Game 1: Orioles lose 11th in a row as Harvey gives up 5 runs in 3 innings - BaltimoreBaseball.com

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Game 1: Orioles lose 11th in a row as Harvey gives up 5 runs in 3 innings

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Orioles starter Matt Harvey struggled again in the first game of a doubleheader against the Chicago White Sox, allowing five runs in three innings in a 7-4 loss Saturday.

It was the 11th consecutive loss for the Orioles and their longest skid since losing 13 in a row in September 2009. They’ve lost 18 of their past 20 games.

“Things are really just not going our way in general,” said Harvey, who lost his fifth consecutive game and has fallen to 3-6 with a 6.84 ERA. “I missed a couple of pitches over the middle that really cost us and cost me today. Last two starts I felt like I had much better stuff than I even had at the beginning of the season.

“It’s just kind of one of those things that’s extremely frustrating when you know you have good stuff, you’re just not really locating as well as you need to be and not keeping runs off the board.”

Shortstop Freddy Galvis homered twice for the Orioles and now has nine home runs, second on the club behind Trey Mancini (11). Maikel Franco also connected for the Orioles, who went 0-for-4 with runners in scoring position after going 0-for-12 in Thursday night’s 5-1 loss to the White Sox.

“Freddy has been swinging the bat well this past month, left- and right-handed,” manager Brandon Hyde said. “It’s good to see Franco stay on the baseball and go dead center.”

The Orioles are batting .286 with runners in scoring position in their wins and .189 in their losses.

Orioles prospect Tyler Nevin made his major league debut on his 24th birthday and hit a ground-rule double in his first at-bat. Nevin went 1-for-2 with a walk and was charged with an error at first base.

Anthony Santander had a first-inning double and extended his hitting streak to 10 games.

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Galvis’ second home run of the series off Chicago left-hander Dallas Keuchel gave the Orioles a 1-0 lead.

Harvey had trouble locating his pitches and allowed an RBI single by Jose Abreu that tied the game, 1-1, in the bottom half.

Harvey walked the first two batters to open the third inning. The runner advanced on a wild pitch and scored on an Abreu single. Harvey then allowed a two-run homer to Jake Lamb for a 5-1 lead.

“Mechanically, I feel great,” Harvey said. “The stuff is there. Sometimes I am not locating the spot that I need to hit. They’re making good swings on it or fouling pitches off and making the pitch count go up. I have to keep working.”

The Orioles cut the margin to 5-3 on the home run by Franco and a fielder’s choice by Pat Valaika that scored Ryan Mountcastle, who hit a triple off Keuchel. Mountcastle was back in the lineup for the first time since being hit on the left hand with a pitch Tuesday in Minnesota.

Harvey faced one batter in the fourth and was removed after an error by Nevin. Harvey has allowed 28 runs (18 earned) and 33 hits in his last five appearances (17.2 innings).

“Today I thought he had really good stuff to start the game,” Hyde said. “Thought he had a good second inning. The third inning, a ground ball single, just made some bad pitches there in that third inning. Balls were elevated, two-seamer that caught a lot of the plate there with Lamb. Just had a tough time finishing hitters.”

Travis Lakins Sr., who was added as the 27th man for the doubleheader, entered and held down the White Sox for 1 1/3 innings.

Yoan Moncada hit a two-run homer off Shawn Armstrong in the sixth that gave the White Sox a 7-4 lead. Oriole pitchers gave up six walks and three of the runners scored.

Keuchel(4-1) had entered the game with a 3-2 record with a 2.81 ERA and 1.188 WHIP in eight starts against the Orioles. He allowed four runs and eight hits with two strikeouts and one walk in five innings.

18 Comments

18 Comments

  1. Icterus fan

    May 29, 2021 at 6:39 pm

    DJ Stewart is a defensive liability. He awkwardly caught a pop up in game 1 (the norm) and just now flubbed a foul ball down the right field line in game 2. I know; the sun was in his eyes and he was probably gun shy about running into something.
    Whatever, I’m sick of seeing him staggering around out there.

    • Jeffpop

      May 29, 2021 at 9:03 pm

      Omg, the guy is a total liability out there and it’s not as if he’s in the lineup for his bat either. Send him down and let’s try somebody else. What is there to lose exactly??

    • Unoptionable-Option

      May 29, 2021 at 9:13 pm

      DJ Stewart did not play in the field in game 1 today, he pinch hit for McKenna in the top of the 7th.

      DJ Stewart seems more comfortable in LF than RF, he actually has positive Defensive Runs Saved while in LF but negative DRS while in RF. Not sure why that is though…

    • Icterus fan

      May 29, 2021 at 9:35 pm

      Well then he had his blunders in one game then. That’s comforting.
      I know he has potential, but he’s injury prone and makes boneheaded decisions out there. Each time he camps under a fly ball, the suspense builds. And that huge looping swing of his at the plate – he clocked their catcher in the head today. Wish he could cut down on that swing some. Whatever; I suppose it’s a minor issue in light of the current problems this team has.

  2. CalsPals

    May 29, 2021 at 7:05 pm

    Billy Hamilton, seriously…go O’s…

    • CalsPals

      May 29, 2021 at 7:13 pm

      Gold glove SS strikes again, Means 3 runs in 4.2 innings…go O’s…

    • Bhoffman1

      May 29, 2021 at 7:23 pm

      Cal my guy Mason Williams is hitting 383 with a ops of 1047 for the Mets triple A team. Never given a chance here . What did they give him 11 at bats last year.

    • CalsPals

      May 29, 2021 at 7:37 pm

      If that many…go O’s…

      • Unoptionable-Option

        May 29, 2021 at 8:10 pm

        Williams had 18 ABs and 2 H in 2020 for the Orioles. Would be interesting to see how he does if the Mets call him up…

    • Bhoffman1

      May 29, 2021 at 8:40 pm

      Geezus 18 at bats and shuffled back and forth from the alternate site that’s a real opportunity to show what you can do

      • Unoptionable-Option

        May 29, 2021 at 8:51 pm

        Williams has over 3,500 plate appearances in the minors with 0.279 batting average and 0.726 OPS. Orioles OF in 2020 had Mountcastle, Mullins, Santander, Hays, and Stewart – they all had pretty good seasons in 2020.

        Williams could be the next Mike Yastrzemski, late bloomer though I suppose…

  3. Icterus fan

    May 29, 2021 at 7:50 pm

    Bullpen continues to be woeful. Tanner Scott bouncing balls in front of the dish. Shawn Armstrong, well, say no more.
    Fortunately Sulser appears to have gained confidence and Fry has been pretty consistent.
    Hendriks with 2 saves in one day. Why not.
    0-21 anybody?

    • Jeffpop

      May 29, 2021 at 9:06 pm

      Can anyone possibly tell me why Shawn Armstrong is still pitching for this club? It’s just pathetic- really.

      • Unoptionable-Option

        May 29, 2021 at 9:21 pm

        I am going to go with because Hunter Harvey and Matt Sceroler are on injured list.
        Armstrong has had four good “seasons” but never pitched more than 15 innings in any of those four season. The two seasons he pitched more than 50 innings, his ERA was over 5 in each season. I suspect the Orioles will DFA Armstrong whenever Harvey or Sceroler have finished their rehab assignments.

  4. 33d St

    May 29, 2021 at 8:06 pm

    At this point Matt Harvey should be referred to as an Opener, not a Starter.

  5. Boog Robinson Robinson

    May 29, 2021 at 8:16 pm

    But Mikey says the Baysox are awesome!

    Just lose baby!

    • Bhoffman1

      May 29, 2021 at 8:42 pm

      Mikey says be patience he’s building a sustainable team.

  6. Unoptionable-Option

    May 29, 2021 at 8:17 pm

    In the minors, Aberdeen won to improve to 15-7. All other Orioles minor league games were PPD.

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