. Icterus fan

    May 12, 2021 at 4:49 pm

    At least Chutes and Ladders is “fun”.

    Please……we are rebuilding…..it’s painful to watch and listen to, but were we really expecting (not hoping for) anything better than last place?

    Just show me hustle, heart and some fundamentals and I’ll be content for this year.

    I like our guys….(my best Buck Showalter impersonation)

    • CalsPals

      May 13, 2021 at 8:46 am

      I’m with you Icterus, sound fundamentals would be good:)…go O’s…

  6. dlgruber1

    May 12, 2021 at 5:07 pm

    I know it’s early in the season and the expectations were zero this year, except for a select few, but this team has really shown me something this year to the point where I think this weekend series is critical to their success or failure long term for this year. If Yanks come in to Baltimore and sweep them then suddenly they’re 8 games under .500 and who knows where they’ll go from there. If they can win the series, I know that’s highly unlikely, they’re back to just 4 games under and that’s very respectable for the schedule they’ve played. I’d hate to think two years in a row it’s a series against the Mets that turned their season south.

    • BirdsCaps

      May 12, 2021 at 5:26 pm

      Reasonable success for the year includes progress from the youngsters, flipping somebody for a few good prospects (i thought harvey might get a haul after his first few starts, but now I’m doubting that), and about 70-75 wins.

      • Boog Robinson Robinson

        May 12, 2021 at 9:10 pm

        Yeah, that’s exactly what we need. More prospects. 2028 anyone?

        • WorldlyView

          May 13, 2021 at 3:20 pm

          Agree with BRR. Question: If we traded Means and/or Mancini for another boatload of unproven prospects and the O’s sank to new depths of awfulness, would that put an end to the steady stream of rosy comments here that predict a win-loss turnaround is imminent or offer praise for the team’s hustle and the maturation of the youngsters? On a positive note, BRR’s 2028 date is too pessimistic by at least four years: there is ample talent at our AA and A levels.

  7. Ekim

    May 12, 2021 at 5:08 pm

    Just how many inherited runners has Armstrong allowed ON TOP OF HIS OWN? Einstein is credited with the statement “Insanity is doing the same thing over an over expecting different results.” With Armstrong, Hyde is now clearly certifiable! Just saying…

    • CalsPals

      May 12, 2021 at 5:39 pm

      :)…go O’s…

    • Rich Dubroff

      May 12, 2021 at 5:44 pm

      Armstrong has allowed nine of 11 inherited runners to score.

      • Boog Robinson Robinson

        May 12, 2021 at 9:11 pm

        Hey … it could be worse.

  8. Icterus fan

    May 12, 2021 at 7:07 pm

    BirdsCaps, good take right there IMO.
    It’s basically what I’ve mostly been trying to say, aside from the Harvey trade potential.

    I like our guys

    • dlgruber1

      May 12, 2021 at 7:49 pm

      Hands down, THE all time greatest fan appreciation video ever made for any sports team was the O’s 2012 version of “Glad You Came”. Having said that I think someone needs to come up with one and title it “I Like Our Guys”. Of course Buck would have to be somewhere in the credits for the song. I think in about 2 years it could be a smash hit in Baltimore to rival “Glad You Came”

      • Boog Robinson Robinson

        May 12, 2021 at 9:13 pm

        I’m ,more of a macarena man.

  9. Bhoffman1

    May 12, 2021 at 9:32 pm

    Just watched Andrew Vaughn number 3 draft choice in 2019 hit his first homer a missile. The number one draft choice that year is not ready. Did this guy have more experience then Adley inform me please

  10. Pure_Positive_PJs

    May 12, 2021 at 9:45 pm

    I would pin this loss on Sisco not being able to handle his elder pitchers but I am trying to keep things positive. Akins looked good and Rule 5 Wells looked good too!

  11. Pure_Positive_PJs

    May 12, 2021 at 9:50 pm

    Rejoice BBB Baltimore Baseball Brethren Adley hit his 2nd HR in AA and is batting 0.214!!! Surely ready for the MLB…

    • Bhoffman1

      May 12, 2021 at 9:55 pm

      How many homer computer man does your guy Sevy have

    • Bhoffman1

      May 12, 2021 at 9:59 pm

      The last I looked one homer and two RBI’s in 93 AB. Surely earning his money

    • Boog Robinson Robinson

      May 12, 2021 at 11:03 pm

      Your danged numbers mean nothing at this point.

      If he were batting 1.000 and have a home for each game he’s played, he’d be no more ready than he is right now. Damn right he’s ready. He’s as ready as anybody else in the minor leagues.

    • Bhoffman1

      May 13, 2021 at 8:25 am

      Agree this kid Vaughn that was drafted number three is no more ready then Adley plus our catching situation is dire. You know I liked Sisco but his swing and confidence at the plate looks terrible. Thank you Hyde you did a good job on him. He has no rhythm I can’t blame you 100 per cent but the way he has been handed hasn’t helped. At this point he needs to be anywhere but here.

      • Boog Robinson Robinson

        May 13, 2021 at 10:51 am

        Don’t give up on Sisco. He’d be tremendous as a backup catcher if they would only get him more regular at bats .. perhaps in a DH role.

    • CalsPals

      May 13, 2021 at 8:49 am

      Absolutely ready…go O’s…

    • Bhoffman1

      May 13, 2021 at 4:00 pm

      I won’t give up but he’s not making contact and when he does it’s weak. This is a guy that hit some homers that shot at of the park and use to make solid contact. He’s been terrible since the second half of last year even was terrible in spring training

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