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Thursday, July 7, 2022

After Kyle Braddish struggles again, the Orioles’ rally falls short as the Rays hold the series with a 7-6 win

After Kyle Braddish Struggles Again, The Orioles' Rally Falls Short As The Rays Hold The Series With A 7-6 Win

For all his struggles through 10 major league starts, Orioles rookie Kyle Bradish has learned something about himself in the process.

“I’ve been able to pitch in the big leagues,” the 25-year-old right-hander said on Saturday, conceding six runs in Baltimore’s series-evening 7-6 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays.

The outing marked the sixth time in seven starts that Bradish failed to complete five innings. Since defeating 11 St. Louis Cardinals and not playing any of the seven innings in his third major league appearance, Braddish has a 9.20 ERA.

“This is probably the first time this has happened to me in my career,” Braddish said. “But it’s definitely a learning experience, and I’m learning at the highest point of baseball, so just have to keep grinding.

“I try to think about my debut and then St. Louis starts. Those were two good ones I did in 10. So now, it’s time to start rolling out some results.”

He’ll get a chance to do so, it seems. Orioles manager Brandon Hyde said the Orioles have not discussed removing Bradish, their number 8 prospect, from their rotation, according to Baseball America. Baltimore (29-38) already has an opening in its rotation after choosing left-hander Bruce Zimmerman for Triple-A Norfolk, having an ERA of 2.72 in his first seven starts and 9.79 in the next six.

“We trust him and his stuff,” Hyde said of Bradish. “It’s just about learning to pitch here, and he’s shown the game where he was good. He was really good the first time through the order today. Now, it’s just being able to repeat it and get on both sides of the plate.” It’s about being able to pitch. He’s on one side of the plate right now and he needs to be able to pitch both. … He’s evolving here in the big leagues.

“For me, it’s a young starter still trying to figure things out.”

Bradish made his debut with two scoreless innings, with his teammate Robinson Chirinos taking a 2–0 lead with a double. But the first four batsmen of the Rays’ third record hit to tie the game. After recording the first two outs of the innings, Bradish went 3–0 behind Harold Ramirez, who scored a two-run double. After G-Man Choi doubled the Tampa Bays’ lead with a home run in fifth place, Hyde realized Bradish was wrong.

The Orioles leveled the score in that 6-2 deficit as well, with the Chirinos scoring two more runs in the middle of the comeback. But a run at the sacrifice of Ramirez flew off Dillon Tate in the ninth and the Orioles lost. Baltimore has lost five of Bradish’s six starts against American League East teams, with Bradish posting a 9.82 ERA in those outings.

Bradish mourned his slider the following Saturday. Chirinos noted how effective the pitch was against St. Louis, with nine misses between 20 swings against it. On Saturday, the Rays missed only three of their 10 cuts off Bradish’s slider, and three others were left in the middle of the field and hit as a result.

“It’s the big leagues, you know; you have to make adjustments, and he’s working hard to make that happen,” Chirinos said. “Hopefully next time, he can go deeper into the game and give this team a chance to win.”

hit the wall again

The Orioles saw two balls that would have been home runs in the old dimensions of the ballpark remain in thanks On the new left side wall of the venue.

Robinson’s first bat Chirinos, who instead settled for their second double of the day. The last one scored two runs in the second, a 104.3 mph drive that marked his hardest-hitting ball of the year.

The latter came in the eighth when the Orioles ended their deficit with four runs between the fifth and sixth innings, only to be caught by Trey Mancini to drive the ball to deep left. According to Statcast, this is the fifth time the New Wall has taken a home run from Mancini, who led all baseball on Saturday in the difference between his expected and actual home run total.

Between them, Chirinos and Mancini have scored eight of the Orioles’ 14 home runs. He had more success keeping the ball on the ground on Saturday. After getting a run back with an RBI single to Ryan Mountcastle in fifth, the Chirrinos, with Adley Ratschman in the lineup with a planned day off, brought home two more with a base-loaded knock. By stealing the second, he became the first Oriol since Boog Powell in 1970 with one steal, two doubles, three hits and four RBIs in a game. He added that a pregame adjustment to the batting cage that involved lowering his front leg and keeping his front hip locked allowed for the big game.

An innings later, Mancini hit a groundball to shortstop with two outs but reached an error. He went to second at the Tour of Mountcastle before scoring a tying run off Anthony Santander’s single.

“Good fight to our people,” said Hyde.

Akin. for one and two

After the ups and downs of the 2021 season, perhaps no Oriol has been more consistent than left-handed reliever Keegan Akin. In his first outing on the banned list – a requirement for unvaccinated players whose team travels to Toronto – Akin made two scoreless innings, his 17th straight relief appearance of at least that length to open the season.

One shy of the major league record held by Wade LeBlanc and Chuck Krim, both of whom started between parts. The only Orioles reliever with more two-inning performances at this point of the season was Hall of Famer Hoyt Wilhelm in 1961.

Saturday’s outing reduced Akin’s ERA to 2.48 in 40 innings, the most among major league relievers.

“I thought the bullpen did a great job, giving us the opportunity,” Hyde said. “It was a tough time for us to score in the last few innings.”


Sunday, 1:35 p.m.


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