After a brief resurgence, the Orioles starting rotation returned to bad form on their current home stand as the Birds lost four of six games. Jeremy Hellickson continued to prove why people questioned the trade that brought him to Baltimore last month. Hellickson has pitched to an ERA of 9.19 in his last three starts. The five home runs he allowed in Friday's series opener against the Angels were particularly alarming. The following day Kevin Gausman did his best Hellickson imitation by serving up four long-balls in the 5-1 loss. Gausman lasted just four innings giving up five earned runs, four walks and six hits. Chris Tillman’s season of misery got even worse yesterday when he made his first
A sacrifice fielder's choice, which led to a walk-off error. Brandon Guyer started the ninth inning with a double to left field. Catcher Roberto Perez then hit a sacrifice bunt, on his third attempt, into a fielder's choice.
Pitcher Masahiro Tanaka makes his return from the disabled list in the series opener at Comerica Park, coming back following some shoulder fatigue. Prior to the injury, Tanaka finally appeared to be finding his groove, posting a 3.13 ERA in five starts since the All-Star Game. He faced the Tigers on August 2, allowing just one earned run over six innings in a losing effort, picking up six strikeouts along the way. With all of the pitching injuries that the Yankees have had to deal with this season, it is going to be important for Tanaka to provide quality starts on a steady basis. The bullpen has faltered a bit as of late, with manager Joe Girardi electing to remove Aroldis Chapman from the closer