Orioles: Lowther’s First MLB Start Leads to 11-6 Loss
Zac Lowther made his first MLB start on Saturday afternoon against Boston, one of the tougher teams in the league right now. But the young 25-year old was not able to make it out of the third inning after allowing seven runs. What went wrong in his starting debut?
Many rallies start because of a walk, which is what happened in the second. After a one-out walk, Marwin Gonzalez doubled to right to score Christian Vazquez and put the Red Sox on the board. Hunter Renfroe then slapped a single to center field to score Gonzalez to make the lead 2-1. Two batters later, Michael Chavis hit a two-run home run to double the Red Sox’ lead 4-1.
One bad inning was not going to hurt Lowther that badly, but that would not be his only costly inning.
While Freddy Galvis hit a solo home run in the bottom of the second to make the score 4-2, that deficit would only grow in the next inning.
Lowther allowed the first three baserunners in the inning to reach and was replaced with only one out in the third. His total line was 2.1 innings pitched, seven hits, seven earned runs, two walks and three strikeouts.
It was not the ideal start that anyone wanted, especially Lowther. He was facing a tough team and the nerves were probably getting to him too. At least he now has his starting debut under his belt.
The Orioles’ offense did manage to rally in a couple of innings and put up six runs, but it was not even close enough to take Saturday night’s matchup.
Luckily for the Orioles, they will be back in action Sunday afternoon. Dean Kremer is set to take the mound for the Orioles against Nick Pivetta, who is 4-0 with a 3.23 ERA this season.
The game is set for a 1:05 p.m. EST first pitch from Camden Yards in Baltimore, Md.