Jace Peterson to Breyvic Valera to Trey Mancini on the 5-4-3 double play to end the first for David Hess and the Orioles, who lead 1-0 in their bid to not be swept by the Royals and fall to 40-97 into Labor Day. Just wanted to type that all out.
Alcides Escobar had the third Royals single of the second inning to tie the game at 1, and here's Meibrys Viloria up from the Carolina League for his first major league at-bat. The home fans are excited by a look at their future.
David Hess' pickoff throw to second base knocks off Jonathan Villar's glove to allow Bonifacio to go to third. Breyvic Valera one-hops the throw to third from short-center, and Jace Peterson can't come up with it. Two errors later, the Orioles trail 4-1. A three-error inning.
Mike Wright Jr. hit Rosell Herrera, walked Alcides Escobar, and had both score on Meibrys Viloria's first big league hit, a double to RF. Escobar ran through the stop sign and would have been out, but Caleb Joseph couldn't secure the ball. The Orioles trail 7-1.
Hunter Dozier triples to left-center field to make it 9-1. The Royals are a team that runs, but they've run pretty liberally on Cedric Mullins this series. Mike Wright Jr. is out and Tanner Scott is in.
The Orioles lose, 9-1. That's 11 sweeps in 22 road series, which is half. Hess: 4 IP, 4 ER. Villar: HR. Rickard/Davis: 2 H. They are 40-97, and leave Kansas City 5 1/2 games up on the host Royals for next year's top pick.
by Eduardo A. Encinavia twitter9/2/2018 9:43:20 PM
Buck Showalter said this weekend that the Orioles and Royals were doing the same thing in rebuilding with speed and defense. On another barometer of a series that’s as big an indictment of the Orioles’ present and future than any other: bsun.md/2PxE5P3