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Bullpen needs to find the strike zone

Posted By Brendan Keelan On May 23 2013 @ 11:16 pm In Baltimore Orioles | No Comments

The Orioles brought up twenty-two year old Kevin Gausman, who was the 4th overall pick out of LSU in last years First-Year Player Draft, Tuesday to make his major league debut in Toronto. Gausman pitched five innings gave up seven hits, four earned runs, two walks and struck out five batters tonight but still earned the loss in his first start in the majors. With no help from the bullpen the Orioles got wacked by the Blue Jays 12-6 on the same night as Orioles skipper Buck Showalter’s 57th birthday.

This season Kevin Gausman has not thrown more than 80 pitches in a game coming into this matchup. Leading 3-2 going into the bottom of the 5th inning Gausman was just nearing his pitch count limit when he gave up the go-ahead two-run homer to Jays catcher J.P. Arencibia. The Orioles bullpen tonight, combind of three pitchers, threw a total of 78 pitches and less than 49 percent of them were strikes. They gave up eight runs (six of them earned) in just three innings while Kevin Gausman’s 89 pitches were 65 percent strikes in five innings and only leading to four runs. Unfortunately one of the times the Orioles relievers found the strike zone is when reliever Pedro Strop gave up a grand slam to Toronto’s Edwin Encarnacion who this season when facing the O’s has three homers and eight RBI’s.

Some highlights from the O’s tonight were third baseman Manny Machado going 3 for 4 with three doubles and two RBI’s making him the leader in doubles in the whole league. Orioles Nick Markakis, Adam Jones, and Chris Davis also added solo home runs in this game, Markakis extended his hit streak to eight games with that homer. Davis’ home run was his thirteenth career homer against Toronto and he has now hit six home runs in his last thirteen games. Blue Jays starter Brandon Morrow earned the win pitching seven innings giving up ten hits, six earned runs, one walk and five strikeouts, but he gave up three homers which he displayed being upset about by throwing a tantrum in the duggout after he came out of the game.

The second game of this three game series will be played tomorrow 7:07 pm at the Rogers Centre in Toronto. Probables for this game will be Chris Tillman (BAL 3-2 3.52 ERA) vs. Sean Nolin (TOR 0-0 0.00 ERA), Nolin will be making his major league debut for the Blue Jays.

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