Our Clients:

Field Level Media - Professional sports content solutions | FLM

Apr 6, 2024 6:51 am

Pirates’ Bailey Falter seeks improvement vs. Orioles

Pirates, Bailey Falter

After getting rocked in his season debut, Pittsburgh left-hander Bailey Falter will be up against another stiff challenge when the Pirates host the Baltimore Orioles on Saturday.

Falter (0-0, 13.50 ERA) was tagged for six runs on five hits in four innings on Sunday, but he came away with a no-decision as Pittsburgh beat the Miami Marlins 9-7 in 10 innings.

Falter now will have to bounce back against a Baltimore club that racked up 12 hits in a 5-2 victory over the Pirates on Friday in the opener of a three-game series. It was only Pittsburgh’s second loss in eight games to start the season.

Falter has faced the Orioles just once in his career, when he gave up one hit in one scoreless inning of relief in 2021.

One of the few positives for the Pirates on Friday was the performance of Oneil Cruz, who went 3-for-4 with a solo homer. Cruz is batting .344 so far (11-for-32), a welcome sign after a fractured fibula limited him to nine games in 2023.

“(Hitting coach) Andy (Haines) and our group has done a good job making (Cruz) realize that there’s a lot of the field to use and to go ahead and use it,” Pittsburgh manager Derek Shelton said. “If he uses the other side of the field … you’re not going to throw him out — if he puts the ball on the ground and infielders have to go one way or another.

“It’s just the maturation of him as a hitter.”

Orioles right-hander Tyler Wells (0-1, 4.50 ERA) will attempt to keep Cruz and the rest of the Pirates’ lineup in check when he makes his second start of the year on Saturday.

Wells yielded four runs (three earned) and five hits in six innings in a 4-1 loss to the Los Angeles Angels on Sunday. The offense didn’t come through for Wells, as Baltimore mustered just three hits.

Orioles manager Brandon Hyde wasn’t entirely pleased with the team’s Friday showing, either, one in which Baltimore went 2-for-11 with runners in scoring position and stranded eight on base.

“We left some runs out there throughout the game that we need to do a better job,” Hyde said.

Both teams had to deal with unique weather conditions in the series opener, as snow, hail, rain and a touch of sunshine made their way into the mix.

“Luckily it didn’t snow whenever I was up to bat, but there were some definitely unfortunate at-bats whenever it was starting to come down pretty hard there,” Orioles shortstop Gunnar Henderson said. “It’s just kind of a hang-with-them day.”

The precipitation is expected to ease in Pittsburgh on Saturday.

“I’ve played in snow before,” Shelton said. “I’ve played in rain. I don’t know if I’ve ever played in two hailstorms. You just kind of adapt and adjust to it. Unfortunately, both hailstorms happened when we were hitting. We need to figure out how we can maneuver that next time.”

The Pirates also will hope to maneuver their way past Wells, who earned an impressive win the only time he faced Pittsburgh. He threw seven scoreless innings of one-hit ball, striking out eight and walking two on May 13, 2023.

–Field Level Media

You may also like

yariel rodriguez
Jun 21, 2024 12:15 pm

Blue Jays activate RHP Yariel Rodriguez to start Friday

The Toronto Blue Jays activated right-hander Yariel Rodriguez to start Friday’s series opener at Cleveland. Rodriguez, 27, had been on the 15-day injured list since April 30 with thoracic spine…

robert gasser
Jun 21, 2024 10:37 am

Brewers LHP Robert Gasser set for Tommy John surgery

Milwaukee Brewers left-hander Robert Gasser will undergo Tommy John surgery on Monday, becoming the team’s third injured starter to miss the rest of the 2024 season. The ulnar collateral ligament…

Shohei Ohtani
Jun 21, 2024 2:46 am

Dodgers’ Shohei Ohtani set for reunion with Angels

Shohei Ohtani faces his former team in a regular-season game for the first time when the Los Angeles Dodgers play host to the Los Angeles Angels on Friday night. Ohtani,…

More Baseball News

yariel rodriguez
Jun 21, 2024 12:15 pm

Blue Jays activate RHP Yariel Rodriguez to start Friday

The Toronto Blue Jays activated right-hander Yariel Rodriguez to start Friday’s series opener at Cleveland. Rodriguez, 27, had been on the 15-day injured list since April 30 with thoracic spine…

robert gasser
Jun 21, 2024 10:37 am

Brewers LHP Robert Gasser set for Tommy John surgery

Shohei Ohtani
Jun 21, 2024 2:46 am

Dodgers’ Shohei Ohtani set for reunion with Angels

royce lewis
Jun 21, 2024 2:44 am

Twins get another chance to pick on A’s

Fernando Tatis Jr.
Jun 21, 2024 2:41 am

Fernando Tatis Jr. hopes to stay hot as Padres face Brewers

Read all
fb-post
advertisment
title-icon

Upcoming events

See all odds