Gausman can't command pitches in short start

Orioles righty allows 7 runs on 8 hits and 6 walks over 3 1/3 innings vs. Yanks

June 11th, 2017

NEW YORK -- If nothing else, the Orioles needed a deep outing from right-hander in Sunday's game against the Yankees after their bullpen was overworked in Saturday's loss.

But Gausman couldn't come through, as he exited the game after 3 1/3 innings of seven-run ball in Baltimore's 14-3 defeat to New York.

"We really needed some length out of me today," Gausman said. "I wanted to kind of get us rolling, get off to a good start. Obviously, that first inning, pitches got away from me. I couldn't make pitches to minimize [the damage]. Just bad."

Gausman walked six and allowed eight hits to go along with the seven runs. The big blow came in the Yanks' five-run first inning when smacked a three-run home run, which went a projected 450 feet, according to Statcast™. Gausman allowed two more runs in the fourth on a single.

"It's just unacceptable on my part," Gausman said. "To walk [six] guys, that's not me. That's the one thing I'm most frustrated about."

In spite of all the walks, only two of the seven Yankees to score against Gausman reached base via base on balls. Even so, command was an issue for the righty even when he didn't walk batters, as 15 of the 22 batters he faced were either ahead in the count when their plate appearances ended or swung at first pitches.

Slow starts have plagued Gausman for much of the early part of this season. He's allowed 23 runs in the first two innings of his 14 starts.

The Orioles promoted two relief pitchers from Triple-A Norfolk so they'd have fresh arms for later in the game, but they didn't expect to use them so soon.

Now, after Logan Verrett and each threw at least 35 pitches and allowed multiple runs, the Orioles likely will have to shuffle the roster again before their Monday night game against the White Sox.

"If I was to make an educated guess, I'd say yes," manager Buck Showalter said in regard to the likelihood of the Orioles calling up more pitchers.