After last night’s walk-off victory against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in which Jeremy Hellickson allowed seven runs, Baltimore Orioles manager Buck Showalter stressed the importance of the starting pitching being better in future outings.
BALTIMORE, Md. — Unfortunately for Kevin Gausman, that was not the case. Gausman allowed a home run to Mike Trout in the first inning (25), a home run to Luis Valbuena in the second inning (14), another home run to Trout in the third inning (26), and a final home run by Valbuena, which drove in Andrelton Simmons.
“He made some mistakes,” Showalter stated about Gausman’s outing. “I know he’s trying to go in off of the plate to [Mike] Trout first in the center cut and he had trouble keeping it in the park. He was trying to go down, well off of the plate and hung a breaking ball and those balls ended up where they ended up. Especially when you compound the quality of hitter you’re facing.”
Gausman finished the night going just four innings, allowing six hits, five runs (five earned), four home runs, four walks and struck out three. His ERA is now 5.25 on the season.
“Just bad execution,” Gausman said of his outing on Saturday night. “Trying to throw some fastballs up, left two of them to [Luis] Valbuena, way too good of pitches. Obviously Mike Trout, mislocation twice and he’s the type of player that’s gonna make you pay for it.”
Baltimore’s only run during the game came on a wild pitch from Angels starter J.C. Ramirez, which scored Tim Beckham. Three Orioles finished hitless and only Manny Machado finished with a multi-hit game.
“We didn’t score any runs,” Showalter said. “Scored one and good job by the bullpen.”
On the bright side for the Orioles, their bullpen combined for five scoreless innings and allowed just one hit. Miguel Castro, Richard Bleier and Mychal Givens put up masterful performances despite the loss to the Angels.
Tonight’s attendance was 43,929. The average attendance in 2017 is 26,646.
The game was delayed after the completion of the seventh inning at 9:45 for 40 minutes, ending at 10:25. It was the 16th home weather delay of the season.
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