After drizzle, Dean Kramer and bullpen stun Orioles in fourth straight win, 1-0 thrash Pirates – The Mercury News

Before the Orioles start their latest homestand on Friday, manager Brandon Hyde said he expected a bounce-back outing from right-hander Dean Kramer.

It took a little longer than expected, but got it.

After a rain delay of nearly two hours, the Orioles beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 1–0 for their fourth straight win, with Kramer conceding no runs in his 6 1/3 innings. Kramer had a 6.94 ERA at the start of July five, but pitched well to keep Baltimore undefeated in August, retiring 14 straight Pirates before a one-on-one double in the seventh, ending his night. Kramer joins veteran Jordan Lyles as Baltimore’s only starter, who has recorded several seventh-inning outings this year.

With the win, the Orioles (55–51) tied up with the Tampa Bay Rays in the American League wild-card race, losing the remaining two games to a playoff spot. The 55 wins in a season are the most during manager Brandon Hyde’s four-season tenure.

The only run of the game came in the bottom of the sixth. Anthony Santander doubled to open the frame before Ryan Mountcastle was out, the Orioles’ 10th straight fruitless at-bat with a runner in the scoring position to open the game. Rookie infielder Teryn Vavra continued his on-base brigade with an infield single from Pirates starter Mitch Keller, which saw Ramon Ureas cut a single from the left to score Santander.

The Orioles finished 2-for-15 with second- or third-place runners, but Kramer and two relievers kept Pittsburgh hitless in those conditions for Baltimore’s 10th shutout, the club’s fourth-highest 56 in the past 30 years. Tied to play the game. Their four 1–0 victories are the most by the franchise since 1983.

strange strike

Second base umpire Carlos Torres missed the game after contracting an illness, leaving the club with a three-umpire squad. That circumstance created a strange situation in the seventh inning.

After Kramer’s exit and giving way to left-hander Sionel Perez, the Orioles’ left-hander went 1-2 on Pittsburgh’s O’Neill Cruz and then induced a check-swing on a slider in the dirt. Catcher Adley Ratschmann pointed to third base to decide whether cruise swing had occurred, but there was no umpire. Home-plate umpire Edwin Moscoso then declared that Cruz had swung and thus indicated some objection from the Pirates’ bench.

Pirates manager Derek Shelton was kicked out in the bottom of the eighth after Moscoso ruled that Orioles outfielder Brett Phillips had not swing on a similar play.

Cruz’s strikeout was the first of Perez’s five outs, in which Hyde noted pregame he would ask more of his remaining backend reliever after trading Jorge Lopez at this week’s close. Felix Bautista trapped in the ninth with a pair of two strikeouts For his first save since inheriting the role of Closer.

Baltimore entered Friday with the fourth-lowest bullpen era among the majors.

Hayes’ Heart and Hustle Honors

Longtime Orioles minor league coach Alan Mills joked with Austin Hayes that he would “find a way to get dirty in the bathtub,” Hayes joked on Friday, referring to his style of play that often saw him play in the infield. Allows sliding or diving in dirt. outfield grass.

Hayes was unable to break out of the lineup for the third time in four games on Friday in what he called a “slant tightness”. But that didn’t dampen the excitement of the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association’s representative for the Orioles being nominated for the Hart & Hustle Award. According to the MLBPAA, the honor recognizes players who “demonstrate a passion for the game of baseball and best represent the values, spirit and traditions of the sport”. Hayes recently partnered with the Orioles to create a $20,000 scholarship for a Maryland student to pursue higher education.

“I just give my all for my teammates, the organization and the city, just give them everything I have every day,” Hayes said. “Just try to maintain the values ​​and character of the game, day in and day out, for 162 every year, so I’m really proud to accept that award for the Orioles.”

Hayes said he was out of Friday’s lineup because he and the Orioles didn’t want to make his injury worse by running him back. In his absence, Phillips made his debut with Baltimore.

Pirates @ Orioles

Saturday, 5:05 pm

TV: MASN2

radio: 97.9 FM, 101.5 FM, 1090 AM

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