Earlier than the Orioles started their newest homestand Friday, supervisor Brandon Hyde mentioned he anticipated a bounce-back outing from right-hander Dean Kremer.
It took a bit longer than anticipated, however he obtained it.
After a rain delay of practically two hours, the Orioles beat the Pittsburgh Pirates, 1-0, for his or her fourth straight win, with Kremer permitting no runs in his 6 1/3 innings. Kremer had a 6.94 ERA in 5 July begins however pitched effectively to maintain Baltimore undefeated in August, retiring 14 straight Pirates earlier than a one-out double within the seventh ended his evening. Kremer joined veteran Jordan Lyles as Baltimore’s solely starters to file an out within the seventh inning a number of occasions this yr.
With the victory, the Orioles (55-51) stored tempo with the Tampa Bay Rays within the American League wild-card race, remaining two video games out of a playoff spot. The 55 wins are probably the most in a season throughout supervisor Brandon Hyde’s four-season tenure.
The sport’s lone run got here within the backside of the sixth. Anthony Santander doubled to open the body earlier than Ryan Mountcastle grounded out, the Orioles’ tenth straight fruitless at-bat with a runner in scoring place to open the sport. Rookie infielder Terrin Vavra continued his on-base brigade with an infield single off Pirates starter Mitch Keller, with Ramón Urías then chopping a single into left to attain Santander.
The Orioles completed 2-for-15 with runners on second or third, however Kremer and two relievers held Pittsburgh hitless in these conditions for Baltimore’s tenth shutout, tied for the membership’s fourth most prior to now 30 years with 56 video games to play. Their 4 1-0 wins are the franchise’s most since 1983.
Second-base umpire Carlos Torres missed the sport after coping with an sickness, leaving the golf equipment with a three-umpire crew. That circumstance led to an odd state of affairs within the seventh inning.
After Kremer exited and gave technique to left-hander Cionel Pérez, the Orioles’ left-hander obtained forward 1-2 on Pittsburgh’s Oneil Cruz then prompted a check-swing at a slider within the filth. Catcher Adley Rutschman pointed towards third base for a ruling on whether or not Cruz swung, however no umpire was there. House-plate umpire Edwin Moscoso then declared that Cruz had swung and thus struck out, prompting some objection from the Pirates’ bench.
Pirates supervisor Derek Shelton was ejected within the backside of the eighth after Moscoso dominated that Orioles outfielder Brett Phillips didn’t swing on the same play.
The strikeout of Cruz was the primary of 5 outs from Pérez, with Hyde noting pregame he would ask extra of his remaining backend relievers after this week’s commerce of nearer Jorge López. Félix Bautista stranded two within the ninth with a pair of strikeouts for his first save since inheriting the nearer’s position.
Baltimore entered Friday with the fourth-lowest bullpen ERA within the majors.
Hays’ Coronary heart and Hustle honor
Longtime Orioles minor league coach Alan Mills used to joke with Austin Hays that he “would discover a technique to get soiled within the bathtub,” Hays joked Friday, referencing his model of play that always options him sliding within the infield filth or diving throughout the outfield grass.
Hays was unable to do both Friday, out of the lineup for the third time in 4 video games with what he referred to as “indirect tightness.” However that didn’t quell his pleasure in being named the Orioles’ consultant for the Coronary heart and Hustle Award from the Main League Baseball Gamers Alumni Affiliation. The honors acknowledges gamers who “reveal a ardour for the sport of baseball and finest embody the values, spirit, and traditions of the sport,” per the MLBPAA. Hays additionally not too long ago partnered with the Orioles to create a $20,000 scholarship for a Maryland pupil to pursue greater training.
“I simply give my all for my teammates, the group and town, simply give them all the things I’ve every single day,” Hays mentioned. “Simply attempt to uphold the values and the character of the sport, day in and time out, for 162 yearly, so it simply makes me actually proud to to simply accept that award for the Orioles.”
Hays mentioned he was out of Friday’s lineup as a result of he and the Orioles don’t wish to make his damage any worse by speeding him again. In his absence, Phillips made his first begin with Baltimore.
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