Gausman lasted just four innings Sunday, tying his shortest major league start of the season. He allowed five runs and a career-worst nine hits in the Orioles’ 10-2 loss to the Oakland Athletics. The Athletics seemed to have made adjustments against Gausman after he held them to one run and four hits in seven innings June 7 at Camden Yards.
“I think, obviously, they had a plan against me because I pitched well against them the first time I pitched against them,” Gausman said Thursday. “I’m just going to try to understand these hitters a little better, get my plan together today and watch [Wei-Yin] Chen and kind of change my plan and see what works against these guys. They’re a good lineup.”
With right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez on the 15-day disabled list, the Orioles currently have five healthy starters. But when there were six starters, Gausman often bounced between the major leagues and Triple-A Norfolk.
Even though it appears he will continue to start for the Orioles for at least as long as Jimenez remains out of the rotation, Gausman said he still has the mentality that he’s pitching for his spot in the rotation each time out.
“I think I still think about that,” Gausman said. “I think that I know I have to pitch well to stay up here, just like everybody. Everybody has to pitch well or they can either go somewhere else or go down. It’s one of those things that, when I went through a good run and had some good starts, that was in the back of my mind. I kind of had that chip on my shoulder.
“I like having that. I’ve had it my entire career. I kind of like having that, and I definitely still have that mentality.”
Around the horn
After committing two errors in Wednesday’s game against the Los Angeles Angels, the Orioles are now 0-6 this season when making multiple errors. … Angels shortstop Erick Aybar’s steal of third base in the eighth inning Wednesday was the first they allowed in nine games. They have allowed three stolen bases since June 27. … Nelson Cruz returned to the outfield Thursday, playing left field for the first time since fouling a ball off his left foot Friday against the Athletics at O.co Coliseum. Showalter said this week that he might give Cruz more days off from defense down the stretch to make sure he’s healthy throughout the season. Cruz has a history of injury problems in the second half, mostly related to his legs. … Delmon Young batted second Thursday. He is 12-for-31 (.387 average) with two homers and five RBIs from the No. 2 spot this season.