Orioles' offense produces 13 runs in 2nd straight win over Astros; Mullins has 4 hits; Lakins injured - BaltimoreBaseball.com

Rich Dubroff

Orioles’ offense produces 13 runs in 2nd straight win over Astros; Mullins has 4 hits; Lakins injured

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Orioles manager Brandon Hyde acknowledged before Tuesday night’s game that he wasn’t happy with his options for a starter. Hyde had used six of his nine relievers in a win over the Astros on Monday night.

He settled on Travis Lakins, who had pitched four innings in relief against Toronto on Friday night.

“We’re just trying to piece it together,” Hyde said. “It’s not an ideal situation. A spot starter and a taxed bullpen.”

The Orioles, who were outscored 26-3 by the Houston Astros last week at Camden Yards, have won the first two games of the series at Minute Maid Park by scoring 22 runs. The offense has overcome 19 walks in two games by the pitchers.

Cedric Mullins had four hits, and Austin Hays and Maikel Franco each drove in three runs in a 13-3 win over the Astros on Tuesday night.

On Monday, the Orioles (26-54) walked 10 batters and won, 9-7. They followed it with by walking nine and winning a second straight.

“It’s a great opportunity for guys up and down the lineup to help produce some runs. It’s been really solid,” Mullins said. “We’re getting walks in the right situations and guys are coming up big in big spots.”

It was the first time the Orioles have won two straight since June 6-8, and their first series win since winning two of three against Cleveland on June 4-6.

Leading 4-3 after seven, they scored five runs in the eighth and four more in the ninth.

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It turned out that neither Lakins nor Houston starter José Urquidy made it through the second inning. Urquidy, who allowed a home run by Mullins, his 14th,  to begin the game, left after recording just four outs because of right shoulder discomfort.  Lakins allowed a run in the bottom of the second exited after 1 2/3 innings because of right elbow discomfort. He walked three, threw a wild pitch and hit a batter.

“He’s getting an MRI in the morning, and we’ll know more [Wednesday],” Hyde said.

Carlos Correa walked and moved to second on a wild pitch by Lakins, who then was called for a questionable balk call that advanced Correa to third. He scored on a sacrifice fly by Abraham Toro to tie the score, 1-1.

Lakins walked Myles Straw, hit Martin Maldonado with a pitch and walked José Altuve before he left the game in the second. He was replaced by Adam Plutko, who recorded the final two outs on Monday night.

Plutko retired Michael Brantley on a fly to left and pitched two scoreless innings.

“I didn’t know how we were going to finish the game to be 100 percent honest,” Hyde said. “I felt like we needed to try to squeeze at least three [innings] out of [Lakins] to start the game.”

Andre Scrubbs relieved Urquidy and pitched 2 2/3 scoreless innings. The Orioles took a 3-1 lead in the fifth against Ralph Garza.

With one out, Franco and Austin Wynns singled, and both moved up on a passed ball by Maldonado. With two outs, Hays singled to score both.

The Astros (48-32) tied it in the bottom of the fifth against Alexander Wells. Yordan Alvarez singled, Correa walked and both runners moved up on a fly to center by Kyle Tucker. Toro singled to center to score Alvarez and Correa.

Ramón Urias singled to start the seventh against Garza (0-2) and took second on a wild pitch. Urías took third on a fly to left and scored on an RBI single by Mullins.

“When he plays well, we have a good chance,” Hyde said of Mullins.

Wells (1-0) allowed two runs on four hits in 2 2/3 innings. He yielded to Dillon Tate in the seventh. He’s making the transition of pitching out of the bullpen.

“It’s been a little bit different,” Wells said. “Taking mental notes to know that you don’t need to throw a lot of pitches to get ready … I’m enjoying the new role.”

The Orioles scored five runs in the eighth. Anthony Santander hit his fifth homer, Franco drove in three with a double, and Hays singled to make it 9-3.

Urías and Wynns hit two-run home runs in the ninth against infielder Robel Garcia. It was Urías’ third homer and Wynns’ second.

Tate pitched 2 2/3 hitless innings and picked up his first career save. On Sunday against Toronto, he faced six batters, retiring them all, striking out five.

“I think we’ve always known that Dillon Tate has really good stuff,” Hyde said. “His numbers against right-handed hitters last year were unbelievable. This year, he got off to a little bit of a slow start, but his stuff is definitely getting better … He’s on a nice roll right now.”

Notes: If the Orioles make a move with Lakins, they have three pitchers along on the trip for the taxi squad. They’re right-handers Conner Greene, Isaac Mattson and Spenser Watkins. Mattson is the only one of the three who’s on the 40-man roster. Catcher Nick Ciuffo is also on the taxi squad. … Matt Harvey (3-9, 7.54 ERA) will face Luis Garcia (6-4, 2.83) on Wednesday. … Hyde said that Urias and Pat Valaika will get most of the time at shortstop with Freddy Galvis out because of a quadriceps injury. … Mullins is a finalist among American League outfielders for the All-Star Game. He says he hears a lot about voting before games. “It’s greatly appreciated among my family, friends and the fans, but once the game starts, it completely blanks out of my head and I concentrate on the game.”

Nothing to see here: A video went viral appeared to show Tyler Wells applying some substance to Hunter Harvey’s underarm in the bullpen on Monday night. In light of the crackdown on sticky substances, there were a number of questions about what happened.

“We’re under a microscope,” Hyde said. “We need to be aware there’s cameras everywhere. Hunter has used Icy Hot underneath his arm, his throwing arm, his armpit for nine years now. For a lot of pitchers, it’s part of what they do. He wasn’t applying it to the ball or anything like that.”

Minor Matters: Leftfielder Seth Mejias-Brean had four hits, and Yusniel Diaz drove in two runs in Triple-A Norfolk’s 5-4 loss to Charlotte in 13 innings.

Evan Phillips (1-1) was the loser.

Third baseman Toby Welk continued his hot hitting with a two-run home run as Double-A Bowie beat Akron, 6-1, in a game that was delayed twice by rain and ended after seven innings.

David Lebron (3-0) pitched three scoreless innings in relief for the win.

Shortstop Jordan Westburg and leftfielder Shayne Fontana each had three hits to lead High-A Aberdeen to a 7-3 win over Brooklyn.

Designated hitter Gunnar Henderson was hitless in his only official at-bat and walked twice. Henderson is hitless in 15 at-bats, but has walked 10 times.

Garrett Stallings (4-3) allowed three runs on four hits in six innings. Garrett Farmer pitched three scoreless innings, giving up two hits, and recording his fourth save.

Centerfielder Hudson Haskin drove in four runs as Low-A Delmarva scored 10 runs in the first inning to beat Lynchburg, 13-2. It was the Shorebirds’ fifth straight win.

Haskin had a two-run homer, his fifth, and a two-run single in the first.

Griffin McLarty allowed a run on four hits, striking out six and walking one in four innings. Jake Lyons (2-1) pitched five innings, giving up an unearned run on two hits, striking out eight and walking two.

Call for Questions: I’ll be answering Orioles questions later this week. Please put them in the comment box below or email them to: [email protected].

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26 Comments

26 Comments

  1. 33d St

    June 30, 2021 at 7:38 am

    Nice to put a couple wins together eh? Especially against that team. Nice work O’s, now lets get us a sweep!!

  2. CalsPals

    June 30, 2021 at 8:02 am

    Awesome job O’s & no garbage can banging needed…go O’s…

  3. Orial

    June 30, 2021 at 8:12 am

    Very impressive. I think the base on balls epidemic by the O’s pitchers is all a part of a big Holt gameplan/conspiracy. Intentional/unintentional walks. How do you take the “hot” bats out of the “hot” Astros hitters?—walk them. It worked. Despite all the walks a lot of the pitches were very close/questionable . The Houston hitters just don’t swing. Maybe they should. What’s up with Tate? He is one intense young man. I like it. Mullins is not just good he’s incredible. Rich getting concerned about Gunnar’s updates but I know–he’s young. Line if the month last night from Garceau–Astro position player pitching–” Garcia doesn’t seem to have it tonight”.

    • CalsPals

      June 30, 2021 at 8:23 am

      Tate’s last two outings have been impressive, way better than his previous ones, maybe it’s starting to click…go O’s…

    • Rich Dubroff

      June 30, 2021 at 9:38 am

      Orial, despite not having a hit, Henderson, who turned 20 yesterday, has an on-base percentage of .385. Don’t worry.

  4. Orioles20

    June 30, 2021 at 8:23 am

    There are nights where you really see the potential of this team then there’s nights where you see the ugly. Which I think is a reflection of Hyde. No offense to him but there seems to be a lot of nights where the team has no energy and is lackadaisical. He needs to do more to send the team a message about being focused on every play. Hays maybe is finally putting it together. McKenna needs to be out there. Stewart is terrible defensively. McKenna has held its own with the bat. I thought Alex Wells did a good job of setting down and pitching good his second inning of work. I would hope they give him a shot in the rotation.

  5. Boog Robinson Robinson

    June 30, 2021 at 8:39 am

    Thanks for the fine details Rich but ….

    Am I the only person here that finds the mental image of one ball player applying a substance to another ballplayer’s armpit at least a bit disturbing? I mean not that there’s anything wrong with that kind of thing …. but the fact that it’s his ‘armpit’ that make it seem a bit icky to me.

    Evidently it was another fun game to watch, but MLB.TV’s blackout policy strikes again in N.E. Texas, so I wouldn’t know. Thanks a lot Mr. Manfred .. you sniveling slither of a man.

    Cheeburger Cheeburger Cheeburger…Chips…Chips….Chips….No Coke…Pepsi

    • CalsPals

      June 30, 2021 at 8:48 am

      Maybe a trainer, in the locker room/training room, kinda weird, especially with all the stuff going on you’d have thought they’d exercised some common sense…go O’s…

    • willmiranda

      June 30, 2021 at 9:42 am

      If he can’t reach his own armpit, how does he use deodorant? Inquiring minds…..Maybe they’re doing new
      IcyHot commercials.

    • Rich Dubroff

      June 30, 2021 at 9:43 am

      Ken, the video went viral, and since you didn’t see it, I didn’t find it offensive to watch.

      As for the blackout policy, it is strange. A few weeks ago, my cable was out, and because of the blackout rules, I couldn’t watch MLBTV, and had to listen on the radio for the first five innings, so I understand.

      • Boog Robinson Robinson

        June 30, 2021 at 11:36 am

        Foregive me if I don’t go looking for it Rich! 🙂

    • Icterus fan

      June 30, 2021 at 10:46 am

      I live here locally and have xfinity cable.
      This is clearly a “first world” problem, but a legit question:
      Why does MASN automatically boot up the Nats game when the channel is selected? Because they have majority ownership?
      You have to specifically select “Orioles game” to get it.

    • Rich Dubroff

      June 30, 2021 at 10:49 am

      Marty, MASN and MASN2 equally divide the Orioles and Nationals. I don’t know why that’s happening to you, first I’ve heard of it.

    • Icterus fan

      June 30, 2021 at 10:57 am

      Thanks Rich, I’ll try MASN2, as well.

  6. willmiranda

    June 30, 2021 at 9:44 am

    Maybe we’re seeing the endgame for The Plan in the Houston Astros.

  7. Bumble bee

    June 30, 2021 at 9:57 am

    The team has looked good the past couple days, playing the best u gotta up ur game and they have. Hate to say this with trade deadline coming up but are we saying the last of Mancini, he’s playing mount castles position , and there’s no where in the outfield. Sorry boom boom hope u end up in first place somewhere

  8. BenSch

    June 30, 2021 at 10:09 am

    Yeah, I can’t watch games vs Astros here in New Orleans, 6 hrs drive from Houston. Even when they play in Bmore.

    • Boog Robinson Robinson

      June 30, 2021 at 10:20 am

      Does your local TV station cover the Astos as it’s home team since NO doesn’t have it’s own? If that’s the case, it’s a local TV market thing. In my case…the local Channels are in Dallas and we get Ranger games. This is what I find confounding about the Astro blackout. I’m not in thier broadcasting area.

    • TxBirdFan

      June 30, 2021 at 12:49 pm

      I live in Dallas and have been able to watch the O’s games on the AT&T cable channel – part of AT&T U-verse.

  9. Osfans

    June 30, 2021 at 10:52 am

    When do you expect we’ll see Adley Rutchman, Grayson Rodriguez and DL Hall to be brought up to the majors

    • CalsPals

      June 30, 2021 at 11:24 am

      Next week:)….go O’s…

      • Boog Robinson Robinson

        June 30, 2021 at 11:38 am

        LOL …

        I’m expecting Elias to trade them for younger prospects.

  10. BenSch

    June 30, 2021 at 12:25 pm

    No Astros games in NO.

    I sure hope Elias doesn’t trade any of those guys! Keep most of the guys we have and get us some starting pitching!

    And I’m still beating the drum for #NewOrioleWay. Remember when we used to develop our own talent pool instead of trying to buy/trade for the Reggie Jacksons and Freddy Lynns?

  11. dlgruber1

    June 30, 2021 at 1:11 pm

    I know Hyde meant it as a compliment when he said of Mullins “when he plays well, we have a chance.” There have probably only been a handful of games all season when he HASN’T played well yet they’re still 26-54.
    With what happened last week when these two teams met in Baltimore and with gambling now legal in baseball, just how much money do you think folks lost the last 2 nights on these games? Too bad, so sad.

    • Rich Dubroff

      June 30, 2021 at 1:16 pm

      Dave, when Mullins plays and the Orioles win, he is batting .467 with a 1.407 OPS. In losses, he’s batting .245 with a .691 OPS, so I think there may be a correlation.

    • dlgruber1

      June 30, 2021 at 1:52 pm

      So….then we can blame Mullins for their poor record. Easy, easy, that was just a joke. Thanks Rich for taking the time to look that up. Mullins is SO good this season that even in the games they lose his BA is still above the league average tho as last I heard it was something like .235.

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