Another game, another complaint about taking out the starter early.
Chase Anderson pitched 5 innings, gave up a run in the first inning. 2-5 he gave up just 1 hit. He struck out 8 (his first 6 outs were strikeouts). He was rolling. At 84 pitches and coming up on the top of the order for the third time. I would have sent him out for the sixth, likely with the plan that he comes out on the first base runner. I get that managers like to have relievers start an inning if possible, but I didn’t see the point. Of course, Charlie is closer to the players than I am and maybe there was a reason to pull him. I’m thinking that they didn’t want him above about 95 pitches today, but I’d still lean to leaving him in.
Part two of the complaint, Wilmer Font came in and Font has not been good and really shouldn’t be in ‘high leverage’ spots. Up by 1 in the sixth is too high leverage to me. Font gave up a single and double, to start the inning, and we were tied. A strikeout and two hard hit flies to the outfield got us out of the inning tied, but we were lucky.
Ryan Borucki started the seventh and had his problems too, but then giving up 2 hard hit singles. Thomas Hatch came in and got out of the inning and pitched the eighth.
Rafael Dolis gave up a couple of base runners in the ninth, but got out of the inning.
On offense, we didn’t do much, just 5 hits in the first 9 innings. Lourdes Gurriel and Joe Panik had 2 each. We had a lot of bad at bats. It looked like the guys were out drinking after last night’s walk-off win.
We got our two runs in the fifth only because of some bad Orioles’ defense. With 1-out, Danny Jansen walked and Panik doubled. After a Santiago Espinal strikeout, Cavan Biggio hit an easy grounder to Hanser Alberto at second base but he fired the short throw well wide of first and both runners scored.
We had a shot to win in the bottom of the ninth. Daniel Vogelbach walked (on a pretty closes pitch). Derek Fisher came in to pinch run and was almost doubled off when Danny Jansen popped up a bunt attempt. Panik tried to win it for us, lining one hard to right field but it was caught. Travis Shaw came in to pinch hit for Espinal, but Derek Fisher was throw out trying to steal second. I thought he was safe. I was ok with the idea of Fisher being the guy starting the tenth at second over Shaw.
In the top of the tenth with A.J. Cole in, and Mason Williams starting at second, Hanser Alberto tried to bunt his way on. Cole got him at first on a very very close play. Williams to third. Anthony Santander followed with a fly ball to right which I thought was plenty deep enough to score the runner, but Teoscar Hernandez proved me wrong with a terrific throw from right. Almost Bautista ish. Orioles don’t score.
Bottom of the tenth started with Derek Fisher at second, as the winning run. Shaw back at the plate. Shaw pulled a ground ball to the first base side and Fisher moved up to third. Good at bat. Biggio up to be the hero, but he ground out softly. And Randal Grichuk did the same.
Top of the eleventh. Orioles start with Santander at second and Anthony Bass in to pitch. Jose Iglesias doubled to put the Orioles ahead. Why didn’t someone trade for him today? A strikeout was followed by a Bryan Holaday double. Chase Sisco flew out to medium center. Ryan Mountcastle struck out.
Bottom of the eleventh: Grichuck at second, tying run at the plate. Vlad up to start the inning. He hasn’t looked good at the plate today. He grounds out very weakly, on the first pitch. Hernandez chased two bad pitches to strikeout. Lourdes Gurriel got his third hit of the day, a soft single, scoring Randal. Rowdy Tellez pinch hits, hits a double down the right field line, the Orioles right fielder threw it very softly in towards the infield. Gurriel slowed going around third and then started running again. He was out by 20 feet. I don’t know if he was waved in, it seemed like he was going to stop at third until the bad throw, but there was time for the Orioles to track down the throw and get him out. Once he slows you have to stop him.
We really didn’t deserve that one, we gave away far too many at bats. And if you can’t score the game winning run from third with one out, you really shouldn’t win.
Jays of the Day: Hatch (.263 WPA), Anderson (.163), Dolis (.147), Cole (.147)
Suckage: Espinal (-.195), Grichuk (-.187), Hernandez (-.187). Vlad (-.104) and Vogelbach (-.177) and Bass (whose WPA is mess up by the runner starting on second).
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