It’s the start of an interleague weekend set between a couple of teams that are under the .500 mark on the year. The Baltimore Orioles are on the road as they play the first game of a three-game set with the Colorado Rockies Friday night. Baltimore closed a four-game series at home with the Yankees Thursday afternoon, losing 6-5. Colorado closed a three-game set on the road against the Pirates Thursday afternoon, missing a chance at a sweep as they fell 14-6. The Rockies took two of three in the last series between the teams, which took place in Baltimore July 25-27, 2016.
Baltimore Orioles Hope to Kick Off Road Trip on Positive Note
Baltimore showed some grit by rallying from a 5-1 deficit in the eighth to tie the game but lost by allowing a run in the ninth. The Orioles enter this one losers of six straight and 17.5 games behind the Yankees in the AL East. Baltimore got a pair of hits from Renato Nunez, including his 10th homer of the season, a three-run shot that tied the game. Dylan Bundy didn’t factor in the decision as he allowed three runs on five hits with two walks and five strikeouts over 5.2 innings. Mychal Givens (0-2) took the loss as he allowed one run on one hit with three walks and two strikeouts in one inning of relief: all four baserunners reached with two outs.
GOODBYE, HOME RUN. HELLO, TIE GAME. pic.twitter.com/Nq6gcNMobR
— Orioles on MASN (@masnOrioles) May 23, 2019
John Means gets the call for the Orioles as he makes his 12th appearance and eighth start of the season in this contest. He comes in 5-4 with a 2.68 ERA, a 1.099 WHIP, 13 walks and 34 strikeouts over 43.2 innings of work this season. Means took the loss in his last start, which came on the road against the Indians on Saturday. He threw five innings, allowing three runs on five hits with three walks and one strikeout in a game the Orioles dropped by a 4-1 score. Means is 2-1 with a 2.50 ERA, a 1.00 WHIP, six walks and nine strikeouts over 18 innings in his three starts this season. He faces the Rockies for the first time in his major league career in this contest. In his 13th major league appearance and eighth start, Means pitches at Coors Field for the first time in his career.
Colorado Rockies Look to Get Bats Hot at Home
Colorado missed a chance at a sweep as they were clubbed for their fifth loss in seven games Thursday. The Rockies enter this one fourth in the NL West, nine games behind the Dodgers in the division. Colorado got two hits each from Trevor Story, David Dahl (run, RBI) and Nolan Arenado (run) in the loss. The Rockies gave up four homers, which of which came in the seventh inning off reliever Carlos Estevez. Antonio Senzatela (3-4) took the loss as he was tagged for eight runs on nine hits with three walks and two strikeouts over 3.1 innings of work.
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Let's goooo!! pic.twitter.com/rwZUOAHA27
— Colorado Rockies (@Rockies) May 23, 2019
Jeff Hoffman is expected to be recalled from Triple-A Albuquerque to make his second start of the season for the Rockies here. He comes in 0-1 with a 7.20 ERA, a 1.20 WHIP, no walks and six strikeouts. Hoffman took the loss in his season debut, which came at home against the Nationals on April 23. He allowed four runs on six hits with no walks and six strikeouts in a 6-3 Rockies defeat. Hoffman is 3-3 with a 7.57 ERA, a 1.542 WHIP, 17 walks and 44 strikeouts over 35.2 innings in seven appearances, six starts, at Triple-A Albuquerque of the Pacific Coast League this season. In his 39th career major league appearance and his 25th start, he pitches against the Orioles for the first time. Hoffman is 2-5 with a 7.41 ERA, a 1.709 WHIP, 39 walks and 61 strikeouts over 81.1 innings in 23 career appearances, 14 starts, at Coors Field.
- Orioles are 11-42 in their last 53 road games vs. a team with a losing record
- Orioles are 10-41 in their last 51 after scoring 5 runs or more in their previous game
- Orioles are 8-44 in their last 52 during game 1 of a series
- Rockies are 4-0 in their last 4 games vs. a starter with a WHIP less than 1.15
- Rockies are 5-0 in their last 5 interleague home games vs. a left-handed starter
- Rockies are 4-0 in their last 4 interleague home games