BALTIMORE — Entering the 2019 campaign, no pitcher had better handled the behemoth Los Angeles Dodgers than Ty Blach.
As the Dodgers collected the latter half of what before Tuesday was six straight National League West titles — twice following that achievement with a National League pennant — the left-handed Blach was one of only two pitchers to throw at least 50 innings against Los Angeles from 2016 to 2018 with a sub-3.00 ERA. The Arizona Diamondbacks’ Robbie Ray still had an ERA nearly a full run higher than Blach’s 1.88 mark in that span.
But after the Baltimore Orioles’ 7-3 loss to the Dodgers on Tuesday at Camden Yards, Blach’s career ERA against Los Angeles was up to 3.57, and his ERA in his five-start tenure with Baltimore rose to 11.32. Blach, the former San Francisco Giant, allowed six runs in 2⅓ innings, serving as the losing pitcher in a game that clinched a seventh straight NL West title for the Dodgers (94-52) and was the Orioles’ sixth consecutive defeat.
“It’s just been one of those years,” Blach said. “I just feel like [I’m] leaving a couple of pitches over the plate maybe and they’re just taking advantage of some pitches they can leverage. But they’re a good hitting team.”
After Blach struck out A.J. Pollock to open the night, the next three Dodgers reached, with Cody Bellinger’s RBI single providing an early lead. A batter later, Corey Seager deposited Blach’s 36th pitch into the right-center field stands for a three-run home run.
“I felt like I was making a lot of good pitches,” Blach said. “They just kept battling and kept fouling pitches off and got me deep into counts.”
In the third, Seager swatted his second home run, a two-run shot, to left. Blach departed two batters later. He left the game with 13 earned runs surrendered to the Dodgers in 5⅔ innings this year.
Rookie Gavin Lux followed Seager’s pair with his first career home run in the fifth, coming off Tanner Scott to give Los Angeles a 7-0 lead. The homers brought the Orioles to 164 allowed at Camden Yards, a major league record for most given up at home. Including the two games left in this series, The Orioles (46-98) have eight home contests left and would have to go 7-1 or better to avoid matching or passing last year’s home record for the worst in the franchise’s 65-year stay in Baltimore.
The offense was not blameless in the defeat, though scoring even a handful of runs against rising Dodgers ace Walker Buehler is a difficult task. After the Orioles recorded consecutive two-out singles in the second, Buehler struck out the next four and retired eight straight overall. Baltimore did not get another batter to second base in his seven innings, as he struck out 11 and allowed just four hits and no walks.
— Baltimore Sun