The Baltimore Orioles dropped their third game of the season on Saturday.
The Orioles were in a dogfight with the Toronto Blue Jays and it began as a pitcher’s duel. Baltimore would fall behind 1-0 against Toronto and it came down to the top of the ninth inning for Baltimore. With a sac-fly from Jonathan Schoop to score Craig Gentry, Baltimore tied the game 1-1. Tyler Wilson would subsequently give up the game-winning home run to Kendrys Morales.
Despite the loss, the Orioles had a lot to be proud about with the team debut of Alec Asher. The right-handed pitcher was acquired by Baltimore in exchange for a player-to-be-named-later who was sent to the Philadelphia Phillies. In his first start for Baltimore, Asher pitched 6 1/3 innings, only allowing one run on three hits. He also had five strikeouts to just one walk.
“I felt good,” Asher said to MASNSports.com. “It is tough to get the loss but I feel like we battled as a team. I felt good out there and just hoping to continue that. Everything was working pretty well for me. But just concentrated on staying down and getting weak contact and working off of that.”
On his first game in an Orioles uniform, Asher may already be sent down to make room for an extra reliever. The impression that he has made will go a long way, however.
“I don’t know what else you’ve got to do, but also with three guys down in the bullpen, we’ve got to make sure we’re covered tomorrow,” Baltimore manager Buck Showalter said.
The Orioles also won’t need a fifth starter for quite some time. This will allow Baltimore to return to their annual shuttle service of the minors to Majors. Asher has options, so most likely he will be moved down (at least for 10 days).
“We don’t need a fifth starter until next Saturday, so barring a DL, we wouldn’t be able to bring him back for then,” Showalter said. “So there’s a lot of wheels turning there to make sure we can put our best foot forward. We’re going to check on our health with a few guys tomorrow, but we’ll be covered one way or another.
“You don’t want to do that (option out Asher), but we are playing Toronto without Alec tomorrow and we’re going to play three games against Cincinnati, three games without Alec, and potentially the first game against Boston. He certainly did his part.”