The Orioles’ fights with the left-handed blasters surprised Manager Brandon Hyde. Baltimore’s squad was largely right-handed for most of its tenure, meaning his club would have a platoon advantage in these matches.
“I feel like in the last few years,” said Hyde, “this has been our best chance.”
This led to a squad reshuffle on Tuesday as the Orioles struggled to get out of the trouble. Newcomer Gunnar Henderson, the club’s only consistent offensive team since their promotion on the last day of August, has landed in the lead, with the 21-year-old becoming the youngest league player to join the squad since San Diego Jr’s Fernando Tatisa. in 2019 and the youngest oriole since Manny Machado in 2013.
“We’re just trying,” Hyde said. “I wish he was at the top of the hierarchy to get as many bats as possible.”
It turned out to be a good strategy. Henderson’s single in the third inning from Detroit Joey Wentz prevented the left-handed Tigers from making a no-hit attempt in the late innings for the second consecutive night. His seventh game in two rounds at home, right-handed Joe Jiménez, his first at Camden Yards, spoiled the Tigers’ pursuit to more scraps. But as was the case most of Henderson’s time in the major categories, the Baltimore lineup around him was unable to produce. After a 3-2 defeat, the Orioles gave the Tigers a losing streak at the bottom of the American League Central and risked moving back six matches to the wildcard AL position with 15 games by the end of the season. Seattle Mariners result late Tuesday. Detroit is 5-0 against the Orioles and 52-91 against everyone else.
Henderson’s home run, the first sign of the Orioles’ life in the series after Tyler Alexander kept them unscathed on Monday 7, gave him 14 RBIs since joining the team on August 31. The team had 67 points in that time, meaning Henderson was leading over a fifth of his runs.
But even Henderson was not immune to the struggle with the scoring runners that plagued the Orioles this month (76-71). Baltimore won 0 to 4 on these occasions on Tuesday with Henderson in the fifth round being the only striker without a strike, reaching 0.205 in September.
The Tigers (57-91) did not need a hit with a runner in a shooting position to win, with Akil Baddoo’s two strokes in the third round against Austin Voth and a seventh single shot by Kerry Carpenter against Joey Krehbiel for their offensive. . Baddoo came close to one at the top of ninth, but a long shot from Jorge Mateo on the flare with an expected batting average of .900 ended the frame and held the Baltimore deficit at one. But Mateo hit to open the bottom half, Henderson was out and Ryan Mountcastle flew to the right side of the field to end the game.
This story will be updated.
TIGER @ ORIOLES
Radio: 97.9 FM, 101.5 FM, 1090 AM
#Gunnar #Hendersons #home #run #Camden #Yards #Orioles #defeat #Tigers #Reuters