Alec Asher hasn’t had many easy assignments when the Orioles have used him as a starter, but he didn’t make it easy on himself Thursday night against the high-flying Washington Nationals.
The host Nationals batted around in a 41-pitch first inning, scoring four runs and helping themselves to an early, easy lead against the Orioles’ fifth starter on their way to a 6-1 win at Nationals Park.
“A lot of counts not in his favor,” Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. “He got ambushed a little bit in the first inning, and it really didn’t look like we were going to mount much.”
Said Asher: “I think my command got away from me a little bit. I...