O’s Game Blog: Kyle Bradish makes his major league debut

After completing a 10-game road trip where they went 3-7, the Orioles enter a 10-game three-team home game tonight against Boston. And right-hander Kyle Bradish, acquired from the Angels in a trade from Dylan Bundy in December 2019, will start for the O’s, making his major league debut.

Bradish, who went 2-0 with a 1.20 ERA in three Triple-A starts this year, is ranked the Orioles’ No. 9 prospect via Baseball America and No. 10 prospect by MLBPipeline.com.

In 15 innings at Norfolk — where he went four, five and six innings in successive outings — he allowed eight hits and two earned runs with three walks for 17 strikeouts. He posted a 0.73 WHIP batting average and 0.148 against.

Bradish finished last year on a roll for Norfolk, allowing two earned runs in 20 innings in his last four starts. So in his last seven Triple-A starts dating to last year, he has a 1.03 ERA, allowing 21 hits in 35 innings with nine walks for 41 strikeouts.

Lefty Rich Hill (0-1, 4.85 ERA) starts for the Red Sox. Hill, 42, has pitched 13 innings this year, allowing 15 hits and seven runs with six walks and seven strikeouts. He has a WHIP of 1.615, a walk rate of 4.2 and a strikeout rate of 4.8.

For the Orioles, this is their longest home stay of the season and will include three games with Boston, four with Minnesota and three with Kansas City.

The Orioles (6-13) went 1-3 in Oakland, 2-1 in Anaheim and 0-3 in New York. They’ve lost four in a row. Over the four games, their pitcher, who had a team ERA of 2.89 through Saturday, allowed 34 runs with a 7.88 ERA.

The O staff allowed just three homers in the first 14 games of the season, but allowed 12 in the last five.

In Thursday’s 10-5 loss at Yankee Stadium, the Birds drove in 10 or more hits for the first time with a season-high 14, which included a season-high seven added hits, all in double.

The Orioles scored just 24 runs in their first 12 games and have now scored 35 in the last seven, batting .297 (19 for 64) with runners in scoring position in that span. While they had only hit four homers in the first 14 games, they have now hit five in the last four games.

Note from me: This is the first new gaming blog in a few days and I’m happy to have reached the point where I can do it again. After my medical problem here in the West, I have to go home tomorrow and I can’t wait. Thank you all for your concern and support and for not worrying too much about what happened here. Being kind of a private person about some things, I’m always sorting it out on my own and not ready to say much more.

But over the next few days, I’m slowly going back to my normal Orioles coverage, and just reading this sentence makes me very happy.

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