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Orioles fall 7-0 to Red Sox as Rich Hill pitches complete game


Orioles fall 7-0 to Red Sox as Rich Hill pitches complete game

BOSTON— A very long time ago, a fellow named Rich Hill pitched for the Orioles. It was 2009, and Buck Showalter was still a year away from managing the team.

Hill had a hard time with the Orioles, with a 7.80 ERA in 14 games. For six years, Hill bounced to several organizations, and at times effective reliever.

Recently, the Boston Red Sox rescued Hill from the Independent League Long Island Ducks, and in his latest incarnation, he continued to baffle everyone.

The Orioles were continually befuddled by Hill, and lost 7-0 to the Red Sox before 32,411 at Fenway Park on Friday night.

Hill (2-0) allowed just two hits in pitching his first complete game in nine years, retiring 14 in a row after Nolan Reimold’s leadoff single.

Dariel Alvarez led off the ninth with a leadoff single.

“To get two-hit, yeah, that’s disappointing,” Caleb Joseph said. “We ran into a really good performance. The guy’s a veteran. He knows how to pitch.”

With two outs, Chris Davis nearly had a two-run home run, but Mookie Betts leaped far over the fence to rob Davis and give Hill the shutout.

He struck out 10, including Davis twice. Davis has 199 strikeouts, tying his 2013 club record.

Kevin Gausman allowed five runs in five-plus innings. All three batters who walked, scored.

“When he's had a challenging night, obviously it gets multiplied by how well their guy's pitching. And we just didn't make any adjustments to him. We talked about exactly what he's going to do and he did it. Hats off to him. But Gaus, the walks, he gets two outs and I don't know if it's a concentration thing,” Showalter said.

The Orioles (76-77) had won 11 of 15 and gotten themselves to within 3 ½ games of the wild card with 10 to play.

Now, even the time to dream may be over.

“This was a big game for us and I just kind of let my team down,” Gausman said.
Gausman walked Betts with two outs in the third. Dustin Pedroia singled, and Xander Bogaerts’ RBI double scored Betts. Pedroia was thrown out at the plate by J.J. Hardy’ relay from Steve Pearce.

In the fifth, Brock Holt walked, and later scored on Gausman’s wild pitch.

Gausman (3-7) allowed three more runs in the sixth as Pedroia walked and Bogaerts singled before Ortiz’s two-run double.

“I think I let my ego get the best of me, especially to Big Papi. I tried to throw a fastball by him and if I pull back a bit I probably hit my spot. I tried to throw it by him like the pitch before and like I said, left the pitch was too middle and he’s a future Hall of Famer. You just can’t do that,” Gausman said.

T.J. McFarland allowed an inherited runner to score on Holt’s double to give Boston (73-80) a 5-0 lead.

Gausman’s first two runs came with two outs.

“That’s something that I need to figure out. With two outs, I’ve been killing myself. Two outs, walking a guy and giving up a hit and then bringing up a good hitter, you put yourself in a bad situation. Especially putting that leadoff hitter on, it’s one of those tough things. Definitely frustrated and I’m trying to find the answers and just go forward and try to work harder,” Gausman said.

Showalter expected more out of Gausman.

"He gets out of his delivery for a few pitches and next thing you know he's painted himself in a corner. He's got 40 pitches almost after two innings and he really takes away some nights where he could go a lot deeper if he could economize some of that stuff,” Showalter said.

“When he has done it sometimes when he's followed [pitching coach Dave Wallace’s] lead on a couple things, but he gets away from it and just goes into power pitching and that doesn't always work up here."

Brian Matusz, who normally owns Ortiz, was brought in to face him after Bogaerts led off the eighth with a single off Jason Garcia. Ortiz doubled off Matusz, his third of the game, to make it 6-0. Holt’s infield single scored pinchrunner Josh Rutledge.

“Yeah, it’s disappointing. We still feel good. If we go in here and win the next two, you never know what could happen. Yeah, we’ve just got to keep showing up at the park and winning every game. We can’t throw the towel in now just because we lose. There’s still a chance,” Joseph said.

NOTES: The Orioles were shut out for the 10th time. …Wei-Yin Chen (10-7, 3.36) starts on Saturday against Craig Breslow (0-3, 4.53). Breslow will be making his first start after 522 major league relief appearances.

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Trey Mancini, the Orioles' lone bright spot, exits game after getting drilled with 92 MPH fastball

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Trey Mancini, the Orioles' lone bright spot, exits game after getting drilled with 92 MPH fastball

Trey Mancini, the Orioles' only hope at an All-Star, exited Baltimore's matinee against Oakland in the top of the first on Wednesday, after he was struck on the left elbow by a 92-mph fastball from the Athletics' starter Chris Bassitt.

Baltimore's Chris Davis pinch-ran for Mancini, who left the game almsot immediately after being hit. 

Baltimore announced on Twitter that Mancini exited the game with a left elbow contusion. 

Mancini, the Orioles' first baseman and outfielder, was a bright spot in a rather lackluster Baltimore lineup.

The only Oriole with a real chance at an All-Star selection, Mancini is batting .304 in 70 games and leads Baltimore with 84 hits, 18 doubles and 16 homers.

The 27 year-old also has one of the highest slugging percentages on the Orioles (.558).

Fans reacted with anguish on Twitter after Mancini exited the game.


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Orioles Roundup: Dwight Smith Jr. hitless in first rehab assignment

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Orioles Roundup: Dwight Smith Jr. hitless in first rehab assignment

The Orioles gave up six home runs in Tuesday night’s 16-2 loss to the Athletics in Oakland. Here are the latest news and notes.

Player Notes: 

  • In his first rehab game with Triple-A Norfolk, Dwight Smith Jr. (concussion) was hitless in four at-bats with two strikeouts and groundouts each. Smith Jr. played all 8.5 innings of Norfolk’s loss to the RailRiders.

  • In 5 and ⅓ innings pitched against Oakland Tuesday night, Gabriel Ynoa gave up seven hits and six runs (three home runs). He surfaces with a 5.65 ERA in five starts and nine relief appearances.

  • Rio Ruiz has sunk from starting third baseman to potential DFA candidate. Ruiz went 0-for-3 against the A’s on Tuesday and has gone 9-for-58 in nearly one month (since May 21).


  • RHP Josh Lucas (shoulder): 10-day IL, out indefinitely

  • OF Dwight Smith Jr. (concussion): 7-day IL, set to return June 20

  • OF DJ Stewart (ankle): 10-day IL, out indefinitely

  • SP Alex Cobb (back): 60-day IL, returns in 2020

  • SP Nate Karns (arm): 60-day IL, out indefinitely

  • DH Mark Trumbo (knee): 60-day IL, out indefinitely

Coming Up: 

Wednesday, 6/19: Orioles @ Athletics, 3:37 p.m. ET, Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum

Thursday, 6/20: Orioles @ Mariners, 10:10 p.m. ET, T-Mobile Park

Friday, 6/21: Orioles @ Mariners, 10:10 p.m. ET, T-Mobile Park

Source: Rotoworld