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Orioles fall behind early after 32-pitch first inning by Jason Hammel

Orioles starter Jason Hammel didn’t do much to alleviate manager Buck Showalter’s pregame concerns about playing a doubleheader Saturday against the Dodgers.

Hammel allowed three runs -- all on a towering homer by right fielder Andre Ethier -- during a 32-pitch first inning in Game 1 against the Dodgers. He then allowed another run in the second on Mark Ellis’ sacrifice fly.

Of the first 10 batters Hammel faced, six reached base. He needed 51 innings to get through the second inning.

No Orioles starting pitcher has thrown seven innings this season, and it appears Hammel won’t either, which continues to place extra innings on the team’s bullpen.

J.J. Hardy’s two-run homer in the bottom of the second off Dodgers’ starter Hyun-Jin Ryun put the Orioles back in the game at 4-2, and Hammel rebounded nicely in the third with a much-needed nine-pitch inning.

Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun
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