Gunnar Henderson’s first Camden Yards home run not enough for Orioles in 3-2 defeat to Tigers

The Orioles’ struggles against left-handed pitchers have stumped manager Brandon Hyde. For much of his tenure, Baltimore’s roster has been largely right-handed, meaning his club would have the platoon advantage in those matchups.

“I feel like in the past few years,” Hyde said, “that was our best shot.”

That led to a reshuffled lineup Tuesday as the Orioles tried to break out of those troubles. Rookie sensation Gunnar Henderson, the club’s lone consistent offensive force since he was promoted on the last day of August, landed in the leadoff spot, with the 21-year-old becoming the youngest major leaguer to start atop a lineup since the San Diego Padres’ Fernando Tatis Jr. in 2019 and youngest Oriole to do so since Manny Machado in 2013.

“We’re just giving it a try,” Hyde said before the game. “I’d like to see him be at the top of the order to get as many at-bats as possible.”

It proved a sound strategy. Henderson’s single in the third inning off Detroit’s Joey Wentz prevented a Tigers left-hander from taking a no-hit bid into the late innings for a second straight night. In the seventh, his two-run home run off right-hander Joe Jiménez, his first at Camden Yards, spoiled the Tigers’ pursuit of consecutive shutouts. But as has been the case for much of Henderson’s time in the majors, the Baltimore lineup around him failed to produce.

With a 3-2 defeat, the Orioles (76-71) ensured a series loss to a Tigers team at the bottom of the American League Central and moved five games back of an AL wild-card spot with 15 games remaining. Detroit is 5-0 against the Orioles and 52-91 against everyone else. Baltimore has lost 10 of its past 15 games.

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Source:: The Denver Post

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