Baltimore Orioles: Disney wasn’t so kind to Kevin Gausman
Things were looking up for Kevin Gausman and the Baltimore Orioles for awhile. He was pitching well and at variou points the O’s had a lead on Anaheim. However the ball can really fly at Angels Stadium, and the Birds ended up falling victim to that in an 8-4 loss.
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Gausman had his good and bad moments in this game. Gausman’s line: 5.2 IP, 9 H, 6 R, 2 BB, 4 K. While he started the game off by striking out two guys, he then proceeded to give up a long home run to Mike Trout (who celebrated a birthday yesterday) which put Anaheim ahead 1-0. Two innings later in the top of the third, Adam Jones‘ RBI-single tied the game at one (with Jones being thrown out trying to stretch it into a double).
One inning later in the top of the fourth, the O’s took a 3-1 lead as Jonathan Schoop ended up with a two-run homer. The Orioles appeared to be settling in, along with Keving Gausman. But Anaheim’s a pretty good team as well when they choose to be. Following two Gausman walks to start the last of the fourth, David Murphy‘s RBI-single cut the lead to 3-2. Johnny Giavotella‘s RBI-double later in the inning re-knotted the game, this time at three.
The Birds would re-take the lead in the sixth on Matt Wieters‘ solo home run at 4-3. Wieters has been hitting fairly well at the plate of late, and if he can start producing the Orioles will really be in a good spot offensively. However Gausman fell apart in the last of the inning, and he was eventually chased from the game. Chris Iannetta was down to two strikes with two outs in the last of the sixth – and he managed to smack a two-RBI double to give Anaheim a 5-4 lead.
David DeJesus would add an RBI-single later in the inning and the O’s would trail 6-4. DeJesus of course was freshly traded to Anaheim from Tampa – where he had been an Oriole-killer. He was mirred in a 1-for-20+ at-bats since arriving in Anaheim, so naturally it makes sense that he’d break out against the O’s. C.J. Cron added a two-run pinch-hit homer for Anaheim in the seventh, to lead them to an 8-4 victory.
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This game kind of snowballed on the Orioles, because up until the last of the sixth they were in it and had a shot to win. The key new is to not allow this game to snowball even more and to turn into a losing streak. Given the standings for both the wild card and the division, they just can’t afford that.
Prior to the game the Orioles promoted outfielder Junior Lake to the big leaues, designating Travis Snider for assignment. And if you haven’t been following alon at home, that means Snider’s off the roster and exposed to waivers. Lake of course was obtained last week in a trade which sent Tommy Hunter to the Cubs. I will say that I thought it was a curious move, because Dariel Alvarez has been in the minors all season and thought to be the next guy to be called up for the outfield. Apparently Lake leapfrogged him in the minds of Buck Showalter and Dan Duquette.
The series continues tonight with Ubaldo Jimenez on the mound for the O’s. He’ll be opposed by Anaheim’s Garrett Richards. Game time is set for just after 9 PM.
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