Errors cost Orioles loss to Blue Jays


TORONTO – The Orioles have built their entire brand this season by wreaking havoc and exceeding expectations. On Saturday, they sniffed out the fundamentals.

It was a collectively contested effort from Baltimore in the 6-3 loss to the Blue Jays, but the costliest blunder came in the fifth inning. O starter Kyle Bradish had been tiptoeing through danger all afternoon, and when Vladimir Guerrero Jr. cut off a slow pitch to third baseman Ramón Urías, it looked like a routine outing. .

Urías has been a stalwart defender all season, earning +6 Outs Above Average heading into Saturday, but he lost his focus for a while, throwing a light throw in a jump to first for an error.

“It was a rare, rare, rare mistake,” Orioles manager Brandon Hyde said. “The ball just beat him a bit, sort of, he just didn’t manage to get things going. And give Vlad credit for pushing the line.

That’s when things got really painful. The 44,448-strong Rogers Center faithful got rowdy as the Orioles walked two straight hitters to load the bases, elevating Raimel Tapia, who boasted a career OPS of 1,340 with the bases loaded coming in Saturday.

Reliever Jake Reed worked the count to two strikes, but Tapia prevailed, throwing a brace to clear the goals to center field. The decisive blow, which would not have been possible had it not been for Urías’ error, looked even uglier on the scoresheet, as only three of the six points allowed by the O had been earned.

“That one stings a bit, but at the end of the day it’s just another ball game,” Bradish said. “We’re still 18 or whatever [games] left. So come back tomorrow.

Of course, that wasn’t the Orioles’ first mental mistake of the day — they also ran into a takedown on a first and third steal attempt in the fourth. On that play, Adley Rutschman bluffed to steal second, clearing a path for Cedric Mullins to move from third to home. Instead, Mullins stopped halfway as the pitch went into second. A glimpse ensued and it was scored, leaving the tying run at 90 feet.

“[Mullins] just kind of froze a bit,” Hyde said. “We try to steal a race, [Matt] Chapman plays away [the bag] and we had a really quick guy on third base.

The O’s captain signed four rookies to his starting lineup on Saturday, but curiously it was two veterans who slipped. The rookies, meanwhile, had a solid day.

Right now, Gunnar Henderson is Baltimore’s top prospect, according to MLB Pipeline. On Saturday, the 21-year-old started at shortstop and rose to the challenge of playing in front of an aggressive Toronto crowd, especially with his bat, going 2-for-4.

In the third set, Henderson stepped in on the flat with all three bases occupied. Always aggressive, he jumped on the first pitch he saw, sending a two-run single into right field.

Other recruits also did their part. Rutschman had two hits. Terrin Vavra also had two hits and an RBI, and Kyle Stowers worked a rare out from the nine hole. By inserting all these new faces into the lineup, Hyde offered his youngsters a chance to test their mettle in a pressure cooker and playoff environment – ​​and he was proud of how they fared.

“Gunnar continues to do what he did, and Terrin with good sticks today too,” the manager said.

Towers could also see even more playing time in the coming days. Ryan Mountcastle had to leave the game in the second inning after being drilled by a fastball from José Berríos. The 25-year-old stayed on to lead the bases, but left when the O’s took the field in third. Jesús Aguilar replaced him at first base.

Mountcastle’s injury was ruled a left elbow contusion and initial x-rays came back negative.

“It hit him in the elbow, just above the triceps,” Hyde said. “We’ll see how he is tomorrow, but it’s really painful right now.”

After losing the first two games of the series, the Orioles’ playoff hopes are dim — Baltimore is now seven games behind Toronto. That said, there was value in those September matchups with playoff-caliber teams. The next wave of O talent – ​​especially Henderson and Rutschman – are learning on the fly, which sets the club up very well on the road.

“It’s only going to help them go forward, there’s no doubt about that,” Hyde said. “We don’t play in many unbalanced games. We mostly played close, very close matches. That they gain that experience here and do so well as young players will only be good for us and for them in the future.


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