Mountcastle hits 30th homer, Mullins steals 30th base, but Baumann gives up 5 runs in Orioles' 9-3 loss to Red Sox -

Rich Dubroff

Mountcastle hits 30th homer, Mullins steals 30th base, but Baumann gives up 5 runs in Orioles’ 9-3 loss to Red Sox

Photo credit: Bob DeChiara a USA Today Sports

BOSTON—Mike Baumann, one of the Orioles’ best pitching prospects, had a rough afternoon at Fenway Park, giving up five runs in two innings of relief as the Boston Red Sox beat the Orioles, 9-3, before an announced crowd of 30,027 on Saturday.

The Orioles led, 2-0, after two pitches as Ryan Mountcastle followed a leadoff double by Cedric Mullins with his 30th home run, but the Orioles (47-101) lost for the seventh time in their last eight games and for the fifth straight time in Boston. Since sweeping the first three games of the season at Fenway Park, the Orioles are 1-11 against the Red Sox.

Mullins stole his 29th and 30th base in the second and is just one home run away from becoming the first Oriole to have 30 homers and 30 steals in a season. He and Mountcastle represent some of the Orioles’ promise for a brighter future.

Baumann is expected to be part of that promise among the young pitchers. His major league debut on September 7th went smoothly. He allowed an unearned run on two hits in 3 2/3 innings, picking up the win against Kansas City.

In Toronto’s 22-7 rout of the Orioles last Sunday, Baumann was tagged for six runs in three innings. In his third outing on Saturday, he allowed five runs on six hits in two innings. His ERA is 11.42.

“It’s professional baseball. You’ve got to learn from outings. You’ve got to learn how to adjust,” manager Brandon Hyde said. “This isn’t the easiest league or division to break in, especially against a team chasing a postseason berth. They’re going to come out. They’re going to punch you in the mouth.

“Even though Baumann gave up the runs today, I’m happy with his stuff. His fastball, throwing it 95, 96 today with a 90-mph slider, that’s going to play.”

After Mullins and Mountcastle jumped on Red Sox starter Nick Pivetta, Anthony Santander singled on the right-hander’s third pitch. Pivetta then walked Austin Hays but pitched out of the inning.

Oriole starter Zac Lowther couldn’t protect a 2-0 lead. He allowed three runs on five hits in the first with Kiké Hernández scoring on a single by Rafael Devers, and Devers and Xander Bogaerts coming home on a two-run double by Bobby Dalbec.


“You hope it’s a learning experience and a learning process for some of these young guys who are pitching in tough environments,” Hyde said. “Pitching against teams that are in a pennant race. Zac had it rough early in the game. I thought he settled down and got a little better in second and third inning.”

Austin Wynns hit his fourth homer in the top of the second for a 3-3 tie. Mullins, who has 29 home runs, singled after Wynns’ home run and stole second and third but didn’t score.

After Dalbec’s double, Lowther retired eight straight batters before walking Dalbec and Christian Vazquez and being replaced by Conner Greene, who recorded the final two outs in the fourth. Lowther allowed three runs on five hits in 3 1/3 innings, and his ERA is 9.61.

“Trying to roll with the punches,” Lowther said. “My stuff isn’t where I want it to be, really continuing to battle through some of the command issues I’m having but being able to go out there and throw against a team like the Red Sox, it’s tough, and you just have to take it head on. I have a lot of guys in my corner, and they’re giving me a lot of support, and that helps.”

Devers doubled against Baumann with one out in the fifth. Bogaerts singled to score Devers, and Boston (84-66) had a 4-3 lead after five.

In the sixth, Baumann (1-1) allowed a run-scoring double by Hunter Renfroe and a three-run homer by Bogaerts, his 22nd, to give Boston an 8-3 lead.

Kyle Schwarber scored on a double-play ball by Vazquez in the eighth to make it 9-3.

Pivetta was pulled after 3 2/3 innings. Darwinzon Hernández, Tanner Houck (1-4), Hansel Robles and Garrett Richards combined for 5 1/3 scoreless innings, allowing just two hits.

“It was a good game until the sixth,” Hyde said. “The guys they threw against us today have really, really good stuff.”

Notes: Trey Mancini, Pedro Severino and Ramón Urías did not play because of injuries. “We’ve got two weeks to go,” Hyde said. “They’re not going to clear up overnight. It’s going to be something that’s going to linger probably to the end of the year for all of those guys. We’re going to have to try to manage and give guys rest.” …Hyde said that he doesn’t have his starting pitchers penciled in for the rest of the season. He’ll go series-by-series, he said. No starts have been scheduled for Dean Kremer or Bruce Zimmermann.  Both have starts on Saturday night, Kremer for Triple-A Norfolk and Zimmermann for Double-A Bowie.  … Alexander Wells (1-3, 7.76 ERA) will face Nathan Eovaldi (10-8, 3.52) on Sunday.

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  1. OriolesNumber2Fan

    September 18, 2021 at 5:34 pm

    So Mr. Jeckel, ooops, I mean Mr. Hyde, if there only 2 weeks left, and injuries don’t clear up overnight as you say, why was Jumaji Jones sent down yesterday?

    • CalsPals

      September 18, 2021 at 5:56 pm

      Jekyll…go O’s…

    • CalsPals

      September 18, 2021 at 5:58 pm

      Unless you were referring to Heckle & Jeckle, still spelled it wrong though…go O’s…

      • Boog Robinson Robinson

        September 18, 2021 at 7:42 pm

        You say tomato and I say tomato.

    • Icterus fan

      September 18, 2021 at 10:49 pm

      I say tomater, hon

      • Boog Robinson Robinson

        September 19, 2021 at 6:04 am

        You from Pa?

    • Icterus fan

      September 19, 2021 at 8:09 am

      Nope. From Merlin, why?

  2. CalsPals

    September 18, 2021 at 6:06 pm

    We’re going to have to try to manage and give guys rest when they rest. …give guys rest when they rest, novel idea…I’m guessing Lowther allowing three “funs” wasn’t that fun…oh well…still a few games…go O’s…

    • Boog Robinson Robinson

      September 18, 2021 at 7:38 pm

      You’re being bad again CPs!

  3. Balt mp

    September 18, 2021 at 6:52 pm

    It appears to me that these young pitchers are woefully unprepared mentally for the big leagues . Baumann was surprisingly a case in point consistently behind in counts no change of speed consistently behind in counts just consistently doing things you can’t do to succeed up here .

  4. Buzz1979

    September 18, 2021 at 6:56 pm

    Dumpy Devers, proof positive you don’t have to be an athlete to play baseball! Take away his stats against the Orioles, and Dalbec is batting .200, but I guess that is probably the way with a lot of players!

    • Rich Dubroff

      September 18, 2021 at 7:09 pm

      Buzz, Dalbec is hitting .247 this season, and he’s actually hitting worse against the Orioles (.240–13-for-54) than against the rest of the teams.

      • Boog Robinson Robinson

        September 18, 2021 at 7:39 pm

        Give ’em heck Rich. These boys and thier numbers … where do they get them?

      • Buzz1979

        September 18, 2021 at 9:39 pm

        No way?! He has like 5 HR amd 14 RBI against us?

        • Rich Dubroff

          September 18, 2021 at 10:27 pm

          Yes, he has those numbers against the Orioles, but he also has a .240 batting average and 16 strikeouts.

    • BenSch

      September 18, 2021 at 8:02 pm

      Alternate stats?

  5. BenSch

    September 18, 2021 at 8:03 pm

    Did y’all see Cedric’s 30th SB? It was a plum, nobody covering 3rd!

    • CalsPals

      September 18, 2021 at 8:20 pm

      Yep, I thought they announced no stolen base because of defensive indifference, I heard that before, I think that’s wrong, he still stole the base…go O’s…

  6. Bhoffman1

    September 18, 2021 at 8:56 pm

    When will we see a Oriole prospect pitcher not get beaten up

    • CalsPals

      September 18, 2021 at 9:10 pm

      They usually seem to be ok for a start or two, then LOOK OUT…go O’s…

    • Boog Robinson Robinson

      September 18, 2021 at 9:32 pm

      The Orioles have prospect pitchers?

      • AkronOhioOriole1

        September 18, 2021 at 10:49 pm

        They are the #1 ranked farm system, so they have to have prospect pitchers right? maybe? ummm.

  7. Buzz1979

    September 18, 2021 at 10:22 pm

    Total waste of a roster spot at Norfolk with Ryan Ripken, Painfully obvious, he still has a spot only because of daddy!

    • CalsPals

      September 19, 2021 at 7:47 am

      We heard you the other 2,131 times…let it go…go O’s…

    • Icterus fan

      September 19, 2021 at 8:10 am

      LOL !!!!

  8. DcOsfan

    September 18, 2021 at 10:27 pm

    Off topic but Mike Wright is back in the majors and suspended for intentionally hitting Ohtani

    • CalsPals

      September 19, 2021 at 7:48 am

      Had to be a mistake, he couldn’t throw a strike, let alone hit someone on purpose…go O’s…

  9. dlgruber1

    September 19, 2021 at 1:41 am

    One of the constants this season with SO many of the young pitchers has been the inability to close out an inning. Baumann had 2 outs and no one on base when he gave up the 4 runs. I can’t remember how many times a pitcher was taken out after 3.2 or 4.2 innings. I know it’s easier said than done but I actually thought Baumann’s “stuff” looked pretty good today if he’d just been able to get that final out.

    • CalsPals

      September 19, 2021 at 7:54 am

      Agree, they seem to relax instead of putting their foot on their opponent’s throat, I’ve said it before, sometimes not very mentally tough, Scherzer tough…lol…go O’s…

  10. Orioleschatter

    September 19, 2021 at 8:36 am

    This team is playing better baseball recently. I think next year they could win 60.

    • CalsPals

      September 19, 2021 at 8:44 am

      ;)…go O’s…

    • AkronOhioOriole1

      September 19, 2021 at 9:19 am

      Does that include exhibition wins?

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