After a snappy first inning, even with that hard contact, Gausman was victimized by a pair of seeing-eye hits — one by third baseman David Freese that eluded second baseman Jonathan Schoop up the middle, and another that was too slow off the bat of designated hitter Josh Bell for third baseman Manny Machado to turn into an out on the infield grass.
According to MLB's Statcast data, similar batted balls are hits just 7 and 8 percent of the time, respectively.
But in a season that has been a seemingly endless barrage of bad luck and batted balls finding grass for Gausman, Tuesday night's start was no different.
After those two singles — and an error on a throw by Machado to enable Freese to go to third base — the Pirates started connecting for some actual hard contact. Center fielder Andrew McCutchen singled home Freese, and first baseman John Jaso scored Bell. A third run scored on a jammed groundout by shortstop Jordy Mercer, a particularly poor piece of contact that extended the Orioles' deficit to 3-1 nonetheless.