He has gotten two big challenges to start his career. The first was making his MLB debut on three days’ rest and overcoming allowing a three-run homer in the first. The second was facing Boston on the road on seven days’ rest.
Now maybe the Orioles will let the kid settle into an every five-day schedule, give him at least six to eight starts, if not more and begin to see what they have here. If he’s good enough to stay longer than that, great. If he needs more work on the farm, they can send him out for that. But right now with this team in last place it is not (in my opinion) the time for this kid to go back and forth and back and forth between the minors and majors.
Let him settle in and provide the club a chance to take an extended look at him. Between his strong finish last year at Double-A and strong start this year at Triple-A, he has earned the chance.
Hess has a four-pitch mix that again was mostly two-pitch heavy on Sunday. Of his 87 pitches against Boston, 91 percent were either fastballs (he threw 60) or sliders (he threw 19). He threw just four curveballs and just four changeups according to the Baseball Savant website.
Boston finally got to those fastballs, going 4-for-6 with a double and two homers in the third time through the order. In a four-run fifth, Andrew Benintendi hit a two-run homer and J.D. Martinez added a two-run homer. Both came off fastballs and Martinez blasting one 108.4 mph that went 443 feet to center field.
It was a tough inning for the rookie. But let’s see more. Let’s see how he does Friday on regular rest against Tampa Bay. Let’s see how he responds to what he gained and learned from his first two major league starts.
Meanwhile, the Orioles will take a 14-32 record to Chicago tonight to begin a four-game seris aginst the White Sox, who are 13-30, but took three of four over the weekend from Texas.
The Orioles were shutout 5-0 on Sunday and could not score despite getting 13 hits. They set a club record for most hits in a nine-inning shutout. They went 1-for-10 with runners in scoring position and left 14 on base.
On the farm: Right-hander Michael Baumann had a successful debut for Single-A Frederick in the Carolina League. In Game 1 of a doubleheader he pitched a seven-inning complete game on 94 pitches as the Keys beat Myrtle Beach 6-1. Baumann allowed four hits with one walk and two strikeouts. He gave up a single, two doubles and a homer in getting the victory.
A third-round round pick out of Jacksonville University in June 2017, Baumann has dominant numbers since joining the pro ranks. In seven starts for Single-A Delmarva this year he went 5-0 with a 1.42 ERA. In 38 innings he allowed 23 hits with 13 walks, 47 strikeouts and a 0.95 WHIP.
Preston Palmeiro hit a grand slam and drove in five runs in the second game as Frederick won 10-1 to improve to 18-24.
Triple-A Norfolk swept two from Louisville by 3-1 and 6-5 scores. Caleb Joseph went 3-for-6 in the two games, catching the first and serving as DH for the second. Drew Dosch had four hits in the two games and is batting .333. Lefty John Means started the nightcap making his Triple-A debut, and allowed four runs and eight hits over 4 1/3. Ryan Meisinger earned the victory in his Triple-A debut, allowing just one run over 1 2/3 and fanning four.
Double-A Bowie beat Trenton 10-5. Cedric Mullins went 3-for-5 with a double, homer and career-high four RBIs and is batting .282. Ryan Mountcastle went 3-for-4 and is batting .341. Hunter Harvey allowed three runs and five hits in four innings.
Right-hander Branden Kline allowed two runs over two innings but it was pretty significant that he pitched back at the Double-A level, making his first appearance there since May 20, 2015, exactly three years ago yesterday. Since then he’s had Tommy John surgery and two follow-up procedures before returning to the mound this season.
Single-A Delmarva split a twin bill with Hagerstown In the Game 2 win by 4-0, right-hander Matthias Dietz allowed just three hits in six scoreless. He is 4-1 with a 3.28 ERA.