It’s more that they just can’t be that painful anymore.
By now, the Orioles’ pitchers should be calloused to the barrage of home runs: four in the first game and three in the second, with three coming by Gleyber Torres to give him a record 13 against the Orioles this season.
“He’s obviously a very talented player, and he’s going to kill mistakes,” Baltimore Manager Brandon Hyde said. “I think when we were at home we did a better job pitching to him, and today we did not. He’s just a really talented guy, obviously, who has a ton of tools and a great future. We’re making him look like a first-ballot Hall of Famer.”
It shouldn’t be surprising that Trey Mancini homered in both games or that Baltimore’s most consistent hitters beyond him added home runs themselves. Anthony Santander had three hits and a home run in the first game, and Hanser Alberto hit his eighth home run of the season in the second.
The rest are just unpleasant details that get filled in on a nightly basis. The unlucky starters were Gabriel Ynoa, who allowed seven earned runs in six innings in the first game but was commended for getting the Orioles that deep into the game, and newcomer Ty Blach in the second. He was charged with six runs in four-plus innings, with Evan Phillips and Tom Eshelman allowing home runs to Torres after he left.
“I thought Ty Blach threw the ball well,” Hyde said. “He gave up the homer to [Mike] Ford; he gave up the [triple] to [Brett] Gardner. But besides that, there was a ton of soft singles, groundball singles, end-of-the-bat singles that hurt him. But I liked his pitch mix. I like the ability to pitch. I think he can locate. When he misses with his off-speed, it was down. It was nice to see.”
The updated count of home runs allowed this season is 248. Soon, the Orioles will break the major league record of 258 the same way they broke the American League record of 242 within three batters of the afternoon game starting.
Soon, they will be finished with Torres for the rest of the season, but not before he has a chance to break Lou Gehrig’s major league record of 14 home runs against a single team, set in 1936 against the Cleveland Indians in 23 games. Torres’s 13 are the most in the divisional era (which began in 1969), and he has two games to go.
But Hyde wasn’t going to let that happen Monday. With two on and two out and Baltimore trailing 11-6 in the eighth inning, Hyde automatically put Torres on first to load the bases. Gardner grounded out to end the inning.
The Orioles scored eight runs on nine hits, with Rio Ruiz producing a run-scoring groundout before Mancini homered to score two in the third and Alberto hitting a three-run homer in the seventh.
Even the brief late rally from the first game was replicated in the second, as Ruiz drove in two runs with a ninth-inning single that brought the tying run to the plate.
“You’ve got to really hand it to our hitters and our offensive guys — just continuing to battle,” Hyde said. “Love the fight in our guys, bring the tying run to the plate again. It’s tough to stand out on defense and have super-long innings defensively and when you score, they score right behind you. That’s demoralizing at times, but for our guys all year long to be able to fight and battle and scratch and stay in ballgames is a real credit to the character, especially our hitters.”
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