Austin Voth bowls five unscored innings, but bullpen falters as Orioles leave series in 3-2 loss to Reds – The Mercury News

splitter has been almost untouchable This season for right-hander Felix Bautista, but at a certain point, even the best of pitches can be caught. Orioles reliever had bowled three straight elevated fastballs to Cincinnati Reds first baseman Brandon Drury, so ahead of the count, Bautista tried to convert eye level.

The splitter – which should have been submerged under the zone – hung for Drury instead. And with that one mistake in a 2-2 game, one of Baltimore’s best relievers was forced to try and watch Cincinnati’s game-winning home run fly over the left field fence at Great American Ball Park .

Before that long ball, Bautista had allowed a homer in his last 27 innings. Next was to come, but as he covered for an Orioles offense unable to produce much, the margin left no room for error. Drury scored the bases, Baltimore went down to ninth and the Reds won the series with a 3-2 win on Sunday.

Half an innings ago, a comeback seemed almost inevitable. The Orioles (51–51) have done so repeatedly this season, with 23 wins from behind on their account. Anthony Santander tied the game for 2 in the eighth inning with a long blast in right field, but the bullpen cracked, allowing three runs after a strong five innings without any offensive support from starter Austin Voth.

With the loss, Baltimore dropped a series against a club that gave Seattle its best pitcher and has 21 games under .500. With the trading deadline approaching Tuesday, the Orioles have a more complicated decision ahead of them. They can probably still push for a wild-card spot, but the loss of the losing clubs doesn’t help in that case.

a pitcher’s duel

One was the top prospect, the other claiming a midseason exemption. And yet when they met on Sunday, there was nothing separating Reds rookie left-hander Nick Lodolo and Voth.

He kept posting zeros on the board, managing more strikes than hits, and this resulted in the best outing of his season – if not career. This is especially the case for 24-year-old Lidolo, who had seven other major league starts. He carved through Baltimore’s order and weaved his way through rare trouble, for example, punching Ramon Ureas with two runners.

But the same can be said for Voth, who was ruled out of opportunities with the Washington Nationals, was named to the assignment and now finds himself part of a rotation in Baltimore for a playoff spot. is competing.

The average exhaust velocity from Voth on Sunday was 80.1 mph, and he made most of his best work with his curveball. He inspired four blows and made six called strikes with that offering, throwing it over a third of the time. The 30-year-old completed five innings for the second time this season and allowed four hits without a walk with six strikeouts – the first time Voth has played five scoreless innings since August 8, 2020.

Before Voth joined Baltimore in June, the right-handed player’s ERA increased to 10.13. He had long been a spot starter or long reliever for the Nationals, but his career went sideways – then came to an end – when he allowed 21 earned runs in 18 2/3 innings for Washington this season. He soon found himself on remission, then with the Orioles, then in rotation. On Sunday, it was the bullpen that folded involuntarily, with two runs from right-hander Brian Baker and Bautista. But Voth laid the foundation.

The issue for the Orioles was, of course, how well Lodolo stood up. Before the game, Orioles manager Brandon Hyde described Lodolo as “junior Sell-ish”, referencing Boston Red Sox left-hander Chris Sell. His three-quarter arm slot delivery provides a unique angle for the batsmen, and he hit 17 rounds between his sinker, curveball and changeup.

Ranked as the Reds’ second-best prospect, according to Baseball America, Lodolo worked six innings before the Orioles disbanded. Ryan Mountcastle, who proceeded with the walk, came home on Cedric Mullins’ sacrificial fly. Santander’s outburst tied things up in an instant.

Aggressive production has been too little of late, however, to cover for a bullpen that was less than perfect at the end – a level that has competed for most of the season.

around the horn

>> Mountcastle was back in the lineup on Sunday after receiving a day off on Saturday. Hyde said Mountcastle is dealing with “bumps and bruises”. as well as his, entered his last eight matches on Sunday with two hits in 31 at-bats. Mountcastle reached an infield single in the second innings, just the kind of break he was looking for.

>> Left-hander DL Hall, the Orioles’ No. 3 prospect according to Baseball America, was scheduled to start for Triple-A Norfolk on Sunday before rain pushed him back the following week.

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