Tyler Wells allows 4 runs in 7th in Orioles' 11-10 loss to Blue Jays; Orioles hit 4 homers; Kremer allows 5 runs in 4 innings - BaltimoreBaseball.com

Rich Dubroff

Tyler Wells allows 4 runs in 7th in Orioles’ 11-10 loss to Blue Jays; Orioles hit 4 homers; Kremer allows 5 runs in 4 innings

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BALTIMORE—The Orioles scored 10 runs and had 14 hits in the first six innings of a doubleheader and entered the top of the seventh with a three-run lead and Tyler Wells on the mound.

Wells, who had pitched well his new role as a closer, surrendered four runs in the seventh as the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Orioles, 11-10, in the first game of a doubleheader on Saturday at Camden Yards.

Teoscar Hernández began the inning with a double. Wells (2-2) walked Corey Dickerson. Hernández scored on a single by Lourdes Gurriel, and Dickerson scored on a sacrifice fly by Jake Lamb.

After Danny Jansen flied to left, George Springer hit an 0-1 hanging slider for his 17th homer and an 11-10 lead.

“I think he’s facing a really good team,” manager Brandon Hyde said. “Tyler Wells isn’t going to be perfect. This is his rookie year. He’s facing some really good hitters, kind of left the pitches up and out.”

Nate Pearson (1-1) pitched two scoreless innings, and Jordan Romano worked the seventh for his 17th save. Toronto is 78-63.

Oriole starter Dean Kremer, who spent two months at Triple-A Norfolk, gave up five runs in four innings.

Kremer, who was sent to Norfolk after allowing six runs to the Toronto Blue Jays and retiring just one batter on June 24th, was just 1-5 with a 6.33 with the Tides, although his last outing was solid — five scoreless innings in which he gave up three hits without a walk and struck out five.

On Saturday, he allowed the five runs on seven hits , walking one and striking out two.

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“My last time here was a complete meltdown, so I’m definitely trending in the right direction,” Kremer said. “Going down there I got a chance to clear my head and back off a little bit and ease the pressure on me a little bit and got back to what makes me good and build off that.”

Kremer got run support but couldn’t shut down the Blue Jays.

“I thought he showed flashes,” Hyde said “This is a really tough team to pitch against. They have some young superstars. They have really good veteran players in the lineup who understand how to take an [at-bat] and are extremely dangerous.”

Hyde isn’t sure if Kremer showed improvement.

“It’s tough to tell because this offense is so hard. It’s a tough one to pitch against, especially for a young pitcher who’s navigating his way through the big leagues,” he said. “He can build on this and keep his confidence and continue.”

The Orioles (46-95) had plenty of offense, just not enough to offset their pitchers’ mistakes. Austin Hays hit two home runs, and Anthony Santander and Ryan Mountcastle each hit one.

Santander’s two-run homer, his 16th, was against Hyun Jin Ryu in the first. Gurriel hit a two-run homer, his 17th, against Kremer in the second tied the score.

The Orioles took a 5-2 lead in the second when catcher Pedro Severino led off with a single. With one out, Kelvin Gutiérrez doubled. Richie Martin drove in Severino with an infield out, and Hays homered, his 17th. The home run extended Hays’ hitting streak to 17 games.

Vladimir Guerrero Jr.’s 43rd home run in the third cut the Orioles’ lead to 5-3.

In the fourth, Ryan McKenna’s two-run double with the bases loaded ended Ryu’s day and put the Orioles ahead, 7-3. Ryu allowed seven runs on eight hits in 2 1/3 innings. It was his shortest start since April 8, 2019.

Jansen’s eighth home run, a two-run homer in the fourth, cut the Orioles lead to 7-5.

Hays hit his second homer of the game to lead off the fourth against Ross Stripling. Mountcastle followed with his 27th home run for a 9-5 lead. Mountcastle is tied with Eddie Murray (1977) for second-most home runs by an Oriole rookie. Cal Ripken Jr. (28 in 1982) holds the record.

Marcos Diplán replaced Kremer for the fifth and recorded two outs but allowed two runs on a single by Lamb. Dillon Tate retired Jansen on a fly to right, ending the fifth.

Notes: Keegan Akin (2-8, 7.00 ERA) faces Thomas Hatch (0-0, 7.36) in the second game. … Severino equaled his season high with a three-hit game. … Diplán was optioned to Norfolk after the game and Spenser Watkins was recalled. … It was the fifth time this season the Orioles hit four or more home runs.

Minor league update: Kyle Bradish allowed a run on three hits in five innings as Triple-A Norfolk beat Durham, 3-1, in the first game of a doubleheader. Bradish (4-5) walked three and struck out five. Centerfielder Yusniel Diaz had two hits, including an RBI triple. Diaz is batting .173.

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14 Comments

14 Comments

  1. CalsPals

    September 11, 2021 at 9:35 pm

    Costing Mountcastle at bats against a rookie pitcher, probably costing him votes for ROY, let’s play Stewart instead…unless he’s hurt, but didn’t hear anything related to an injury…go O’s…

  2. DcOsfan

    September 11, 2021 at 10:17 pm

    Diaz had two hits to raise his average to .173 – time to bring him up!

  3. The Bird1

    September 11, 2021 at 10:32 pm

    I wonder if Kremer, Diaz, Diplan can run with and catch a football? Asking for my friends Eric, John and Lamar.

    • Rich Dubroff

      September 11, 2021 at 11:19 pm

      Didn’t we have that joke earlier?

  4. EkimC

    September 11, 2021 at 11:10 pm

    Common sense dictated that Wells would eventually have a bad night. The results of the others was not unexpected.

    But, in the second game it was a spectacular display of the “Demolition Squad” at work. Tanner Scott made but 22 pitches but gave up 6 hits (2 homers) and 6 runs (plus allowing an inherited runner to score) and got only 1 out. This might be the “low light” of his ML career ( which I’m hoping is about over). But it didn’t end there when Hyde inserted Barrera into the debacle to allow another HR and 2 more runs. Why he’s even on the team stretches credulity. 22 runs in 14 innings… sounds like a Little League game… but with this group of throwers ( not pitchers, for sure) it’s almost expected… just saying…

  5. MDNative58

    September 12, 2021 at 1:12 am

    If we end up tied with the Diamondbacks for the number one position in the MLB draft next year and the right to draft Elijah Green, the first tiebreaker is record from 2020. We had the same record as Arizona last year. What is the second tiebreaker?

    • dlgruber1

      September 12, 2021 at 1:34 am

      They should play each other and, so as to not have anyone accuse either of them of tanking, whichever team WINS the game gets the 1st pick.

  6. dlgruber1

    September 12, 2021 at 1:41 am

    As an O’s fan, I’ve had a soft spot in my heart for Seattle ever since they gifted the O’s AJ, Tillman and yes, don’t omit George Sherrill, he had a nice little run for the O’s as well. Seattle is also where, in 1980 off of Glenn Abbott, Eddie Murray hit what is surely the most tremendous HR in baseball history. Well, my 50 plus years of baseball history anyway. But Seattle, to lose to the D-Backs, when you are thick in the middle of the race for the WC, why, that’s just going above and beyond. If the Angelos family ever betrays Baltimore like Irsay did, I promise you I’ll root for the Mariners for the rest of my life.

  7. Bhoffman1

    September 12, 2021 at 6:41 am

    Please stop with carrier minor leaguers first time major leaguers relief guys. It’s great storylines but that’s about it. Something has to be wrong Tanner Scott’s arm. Nobody besides Fry can go from pretty good to so bad. Only hope for this team is to spend money bringing in a few good relievers next year and signing a decent starter. Will it happen or will it be year 4 of the rebuild and empty stadium.

    • CalsPals

      September 12, 2021 at 8:04 am

      Wow, delete button again…go O’s…

    • CalsPals

      September 12, 2021 at 8:15 am

      OPACY won’t be empty…go O’s…

    • Birdman

      September 12, 2021 at 11:07 am

      Good summation of what the Orioles should do this off-season … we will find out over the next few months whether this ownership actually cares about fielding a team that is at least somewhat competitive, or whether they are content to simply limp along fielding the cheapest possible team.

    • WorldlyView

      September 12, 2021 at 6:09 pm

      Bh, Bring in a few good relievers? Why? What’s wrong with the current bullpen? As for your suggestion to sign a decent starter–No. We should defer to those oh-so-smart fellow commentators who have repeatedly explained to the rest of us that acquiring free agents will harm/delay the Great Rebuild! Short of miraculously signing three (3) standout pitchers this off season, next year will indeed be year 4 of the Great Rebuild. Ditto for 2023. Given the massive rebuild required of our pitching staff, I see zero reasons to agree with the hard core optimists who preach that our team is on the brink of being a competitive AL East team.

    • CalsPals

      September 13, 2021 at 7:13 am

      Sadly agree WV…go O’s…

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