Blue Jays in 10 innings, Orioles erase 5 runs behind Ryan Mountcastle’s two homers before falling 7-6 – The Mercury News

The idea of ​​a moral victory in baseball brings little solace to the losing ballclub, but there is still something to pull out of the Orioles’ defeat to the Toronto Blue Jays on Wednesday night. Baltimore suffered a five-run deficit and came back to tie the game, the kind of effort some might lose on the losing teams.

With Vladimir Guerrero Jr. at the plate and an automatic runner in second in the 10th inning, the task ahead of right-hander Felix Bautista was great. It turned out to be great, in the end, Guerrero’s walk-off single on Bautista’s second offer sealed the Blue Jays’ 7–6 victory in left field.

With first base open, manager Brandon Hyde considered the possibility of Guerrero running. But Bautista is not a ground-ball pitcher, which makes the chances of a double-play ball less. And there is no slouch after Guerrero, with Alejandro Kirk and Teoscar Hernandez due next.

So Hyde gambled with Bautista’s 100 mph fastball and could live with coming out on the wrong end.

“Give credit to Vlady,” said Hyde. “He reached the top 100.”

However, there were other moments that shone more than the final score, including rookie catcher Adley Reutsman’s career first home run. It came in a losing attempt, but was not a game wash for Baltimore.

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Ryan Mountcastle swears he has nothing against the Blue Jays, even if the results suggest otherwise. The Orioles’ first baseman has come up against an American League East opponent so many times that it’s almost expected when he steps up to the plate. Wednesday was another such example.

After scoring six runs against left-hander Bruce Zimmermann in the first five innings, a home run barrage led by Mountcastle – which marked the first feature of Rutschmann’s career – brought the Orioles (27-37) back. Mountcastle has made a habit of building against the Blue Jays; With two more home runs on Wednesday, he has 12 runs from 28 matches against Toronto.

“Mounty is looking at a beach ball out there right now,” Zimmerman said.

Ratschmann’s fourth-innings homer broke a debut no-hit bid from right-hander Jose Berios. Mountcastle’s first home run in the seventh landed from the front of the upper deck, before his two-run shot in the eighth tied the game – a pair of blows that showed just how hot he was at the plate.

After Ratschman’s break against Berios with a two-run homer, Mountcastle’s homer scored the last run against the Blue Jays starter. Berios conceded three runs on three hits with eight strikeouts in seven innings, a strong performance that built on his last two deep starts.

But right-hander Yimi Garcia entered and got into trouble, allowing consecutive doubles to Cedric Mullins and Austin Hays before Mountcastle’s second homer.

“Mounty is watching the ball very well right now and batting brilliantly,” Hyde said, “and we have two big homers.”

a rough go, again

In Zimmermann’s previous 36 1/3 innings, he dismissed 16 batters – and allowed 17 homers. It was a disappointing run that continued on Wednesday, as he conceded six runs in 11 hits in 4 2/3 innings.

The issue has largely been with the placement of his offspeed pitches, and it struck again with Teoscar Hernandez at the plate in the third. Zimmerman dropped a sinker around thigh-height in the middle of the zone, and Hernandez leveled the pitch an estimated 461 feet. After two at-bats, Matt Chapman crushed a slider in the bottom of the zone for another two-run bomb.

Both shots were preceded by soft singles, the kind of bleep-and-blast situation that can derail even the best pitcher. Zimmermann started the season in good form, but his most recent seven outings showed a smattering of long balls against him, to no end.

he is tinkering with your set and windup, hoping to change where his hands begin, will reduce the risk of the pitch turning over, as well as the return of some control. But he returned to his earlier windup, and he felt more comfortable despite the longer balls against him. His makeover hit six – the best he’s seen in a while.

“The last pair was a wash with out-of-the-box mechanical changes,” Zimmerman said. “It didn’t feel so comfortable on the mound. But today I felt a lot more comfortable with a lot of my stuff. Just got unlucky in those places, and like I said, I should probably go back to my change It was because it was my best pitch and I had confidence in those places.”

Zimmerman avoided a loss on his record due to a late-inning burst from Baltimore’s offense and a strong bullpen performance behind him. For the Orioles, though, it’s another worrying outing from a starter, the kind of off-kilter display that’s become all too common of late.

“It’s a tough game and a tough league, and this division doesn’t give you any breaks,” Zimmermann said. “There’s no excuse or anything like that. You have to go out there and you have to perform.”

around the horn

>> The Orioles named left-hander Zack Lowther for the job on Wednesday and claimed an exemption to infielder Jonathan Araz from the Boston Red Sox before choosing Triple-A Norfolk. With this move, Baltimore achieved central depth of field.

>> Right-hander Joey Krehbeil threw off the mound for the second time on Wednesday following his injury list for a shoulder swelling. On Monday, he bowled 15 fastballs. On Wednesday, he raised the count to the 20s and threw all his pitches. He felt he had “the loosest” of the whole year and was scheduled to be active on Saturday.

>> First baseman Trey Mancini has reduced swelling in his arm and may be off the bench on Thursday.

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