Orioles bullpen suffers another setback in the sixth inning in a 7-2 loss to Twins – The Mercury News

For a second straight night at Camden Yards, the Orioles came through five innings against a first-place Twins team with a tie intact, only for Minnesota to break it with Baltimore’s starter out of the game.

After lefthander Bruce Zimmermann allowed two runs over five frames to continue his impressive start to the season, Joey Krehbiel handed a three-run home run to Ryan Jeffers, the biggest blow in the Orioles’ 7-2 loss before an announced Tuesday. crowd of 6,678, a second consecutive season low.

After posting a 3.46 ERA in April, the Orioles’ bullpen has an 8.18 ERA through three games in May.

Zimmermann got out after a decent 81 pitches, but the Twins had given him the most problems in the fourth and fifth inning by scoring a single run in each. His ERA of 1.48 to five starts is the second best of any oriole in the past 20 years. Dylan Bundy – who will start for Minnesota on Wednesday against Kyle Bradish, one of four pitchers Baltimore took over for him from the Los Angeles Angels in December 2019 – started 2018 with a mark of 1.42.

Keegan Akin took over in the seventh and worked two scoreless innings before giving up three straight doubles to open up the ninth. On the latter, midfielder Cedric Mullins prevented a homerun, nearly catching a drive from Twins shortstop Carlos Correa to the wall, only for the ball to pop out of his glove and enter the warning lane when it slammed into the fence.

The Orioles (8-16) were quiet again offensively and scored two or fewer points on this homestand for the fourth time in five games.

Nevin leaves with groin injury

Orioles third baseman Tyler Nevin, who played his fifth Major League-game of the year after playing a .980 OPS for Triple-A Norfolk, left the squad after the fifth inning with what the team believes was a pain in the right groin wax.

Nevin produced Baltimore’s first run in the bottom of the fourth and grounded out with runners on second and third base that Correa didn’t field cleanly due to an error. Anthony Bemboom followed with a deep flyout to the middle, where Byron Buxton made the catch in the warning lane. Both Nevin and lead runner Rougned Odor, who remained on the error in second place, were tagged, with a relay from Buxton to Correa to second baseman Jorge Polanco who eliminated Nevin in second. The Orioles challenged the call, with Nevin’s left hand seemingly reaching base for Polanco’s tag, but the umpires’ video replay confirmed the verdict.

Nevin stayed on third base in the game for the top of the fifth, when the Twins added another run off of Zimmermann. Mullins led off the bottom half with a double, then scored when Trey Mancini, in the lineup with designated batter after missing three games with bruised ribs, singled to the left.

The Orioles continued to threaten in the frame, bringing Nevin’s spot to the circle on the deck, but Ramón Urías came out to pinch-hit. While the inning ended before Urías officially batted, he replaced Nevin in the field for sixth.

Baltimore has an opening on its 40-man roster, should it have to add a player to replace Nevin.

around the horn

  • Righthander Chris Ellis, on the 10-day injury list with right shoulder inflammation, has left the team to have the shoulder examined in Texas, manager Brandon Hyde said before the game.
  • Yusniel Diaz rejoined Triple-A Norfolk’s active roster on Tuesday after leaving the Tides’ April 12 game with a strained right hamstring. Once ranked as Baltimore’s No. 1 prospect after joining the organization in July 2018 trading with the Los Angeles Dodgers for Manny Machado, Diaz, 25, had a 1,270 OPS at the time of the injury, hitting 1-for- 3 in his return.
  • Top contender Adley Rutschman reported to Double-A Bowie on Tuesday to continue his progression from a right triceps strain he sustained on the eve of Major League Spring training. He was 1-for-4 with a double and caught nine innings. “It felt great so far,” Rutschman said before the game in Bowie. “I think the training staff, all the coaches, they’ve done a great job so far and helped me feel right at home and get me back on my feet.”

This story is being updated.

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