“You get beat some times and today we got beat,” center fielder
The Orioles’ loss Saturday to Detroit was bizarre. And Orioles fans are probably still fuming about the events that led to right-hander
As I wrote in today's Baltimore Sun, it was apparent that Hammel wasn't intentionally throwing at Matt Tuiasosopo. And yes, home plate umpire Hunter Wendelstedt probably jumped the gun in ejecting Hammel so quickly because it was obvious that Hammel was struggling with the feel for his pitches on a muggy Baltimore afternoon.
Hammel even said after the game that his lack of control was evidence enough that he didn't intentionally hit Tuiasosopo because he walked three in the first two innings, didn't display a shutdown pitch early and of course, allowed back-to-back-to-back homers.
At the same time, Wendelstendt acted quickly and definitively because he worried that if he hadn't, there might be retribution. While Hammel didn't deserve to be ejected, he was almost a sacrificial lamb so that another Orioles hitter wouldn't get pelted and possibly injured.
Now the Orioles turn to rookie
This is a big start for Gausman. He has to start showing he can make adjustments at the big league level. The Orioles believe he can. They know Gausman had a track record of rebounding. He had a losing record at LSU as a freshman and became one of the best college pitchers as a sophomore. He struggled with leaving his fastball up in the zone in his first few starts in Double-A Bowie this season, but he made the adjustments there, too.
The Orioles could use a deep start from Gausman, especially after the bullpen had to account for six innings after Hammel's ejection Saturday.
On Saturday, the Orioles signed reliever