Carroll County Times

Jimenez turns in good outing, but Springer homer sinks O's

HOUSTON - Ubaldo Jimenez made it through six innings. Unfortunately for the Baltimore Orioles he couldn't pitch in the seventh.

Jimenez threw 112 pitches through six, and in the seventh, Preston Guilmet came on and allowed a two-run home run to the hot rookie George Springer as the Orioles lost to the Houston Astros 3-1 before 22,884 at Minute Maid Park on Thursday night.

Guilmet (0-1), who had not allowed a hit in his first 6 1/3 innings with Baltimore, allowed a single to Jose Altuve with one out in the seventh, and Springer hit his 10th home run, his seventh in the last seven games.

"I just left a pitch up in the zone. That was the one that got hit. A couple of other pitches were up, too. In general, a little up in the zone tonight," Guilmet said.

Houston (23-32) has won six straight. Josh Fields (1-3) pitched two innings in relief of Brad Peacock for the win.

In the second, Houston loaded the bases off Jimenez. Jason Castro walked, Matt Dominguez singled, and with one out, Alex Presley walked.

Jimenez threw a wild pitch to score Castro, but the starter who took the throw from Nick Hundley at the plate argued vehemently with home plate umpire Mike Muchlinski.

The call was appealed, and after a lengthy review of 4:25, the call stood, and the Astros led 1-0.

"I'm pretty sure I had him because his cleat got caught on my glove. He almost made a hole in the glove. That's what I was trying to show the umpire. He never touched home plate. I have the hole mark from his cleat on my glove," Jimenez said.

In the fourth, Baltimore tied the score off Peacock. Steve Pearce, who had been elevated to second in the batting order for the first time since July 26, 2011, doubled, and with two outs, Nelson Cruz singled to score Pearce.

While Pearce batted second, Manny Machado was dropped to seventh for the first time since his rookie season in 2012.

Peacock allowed one run on six hits in six innings, striking out eight.

After his rocky second, Jimenez made it through six innings without allowing another run. He gave up one run on three hits, walking three, striking out eight and hitting a batter.

"It's not always going to click together. You're hoping one part of the game is good enough to offset the others and we have for the most part. I have a lot of confidence that our best baseball is ahead of us. Tonight we just didn't swing the bats well enough. Ubaldo deserved a better fate," manager Buck Showalter said.

WIETERS TO THROW: Matt Wieters is scheduled to throw on Friday for the first time since he went on the disabled list on May 11. He'll do some light throwing to begin testing his right elbow.

"It's gotten a lot better over the last few days, which is what we were waiting on. Waiting for it all to subside and it's all gotten out. Now it's just a matter of going through the throwing progression and hopefully everything keeps getting better," he said.

Showalter has been closely monitoring Wieters since he saw orthopedist Dr. James Andrews on May 9.

"I don't think we're going to get a definitive answer. Hopefully, it starts the process of getting a little bit more and a little bit more and getting to the point. I think we've given it every opportunity to heal itself, so to speak, or scar over. We're hoping that's the case, but we won't really know, until probably his third or fourth session when he kind of starts stretching out a step. Tomorrow's a step. It wouldn't be anything real strenuous tomorrow, I would think," Showalter said.

HUNTER COMING ALONG: Showalter reported that Tommy Hunter is recuperating from his left groin injury. Hunter has been throwing off flat ground for the last four days and that there's a chance he could be back with the team when he's eligible on June 5.

Hunter may be able to pitch for a local affiliate next week.

ODDS AND ENDS: Dylan Bundy threw 50 pitches in three innings in an extended spring appearance. ... Outfielder Francisco Peguero, who was at the end of his designated rehab for wrist tendinitis will remain on the disabled list with a hamstring injury. ... RHP Edgmer Escalona (shoulder) is scheduled to pitch for Norfolk on Friday.