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David Hess

Rays repeatedly hit David Hess hard, knock him out in third inning in Orioles’ 8-1 loss

Rays repeatedly hit David Hess hard, knock him out in third inning in Orioles’ 8-1 loss

Orioles right-hander David Hess took the slow walk off the Tropicana Field mound as Daniel Powter’s “Bad Day” echoed throughout the stadium. Hess’ outing Wednesday night against the Tampa Bay Rays matched up far closer to the song’s title than its status as a one-hit wonder.

The Rays pounded Hess in their 8-1 victory, striking for six runs in his two-plus innings. Hess faced 13 batters, with 11 putting the ball in play at more than 97 mph, nine smashing 100 mph drives, eight recording hits and none striking out. In all, Hess allowed an average exit velocity of 102.3 mph, the highest of any starting pitcher in the majors this season, per Statcast data.

“Just leaving balls...

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