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Orioles can't overcome early hole in 4-2 loss to Mariners

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Orioles can't overcome early hole in 4-2 loss to Mariners


BALTIMORE --- The Orioles keep saying it’s early, and while there’s plenty of time for the offense to consistently hit, they’re not doing it now.

For the ninth time in their last 14 games, the Orioles were held to three runs or less on Wednesday night, and despite some late offense, lost 4-2 to the Seattle Mariners before 21,710 at Oriole Park.

The Orioles (17-20) have lost eight of those nine games, and if they had scored five runs, would have won four of those games—enough to turn their season around.

“We haven’t played consistent baseball all year. It’s still early. We’re only [three] games out of it. We haven’t been playing good baseball all year and we’re still right here,” Steve Pearce said.

Fortunately for the Orioles, no one in the American League East is running away with the division. They’re in fourth place, three games behind the Yankees and Rays. All five AL East teams lost on Wednesday night.

“We have a chance to turn this thing around. We’re not pressing yet. We’re only a quarter of the way through the season,” Pearce said.

The Orioles continue to pitch creditably. Wei-Yin Chen wasn’t as sharp as he had been recently, allowing four runs in seven innings, but while he was in the game, the Orioles had just four hits, two in the first six.

“I think tonight I made too many mistakes on my control, so being able to get through seven innings [is] the only thing I can say is good,” Chen said through his translator.

The Orioles couldn’t handle Roenis Elias (1-1), who gave up two-out singles to Adam Jones in the first and Manny Machado in the third.

Elias retired 10 straight before he allowed a leadoff single to Jones in the seventh. Delmon Young hit into a double play. Chris Davis, who was hitless in 15 at-bats, doubled, but Steve Pearce fouled out.

After getting two outs in the eight, Rey Navarro and Machado singled, and Carson Smith allowed a single to right by Jimmy Paredes, but he made a foolish choice. Navarro scored and Paredes tried to run to second while Nelson Cruz threw the ball to second.

Paredes was out on a close play, and though manager Buck Showalter challenged the call, it stood.

“Jimmy lets it rip. There's a question whether he's out or safe. It's one of those... We looked at three of them he was safe and one of them he was out, and that's enough for them I'm sure to not overturn what was called on the field. If they had called him safe they probably wouldn't have overturned that, either,” Showalter said.

“I know what the end game is. I get it. But Jimmy thought he could make it and it's still questionable whether he did or didn't. But I know what went up on the scoreboard. It's kind of who he is. He saw something and went for it and it didn't work out."

Fernando Rodney allowed singles to Jones and Young to start the ninth, but Davis and Pearce were called out looking.

“I know it's close. It's one of those 50-50 calls. That one went against Chris and it went against us at second base. If you knew they were going to call that pitch a strike you'd have swung at it,” Showalter said.

Pearce was 0-for-4 and got the ball in play just once. The strikeout by Rodney hurt.

“He threw some really good changeups and he’s a tough guy to hit. He fooled me a little bit but we still had a chance to win it. I didn’t get the job done, but it was only the second out of the inning. We had one more chance to get it done,” Pearce said.

J.J. Hardy dropped a single to center scoring Jones, and Travis Snider, pinch hitting grounded to second, and Rodney had his 10th save for Seattle (18-21).

Justin Ruggiano doubled with one out in the second and scored on Mike Zunino’s double for Seattle’s first run.

In the fourth, Cruz led off with a double, and with two outs, Ruggiano hit a long home run to left-center, his second of the season.

Logan Morrison singled to lead off the seventh. He scored on Chris Taylor’s one-out triple to right.

Elias allowed one run on six hits and didn’t walk any.

“He was working quick, throwing strikes getting ahead early. He kept us all off balance tonight,” Pearce said. “Certainly we have to do a better job tomorrow we still have a chance to win this series.”

NOTES: Tyler Wilson pitched a scoreless ninth in his major league debut. … J.A. Happ (3-1, 2.98) faces Chris Tillman (2-5, 6.34) on Thursday at 12:35 p.m.

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2019 MLB Draft: When is the first round? How to watch, date, time, live stream, TV channel

2019 MLB Draft: When is the first round? How to watch, date, time, live stream, TV channel

The Orioles and Royals battled back and forth most of 2018 for the title of the worst team in baseball, and ultimately, Baltimore pulled "ahead" to earn the top pick in the 2019 MLB Draft. Any number one pick is important, but this one feels especially crucial, as Peter Angelos and his sons elected not to renew the contracts of GM Dan Duquette or manager Buck Showalter.

With a new regime in place, the player selected by the Orioles to kick off this year's draft will not only have the usual high expectations placed on their shoulders, but will also serve as the face of Mike Elias' rebuild of the organization.

Thankfully for the Orioles, this year's draft class, while not particularly deep with talent, appears to be historically strong at the top. Adley Rutschman, the projected top choice by many, will be a top 10 prospect in all of baseball the day he signs, according to some evaluators. The top three to four players as a group rival that of any in the last several classes.

Whoever they end up choosing to wear the black and orange going forward, the Orioles will be adding a talented, respected prospect to a farm system that desperately needs more future stars. It's especially exciting to the front office brass in Baltimore that each of the potential top picks in the class is not only talented, but also has a great head on his shoulders. Across the board among the top four guys, scouts rave about their work ethics and makeups.

It's been a tough season to watch in Baltimore, Miami, and Kansas City, but draft night will be an exciting moment in history for each of those franchises.

The Orioles will make the first selection in this year's draft at 7 p.m. on June 3.

2019 MLB Draft How to Watch:

What: 2019 MLB Draft Day One: Rounds 1-2
Date: Monday, June 3, 2019
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: MLB Network studios, Secaucus, NJ
TV Channel: MLB Network
Live Stream: MLB.com

How many rounds are there in the 2019 MLB Draft?

There are 40 rounds in the 2019 MLB Draft. Rounds 1-2 will air on MLB Network at 7 p.m. on Monday, June 3. Rounds 3-10 will stream on MLB.com, beginning at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, June 4. Rounds 11-40 will also stream on MLB.com, beginning at 12 p.m. on Wednesday, June 5.

2019 MLB Draft prospects to know: 

Adley Rutschman, C, Oregon State

Rutschman is the complete package both at the plate and behind it, and is considered by many evaluators to be the best incoming MLB prospect in several seasons. It's possible the Orioles look elsewhere with their first selection, but it would qualify as a major surprise if they don't take the future star catcher.

Bobby Witt Jr., SS, High School (Texas)

The top prep player in the class, Witt projects to be a future five-tool shortstop, making him an incredibly valuable commodity. The son of a former pitcher, Witt has the defensive skillset to stick at shortstop, plus power at the plate, and a terrific makeup.

Andrew Vaughn, 1B, California

Vaughn is having the best collegiate offensive career since Kris Bryant, which is a ton of praise. The first baseman lives up to that praise at the plate, winning the Golden Spikes Award as a sophomore in 2018 and taking his bat to another level this season. The defensive profile is the only thing keeping him from going higher.

CJ Abrams, SS, High School (Georgia)

Abrams is supremely athletic, blessed with elite speed and a quick bat. His natural talent should keep him at shortstop, with Gold Glove-caliber play in center field the likely defensive floor. If he can tap into his power while mainting great contact skills, his upside rivals anyone's in the class, Rutschman and Witt included.

Recent No. 1 picks in the MLB Draft:

2018: SP Casey Mize (Detroit Tigers)
2017: SS Royce Lewis (Minnesota Twins)
2016: OF Mickey Moniak (Philadelphia Phillies)
2015: SS Dansby Swanson (Arizona Diamondbacks)
2014: SP Brady Aiken (Houston Astros)
2013: SP Mark Appel (Houston Astros)
2012: SS Carlos Correa (Houston Astros)
2011: SP Gerrit Cole (Pittsburgh Pirates)
2010: C/OF Bryce Harper (Washington Nationals)
2009: SP Stephen Strasburg (Washington Nationals)

What is the 2019 MLB Draft order?

1. Orioles
2. Royals 
3. White Sox 
4. Marlins 
5. Tigers 
6. Padres 
7. Reds 
8. Rangers
9. Braves (compensation for unsigned 2018 first-rounder Carter Stewart)
10. Giants
11. Blue Jays
12. Mets 
13. Twins 
14. Phillies 
15. Angels 
16. D-backs
17. Nationals 
18. Pirates 
19. Cardinals
20. Mariners 
21. Braves
22. Rays
23. Rockies
24. Indians
25. Dodgers 
26. Diamondbacks (compensation for unsigned 2018 first-rounder Matt McLain)
27. Cubs
28. Brewers
29. Athletics
30. Yankees
31. Dodgers (compensation for unsigned 2018 first-rounder J.T. Ginn)
32. Astros
33. Red Sox

How was the 2019 MLB Draft order was determined?

The Baltimore Orioles hoped to compete in the 2018 season, but down seasons from multiple core players and injuries combined to take them out of contention early enough to sell off most of their assets at the 2018 Trade Deadline. After the firesale, it was all but certain they would lose 100+ games, but few expected a 47-115 final record, the worst in baseball.

The Royals were also historically bad, finishing with a 58-104 record to earn the second pick in the draft. In the same division, the White Sox went 62-100 to earn the draft's third selection. Baltimore, Kansas City and Chicago were the only three teams to lose at least 100 games, as the Marlins had baseball's fourth-worst record at 63-98.

The Tigers round out the top five in this year's draft after a 64-98 season, giving the AL Central three of the five worst records in all of baseball.

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Orioles Roundup: Hess continues to struggle, Yankees make history

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Orioles Roundup: Hess continues to struggle, Yankees make history

The Orioles got obliterated by the Yankees Tuesday night, losing the matchup 11-4.

Here is your latest news on Baltimore and New York:

Player Notes:

ORIOLES:

David Hess struggles against Yankees. The righty allowed eight hits – including a trio of home runs – while also walking four batters.

Stevie WIlkerson scored a three-run home run Tuesday in the Orioles' loss to the Yankees.

YANKEES:

Gary Sanchez joined his teammate Gleyber Torres in terrorizing Orioles pitchers this season, scoring his eighth home run of the year against the O’s alone.  

Domingo German allowed three runs -- two earned -- over five frames versus the Orioles on Tuesday to pick up his ninth win of the season.

Injuries: 

SP Alex Cobb: Back, 10-Day IL

SP Nate Karns: Arm, 10-Day IL

DH Mark Trumbo: Knee, 60-Day IL

Coming Up:

Wednesday 5/22: Orioles @ Yankees, 7:05 p.m., Yankee Stadium  
Tuesday 5/21: Orioles @ Yankees, 7:05 p.m., Yankee Stadium 
Wednesday 5/22: Orioles @ Yankees, 7:05 p.m., Yankee Stadium