The Orioles held another Fireworks Night following their 12-3 loss to the Red Sox.
Seemed kind of redundant.
Scott Feldman turned in his shortest outing as an Oriole, allowing eight runs and eight hits in 2 1/3 innings.
“He was up. Basically up,” said manager Buck Showalter. “There’s a fine line there. I thought he might find his step. He had a pretty clean second inning, but he couldn’t get back in there in the third. He just elevated a lot of pitches.
“It’s unfortanate. You’re facing, won-loss record, the best team in the league and there’s a fine line. You’ve seen it against them. He makes a little bit better level of pitches, he’s effective. Fortunately, we’ve seen him pitch a lot better, and tonight wasn’t one of those.”
Feldman has thrown over 90 innings for the Orioles and Cubs this season. The only other active pitchers to work 90-plus innings in both leagues in the same season are Bartolo Colon (2002 Indians and Expos), CC Sabathia (2008 Indians and Brewers), Dan Haren (2010 Angels and Diamondbacks) and Jeremy Guthrie (2012 Royals and Rockies).
Feldman is the first pitcher to accomplish the feat while pitching for the Orioles and a National League team in the same season, and he joins Ken Holtzman (1976) as the only pitcher to work 90-plus innings with the Orioles and another team in the same year.
“He’s the guy we felt like could come in here and give us a chance to win games, and he did,” Showalter said. “He’s a guy who, I guarantee if there was another outing, you wouldn’t want to be facing him. He’s a pro. It hurts to see him finish the season like that, but knowing Scott, it will drive him even more. He’s going to be 31 years old next year and he’s a guy whose statistics have come over to the American League just like they were in the National League. He’s going to be somebody that people are going to want, including us.
“He’s solid. Tonight wasn’t the night, though, and that’s frustrating for him. I would have liked for him to finish the season on a note that’s more indicative of how he’s pitched this year.
“I think Scott’s got enough of a track record and enough maturity. Believe me, he’s frustrated by tonight. I think he knows over the long haul... I’ve known Scott for a long time and there’s a reason why his work is warranted and wanted. You’re going to have some tough outings. Every pitcher on that field, both teams on that field, everybody’s had that kind of outing. Unfortunately, the timing doesn’t always cooperate.”
Zach Britton allowed five hits in 3 2/3 scoreless innings. Steve Johnson was charged with two runs - both scoring after he left the game - in 1 2/3 innings, with three walks and three strikeouts.
Mike Belfiore, making his major league debut, surrendered a three-run homer to David Ortiz after replacing Johnson and a solo shot to Jonny Gomes.
“I thought Britton threw the ball real well tonight once he got the anxiety out of the way,” Showalter said. “Stevie, it got away from him the last couple of hitters, but it’s tough on both those guys. They’ve been sitting around for a while, and even though they’ve been throwing, the competitive part of it is a little different. I thought both of those guys presented themselves well. And Mike Belfiore, it was a tough spot for him, but at least he got an opportunity.”