The Baltimore Orioles and Dylan Bundy looked exhausted by the end of yesterday’s 10-3 loss to Tampa. Keep in mind, Tampa used a walk (a fairly forgettable moment) to start their comeback to beat the Birds on Friday night. Yesterday they flat out just beat the O’s. Bundy’s line: 4.0 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 0 BB, 7 K.
As I’ve said many times, Tampa will wear out your pitching staff. Their approach at the plate is absolutely relentless, and they refuse to give in. At one point Bundy had to suffer through a 16-pitch at-bat, where Tampa’s Ramos was happy as a clam just fouling off pitch after pitch. However their pitching will also wear out your hitting – so it’s a double-pronged attack.
Tampa took an early lead on Longoria’s RBI-single. Later in the first inning, Morrison smacked a two-run homer and the O’s trailed 3-0. However the Birds did fight back just a little at that point. Gentry’s RBI-single cut the lead to 2-1 in the second.
But one inning later Tampa hit two looooong solo homers to run the lead to 5-1. One off the bat of Morrison again, and the other off the bat of Souza. Two innings later the route was on, as Ramos smacked a three-run homer, putting the Orioles behind 8-1.
There was a brief moment however where it appeared that the O’s might try to at least make the game competitive. Jonathan Schoop‘s two-run homer in the last of the fifth cut the lead to 8-3. Tampa’s starter Odorizzi had a high pitch count as well, and quite frankly had struggled just a bit also. (Even though yes, he wore down Oriole hitters.) But when these Tampa hitters get on a mission, they really don’t give up…
…they were determined yesterday, and it showed. A throwing error by Gentry allowed an additional run to score in the sixth following a Smith double. Dickerson would then add an RBI-double, running the final score to 10-3. As I said, their hitting wears out your pitching, and their pitching wears out your hitting.
There was one feel-good moment at the end of the game, however. Tampa reliever Adam Kolarek pitched the ninth after making his MLB debut on Thursday in Pittsburgh. Kolarek is a Baltimore-area native, and still lives in the area. Naturally he grew up attending games at Oriole Park at Camden Yards, and the opportunity to now pitch there in a big league game had to be the thrill of a lifetime.
The O’s will try to salvage one game in this three-game set this afternoon at Camden Yards. Kevin Gausman will get the start for the Orioles, and he’ll be opposed by Tampa’s Alex Cobb. Game time is set for just after 1:30 PM.