Baltimore Orioles John Means Earns Loss in a Sophomore Slump
With injuries piling up and pitching having issues, the Baltimore Orioles greatly need this day off to recoup and regather.
After an unfortunately loss to the New York Mets, the Baltimore Orioles and their struggling pitchers face the Yankees at Camden Yards on Friday.
Despite making it into the sixth, John Means struggled out of the gate. He gave up two runs early in the first off of a Michael Conforto home run with J.D. Davis on first. To make matters worse, Renato Nunez is out with a hamstring issue.
The Orioles got on the board in the next inning after Pedro Severino hit a rare Camden Yards triple and Ryan Mountcastle knocked him in on a single. The second run came after Cedric Mullins was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded.
The Orioles weren’t the only team with pitching issues at Camden Yards last night. But, for a few innings, the score stayed 2-2, as the Orioles and fans hoped to continue the two-game winning streak.
Unfortunately, the tie didn’t last too long as Means began falling against after giving up a lead-off walk in the fifth that earned a run after a double with two outs. Giving up a lead-off walk is never a good thing. Most of the scoring came from pitching issues, like walks and home runs. And, in the sixth, Means gave up a home run to Pete Alonso that sealed his fate on the mound.
Despite this game being his longest outing of the season, it wasn’t any better than any of the others. Means finished the game with a line of 5.1 innings, eight hits, four earned runs, and only one strike out.
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Cole Sulser was the other problem on the mound. He has struggled in his last few outings with this being one of the worst of the season. He was credited with given the Mets the majority of their remaining runs, which eventually totaled nine on the night. Robinson Cano began the inning with double and it went downhill from there with walks, singles, and another double.
After Brandon Hyde pulled him, Evan Phillips didn’t do any better, after a pass ball to score a run, then, walking his first batter then giving up a single to put three more runs on the board. The eighth was an inning the Orioles would soon love to forget.
On a positive note, Jose Iglesias continued his hitting streak with another pair of hits. Ryan Mountcastle and Pat Valaika also had two hits in last night’s mess.
It might be time for Hyde to give Sulser a few days off to get it back together. He’s been struggling to get outs and for a closer that’s an issue. Means might also need to spend a bit of time in the bullpen to figure out what’s happening with his stuff, especially his inability to get a strikeout.