After Kyle Bradish struggles again, Orioles’ rally comes up short as Rays even series with 7-6 win

For all of his struggles through 10 major league starts, Orioles rookie Kyle Bradish has learned something about himself in the process.

“That I am capable of pitching in the big leagues,” the 25-year-old right-hander said Saturday gave up six runs in Baltimore’s series-evening 7-6 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays.

The outing marked the sixth time in seven starts in which Bradish failed to complete five innings. Since striking out 11 St. Louis Cardinals and walking none over seven innings in his third major league appearance, Bradish has a 9.20 ERA.

“It’s probably one of the first times it’s happened to me in my career,” Bradish said. “But it’s definitely a learning experience, and I’m learning at the highest point of baseball, so just gotta keep grinding through it.

“I try to think back to my debut and then the St. Louis start. Those were the two good ones that I’ve had in the 10. So now, it’s time to start putting up some results.”

He’ll get the opportunity to do so, it seems. Orioles manager Brandon Hyde said the Orioles haven’t discussed removing Bradish, their No. 8 prospect according to Baseball America, from their rotation. Baltimore (29-38) already has one opening in its rotation after optioning left-hander Bruce Zimmermann, who had a 2.72 ERA in his first seven starts and 9.79 in the next six, to Triple-A Norfolk.

“We do have confidence in him and his stuff,” Hyde said of Bradish. “It’s just about learning to pitch up here, and he’s shown games where he was good. He was really good the first time through the order today. Now, it’s just about being able to repeat it and being able to pitch to both sides of the plate. He’s kind of one side of the plate right now and he needs to be able to pitch to both. … He’s developing up here in the big leagues.

“For me, it’s a young starter still trying to figure things out.”

Bradish opened his start with two scoreless innings, with his batterymate, Robinson Chirinos, staking him to a 2-0 lead with a double. But the Rays’ first four batters of the third recorded hits to tie the game. After recording the inning’s first two outs, Bradish fell behind 3-0 on Harold Ramirez, who struck a two-run double. Ji-Man Choi doubled Tampa Bays’ lead with a home run in the fifth on a changeup Hyde felt Bradish misplaced.

The Orioles rallied from that 6-2 deficit to even the score, with Chirinos driving in two more runs amid the comeback. But a run plated on Ramirez’s sacrifice fly off Dillon Tate in the ninth left the Orioles with a loss. Baltimore has lost five of Bradish’s six starts against American League East teams, with Bradish posting a 9.82 ERA in those outings.

Bradish bemoaned his slider after Saturday’s. Chirinos noted how effective the pitch was against St. Louis, generating nine misses among 20 swings against it. On Saturday, the Rays missed only three of their 10 cuts off Bradish’s slider, with another …read more

Source:: The Denver Post – Sports


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