The Orioles allowed runs in only one inning tonight. However, 10 proved to be 10 more than they could handle.
Four Athletics pitchers combined for the shutout in a 10-0 victory over the Orioles before an announced crowd of 10,480 at Camden Yards.
Trey Mancini had the only hit for the Orioles with a two-out single off Liam Hendriks in the first inning. Chris Davis reached on an error leading off the second and Jace Peterson walked in the third.
Only three baserunners the entire night, as the Orioles fell to 41-104 overall and 24-46 at home.
Oakland pitching retired the last 20 batters and the Orioles suffered their 13th shutout of the season.
Andrew Cashner couldn’t record an out in the third inning, all eight batters reaching against him, and he was charged with eight runs to raise his ERA to 5.29.
Cody Carroll retired Ramón Laureano on a popup for the first out after 11 batters reached base. Fifteen came to the plate.
Manager Buck Showalter got through the game without using David Hess, who’s moved to the bullpen and could back up Luis Ortiz on Friday or Yefry Ramírez the following night. Left-hander Josh Rogers wasn’t available tonight, but he’s also in the bullpen and could pitch this weekend.
Daniel Mengden replaced Hendriks after the first and covered the next five innings, walking one batter for the only blemish on his line.
The Orioles have lost 10 of their last 11 games and 18 of 22.
Stewart is the 55th Oriole to appear in a game this season, a new club record. He’s the 14th to make his major league debut, tying the record set by the 1955 team.
Alex Cobb won’t make Sunday’s start and the spot is listed as TBD.
Cobb could be held back until the end of the Blue Jays series that runs from Sept. 17-19 or pitch next weekend in New York.
Showalter suggested that Cashner might have been dealing with a physical issue.
Showalter on Cashner: “He came out, I thought, looked pretty sharp the first couple innings. He just couldn’t stop the bleeding there. Of course, not only him. He was getting behind in the count. Looked like he was going to have a real good command night, throwing the ball where he wanted to, but just couldn’t get out of rut he got in.
“I know he complained about something. We’ll talk about it tomorrow, see if that had something to do with it.”
Showalter on whether he was put in bullpen bind: “Roger (McDowell) and I spent a lot of time before every game going through that, even with the numbers we have. Gilmartin had four days off, Carroll had nine. He had a work day the day before yesterday, so he was primed and ready to go. Fry had three days off. I wanted to pitch him tonight, Meisinger had four days off, so we were OK.
“Now we’re getting ready to sit down again and see what we’re going to attack tomorrow. You can’t assume anything, Dylan (Bundy), rainstorms, you’ve got to be prepared for everything.”
Showalter on whether the team is running out of gas: “There’s something I could say sarcastically, but I won’t. It’s always this time of the year you wonder about that, you worry about it, especially with young guys who are pitching in the time of year they’ve never pitched before, most of them. But there’s a different type of toll it takes sometimes.
“That’s also part of the evaluation of some of the young pitchers. You’re looking for that guy who can do certain things this time of year. It’s a great time to separate yourself and doesn’t really apply to Cashner or Alex or Dylan. But they still want to do that. But running out of gas? I would hate to use that as an excuse, OK? I certainly think there’s some emotional and mental challenges this year that we haven’t had in the past. I’ll give you that.”
Showalter on offense:“Obviously, we had a really bad inning pitching-wise, but we had one hit. One hit. Hendriks is a guy that we had him, he was throwing 92, now he’s 98 at 28, 29 years old. He’s really come on the past couple years. Try to give him credit, but we need to do a better job than that. We didn’t hit anything hard. Maybe two or three, but nothing hard. Nothing to really put your arms around and feel proud of.”