Baltimore Orioles fall despite quality start from Kevin Gausman
Kevin Gausman is turning into the pitcher for whom the Baltimore Orioles can’t score runs. While he gave up two home runs, it’s tough to fault the guy when he delivers a quality start and ends up getting tagged for the loss. Last week as you’ll remember, Gausman turned in a quality start in Seattle only to see the Orioles get no-hit. Gausman’s line: 6 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 1 BB, 6 K.
The O’s were in the hole from the beginning when the New York Mets’ lead off man, Curtis Granderson, homered on the second pitch of the game. This of course was in the wake of a fifty minute rain delay before the players even took the field. Gausman also gave up an RBI-double to Daniel Murphy in the third, and a second solo homer to Granderson in the fifth.
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However keep in mind that aside from that, Gausman was pretty strong. He had a couple of pitches on two-strike counts in which he fooled New York hitters, sending them away disappointed. One thing that is starkly evident about Gausman is that he’s a fighter. He’s not the type to allow a mishap or two ruin the rest of the game, and even after giving up a couple of runs he’s able to buckle down and record outs. And that quality is as much a mental thing as it is anything else – if not more so.
The Orioles were able to get on the board in the last of the sixth on Gerardo Parra‘s solo homer, which cut NY’s lead to 3-1. And the score stood right there as we went to the ninth inning. However Murphy’s sac fly-RBI expaded NY’s lead to 4-1, and Wilmer Flores would score on a wild pitch by Brad Brach and the O’s came to their last at-bat down 5-1.
However the Birds were going to add just a bit of drama to this at the end. They loaded the bases with two outs, and J.J. Hardy drew a walk to close the NY lead to 5-2. Henry Urrutia then drew a walk, and suddenly it as 5-3 – a base hit would potentially tie the game. Manny Machado had a valiant at-bat, however he grounded out sharply to third base to end the game in a 5-3 loss for the O’s.
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Keep in mind that the Orioles’ winning streak had to end at some point. There will be those who will say that based on this game the Birds aren’t ready for prime tie. Maybe they aren’t for all we know. But that can’t be deciphered based squarely on the fact that their winning streak ended at four games as opposed to going ten or eleven.
This truncated series concludes tonight with Ubaldo Jimenez on the mound for the O’s. He’ll be opposed by NY’s Noah Syndergaard. Game time is set for just after 7 PM.
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