ST. PETERSBURG — The Orioles may have found a solution for finding a fifth starter in the rotation, and his name is David Hess.
Making his third major league start on Friday night, Hess led the Orioles to a 2-0 final over the Tampa Bay Rays for Baltimore’s second shutout win of the 2018 season. Hess threw 91 pitches (61 strikes) over 6.2 innings, giving up just four hits and three walks with three strikeouts. Hess leaves Friday with a 2-1 record and the positive of bouncing back from a rough 4.2 outing in Boston that saw him give up five runs.
After the game, Hess fell victim to a pie to the face from, you guessed it, Adam Jones.
The win lifts Baltimore, now on a two-game winning streak, to 17-34. The Rays fall to 23-26 and, with Toronto’s 6-5 win over Philadelphia tonight, the Blue Jays jump ahead of Tampa for third place in the American League East.
The Rays, experimenting with a new pitching method, threw out reliever Sergio Romo to start the game. Romo is also slated to start Sunday’s series finale. Right away in the top of the first inning, the Orioles scored their first run on a double by Danny Valencia that scored Jones, who reached base with one out via single. Jones finished the game with three hits for the second straight day.
Following Valencia’s RBI double, Rays manager Kevin Cash trotted out to the mound and took out Romo, replacing him with Ryan Yarbrough. Yarbrough would record the next 21 outs with eight strikeouts.
In the sixth inning off Yarbrough, the Orioles added their second run on a solo home run by Jonathan Schoop, his fifth of the season. The ball went 442 feet at 107.9 MPH.
After Hess came out of the game in the seventh inning, Mychal Givens recorded the final out. Richard Bleier and Brad Brach handled getting the final six outs, with Bleier picking up a strikeout and Brach notching his eighth save.
Trumo likely headed to DL: Mark Trumbo missed all of April due to a quad strain, and he’s likely headed back to the disabled list after just over three weeks of action. During Tuesday’s 3-2 loss to the White Sox, Trumbo aggravated a knee injury while sliding into second base. An MRI revealed some arthritis and some chrondromalacia (cartilage damage under the kneecap) that Trumbo will need to deal with for the rest of his career, but all of the ligaments are intact and there is no structural damage. Trumbo received a cortisone injection and had the knee drained on Friday, so he will likely head to the 10-day disabled list.
The Orioles plan to announce Trumbo’s status and a potential roster move ahead of Saturday’s 4:10 pm start at Tropicana Field. The pitching matchup sees Andrew Cashner (2-5, 4.72 ERA) taking on Ryne Stanek (0-0, 5.40 ERA).
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