Orioles' hitting approach bothers Hyde in loss to Tigers; Wells' start uneven; Cabrera hits 2 homers - BaltimoreBaseball.com

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Orioles’ hitting approach bothers Hyde in loss to Tigers; Wells’ start uneven; Cabrera hits 2 homers

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The Orioles opened a four-game series against the Detroit Tigers, hoping that their 7-4 record since the All-Star Game reflected a team going in the right direction. But they fell back on some old ways Thursday night with their lack of patience at the plate.

Detroit’s top young starter, Casey Mize, allowed just an unearned run in seven innings as the Orioles lost to the Tigers, 6-2, at Comerica Park. Mize (6-5) was backed by two home runs by Miguel Cabrera, who has 497 in his career.

Orioles starter Alexander Wells (2-1) gave up four runs on seven hits in five innings, walking three, striking out four and committing an error on a pickoff throw.

It was his second major league start. On July 21st at Tampa Bay, he was a late choice when Keegan Akin was placed on the Covid-19 injured list.

“I was aching to get out on the mound tonight with those days off,” Wells said. “Now, hopefully, get into that five-day routine and be on a more consistent routine and get back to what we were doing in Norfolk and get ready for my next start.”

The Orioles (35-66) appeared to get off to a quick start. Cedric Mullins began the game with a triple. After he stayed put when Austin Hays grounded to third, Mullins tried to score on Trey Mancini’s grounder back to Mize.

Mullins was tagged out in a rundown, and the Orioles’ best chance for a lead was gone. Orioles manager Brandon Hyde considered it an early turning point.

Detroit (50-55) scored two runs in the first. Former Oriole Jonathan Schoop’s single scored Rule 5 choice Akil Baddoo. A sacrifice fly by Eric Haase scored Schoop.

“I’ve got to be better early on in the game,” Wells said. “Coming off my start in Tampa, I had a long first inning there, and a long first inning tonight, so I’ve got to be better coming out early and having a shutdown inning in the first.”

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Haase’s second RBI single scored Schoop in the third, and Cabrera hit his ninth home run in the fifth to give the Tigers a 4-0

“I grew up watching him play, so I got a little starstruck when he got into the box and the crowd was cheering,” Wells said. “I know my job was to be locked in, just like any other hitter in the box, but that’s pretty cool to face a guy like that.”

Hyde thought Wells battled.

“He got off to a tough start there in the first after we didn’t score with a runner on third and nobody out,” Hyde said. “That set the tone. It wasn’t a good start for us, but then he settled in OK, got through five innings. I thought they were aggressive and it played into Wellsy’s hands. He went five innings for us and kept it close.”

Ryan McKenna, whose bases-loaded walk drove in the winning run on Wednesday night, scored the Orioles’ first run in the seventh when Baddoo’s throw home was wild.

Cabrera’s 497th home run against Adam Plutko in the seventh and Jeimer Canderlario’s RBI triple gave Detroit a 6-1 lead.

Mullins scored on a wild pitch by José Cisnero in the eighth.

Mize was the first overall choice in the draft in 2018.

“That’s what [number] 1’s look like,” Hyde said. “He’s got good aggressiveness in the strike zone.”

McKenna had two of the Orioles’ four hits.

“I’m disappointed in our approach,” Hyde said. “Casey Mize has a really good arm and pretty good stuff. He really throws the ball in on right-handers. I think for the most part, our approaches have been pretty good and getting better, but tonight, we were chasing balls up and in.

“Something he likes to do is crowd hitters. A lot of jammed balls to the right side. We didn’t do a very good job off him. Hats off to him. He pitched well. He’s got a really good arm. He got taken in the draft where he did for a reason.

“That first inning, Mullins’ triple, then we swing at two balls in that you can’t use the middle of the field on. That just set the tone for the evening.”

Minor League update: Triple-A Norfolk was held to four hits in its 8-2 loss to Durham.

Claudio Custodio (1-2) allowed two runs in four innings. Eric Hanhold gave up three runs while retiring just one batter.

First baseman Patrick Dorrian homered twice and centerfielder Zach Watson also homered as Double-A Bowie beat Richmond, 5-4

Dorrian has 15 home runs this season. In his first rehab game with the Baysox, Richie Martin led off and played shortstop and was 1-for-4.

Third baseman Jacob Westburg hit his second home run in as many nights as High-A Aberdeen lost to Bowling Green, 5-3. The IronBirds had just four hits.

Connor Loeprich (0-2) allowed five runs on six hits in 3 1/3 innings.

Low-A Delmarva scored four runs in the eighth in the ninth in a 6-4 loss to Fredericksburg.

Rightfielder Cristopher Cespedes and third baseman Yorkislandy Alvarez each had two hits.

Noah Denoyer (5-4) and Jensen Elliott each gave up three runs in 3 1/3 innings.

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16 Comments

16 Comments

  1. Orioles20

    July 30, 2021 at 7:52 am

    Wells is talking like a guy who is going to be in the rotation. Maybe he knows something we don’t. Is he taking akin spot? Guarantee you that McKenna sits tonight for Stewart. Hyde calls these guys out but nothing seems to change. It always more of the same.

    • Boog Robinson Robinson

      July 30, 2021 at 8:53 am

      I’m looking for him to stick around as well. It’s time for a little stability in the rotation, and this guy seems to get it. I’m rooting for him.

  2. Buzz1979

    July 30, 2021 at 7:57 am

    Cabrera is just as much of a trainwreck as Davis, with an even worse contract! Been a singles hitter for 3 years, at 23 million per year, and is still owed 45 million after this year!

    • CalsPals

      July 30, 2021 at 8:35 am

      2 HR against us, MVP (2x), Triple Crown winner, 5x silver slugger, multiple time AS, heart & soul of Tigers, CD has done nothing compared to Miggy…go O’s…

    • Boog Robinson Robinson

      July 30, 2021 at 8:40 am

      What’s the Buzz? Is that your name or is it the state of mind you’re in?

      Cabrera isn’t a train wreck. Granted….he’s old and on the back end of his contract, but surely the Tigers suspected this would be the case at this point. Believe me … they got their money’s worth out of one of the all-time greats.

      To compare him to Crush is just silly.

    • Orial

      July 30, 2021 at 8:52 am

      Comparing Cabrera and Davis is unfair and asinine. Cabrera has been one the games better stars over the last 50 years. Loved by teammates and has given Tiger fans something to cheer about over this drought period. Speaking of the Tigers–that rebuild is moving along nicely huh? Must be nice playing in the AL Central and having a huge ballpark to aid your pitchers. As far as O’s hitters go I have a feeling that until the next wave arrives(hopefully) that Mancini/Mullins are what we’ve got. Yeah Mountcastle/Hays I’m tslking about you! Starting to have my doubts. Time for them to make that next proverbial “step”. No more apologies from management,fans–just do it.

    • willmiranda

      July 30, 2021 at 10:41 am

      Look on the bright side. When he hits his 500th this weekend, the O’s will be a part of history.

    • Icterus fan

      July 30, 2021 at 3:14 pm

      Plus Cabrera puts butts in the seats.
      CD? Well……….

  3. Bhoffman1

    July 30, 2021 at 9:17 am

    Rich to clarify my point on Mason McCoy I realize he’s not a prospect but are Urias, , Guttereiz and Stevie prospects? This kid has busted his back on every level of the farm system and yes he hitting just mediocre this year but what about loyalty in the organization. In my opinion he deserves just as much a chance as the other four or more even though like you said he’s not a prospect.

    • Bhoffman1

      July 30, 2021 at 9:18 am

      And Leyba Spellcheck left out

    • Rich Dubroff

      July 30, 2021 at 9:43 am

      Urias has shown that he could possibly be a utility infielder on a major league team, not a starter, but he’s been an adequate fill-in.

      They acquired Kelvin Gutierrez when Franco was hurt and Wilkerson hit well in Triple-A early this season when they were getting no offense at second.

      No, neither of them is a prospect.

      I don’t understand your longstanding obsession with Mason McCoy. Perhaps he’ll get a shot, but he’s a shortstop and Galvis, Martin, Urias and Valaika are all better.

      There are far better prospects in Aberdeen and Delmarva that are coming along.

      Roster space is tight with them needing 14 pitchers and in September they’ll only be able to add two players. That makes it hard to reward someone with a few weeks in the majors.

      • OhMy!

        July 30, 2021 at 1:23 pm

        Let’s take a look at some MLB SS stats, shall we? FanGraphs ranks Ramon Urias as the 20th best SS in the MLB this season with a 1.2 WAR over only 160 PA. No SS ranked higher than Urias has less than 274 PA. But he’s not a starter, okay alright sure…

        • Rich Dubroff

          July 30, 2021 at 2:59 pm

          Joe, he’s done well, but to think he’s a long-term solution after barely a month of regular play is speculative.

          • OhMy!

            July 30, 2021 at 5:57 pm

            I might be too optimistic about his talents and you too pessimistic in your evaluation. Guess we will see the remaining two or so months of the 2021 season as it seems Urias will be getting a lot playing time at SS with Galvis being traded this afternoon…

          • Rich Dubroff

            July 30, 2021 at 6:19 pm

            Joe, I liked Galvis, and was a little surprised that they were able to trade him, but they feel comfortable enough with Urias. The deal also opens up playing time for Richie Martin, who will be coming back shortly. It would help if one or a combination could be the placeholder shortstop for 2022, and enable them to concentrate on second and third base this offseason.

  4. willmiranda

    July 30, 2021 at 10:38 am

    Patrick Dorrian, who had a total of 12 homers in four previous minor league stops, has 15 this year at Bowie. It must be a hitters’ league.

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