Defining moment of Baltimore's season?
BALTIMORE – Scott Feldman has enjoyed his time in Baltimore. He hopes it didn’t end on Friday night.
Feldman allowed a season-high eight runs and gave the Boston Red Sox a huge leg up in the race for the American League’s best record.
The Orioles’ 12-3 loss to the Red Sox before 30,774 at Oriole Park was essentially over by the third inning when Boston took an 8-0 lead.
Feldman (5-6) has pitched well in many of his starts for the Orioles (83-77). This was not one of them.
He gave up eight runs in 2 1/3 innings and his season ended more quickly than he hoped.
“It would have been nice to finish up a little stronger heading to the offseason, coming off the good game. But the bottom line is, everybody in here wanted to make the playoffs and we didn’t do it. So hopefully next year we’ll get in there,” Feldman said.
Feldman was acquired in early July from the Chicago Cubs for Jake Arrieta and Pedro Strop. Long a favorite of manager Buck Showalter, he’s a free agent, and said he would like to stay.
“I hope that they want me back. I hope I have the opportunity to come back. Really liked the guys in here, the coaching staff’s been great. We’ll see what happens, but I hope so,” Feldman said.
Feldman has pitched the only nine-inning complete game for the Orioles, and before this disappointment, had pitched eight straight games where he allowed three runs or fewer.
“Just wasn’t very good. It seemed like I made lot of mistakes, behind in the count, and they hit them. Any time I made a mistake they pretty much put the good part of the bat on it, and hit it pretty well,” Feldman said.
Showalter was Feldman’s first major league manager in Texas, and would surely like to see him back in Baltimore, too.
“He's going to be somebody that people are going to want, including us. He's solid. Tonight wasn't the night, though, and that's frustrating for him. I would have liked for him to finish the season on a note that's more indicative of how he's pitched this year," Showalter said.
The Red Sox (97-63) will clinch home field advantage in a possible American League Championship Series with another win or a loss by Oakland.
“You're facing, won-loss record, the best team in the league and there's a fine line,” Showalter said.
Boston scored five runs off Feldman in the first. Daniel Nava’s three-run home run, his 12th, was the big blow. Stephen Drew had an RBI triple and Mike Napoli a run-scoring double.
In the third, Jarrod Saltalamacchia hit a long drive to right field that was originally ruled a three-run home run, but after a review, it was changed to a double, and Feldman was removed from the game.
Zach Britton allowed a two-run single to Drew, and it was 8-0.
The eight runs Feldman allowed in 2 1/3 were the most he’s allowed since June 4, 2012 when he gave up eight in 1 2/3 innings.
"Scott would be the first to tell you not tonight, but he's the guy we felt like could come in here and give us a chance to win games, and he did. He's a guy who, I guarantee if there was another outing, you wouldn't want to be facing him. He's a pro. It hurts to see him finish the season like that, but knowing Scott, it will drive him even more,” Showalter said.
Adam Jones hit a two-run home run off Clay Buchholz (12-1) in the third. It was his 33rd, a career high, and the Orioles (83-77) trailed 8-2.
Chris Davis hit his 53rd home run of the year to center field in the sixth. It established a new franchise record for most home runs hit at home, 28.
In Buchholz’s previous 15 starts, he allowed two home runs. He allowed three runs on seven hits in seven innings.
David Ortiz hit a three-run home run off Mike Belfiore in the eighth. It was Belfiore’s first major league batter.
Ortiz has 30 home runs this season and 431 in his career, tying him with Cal Ripken for 45th place on the all-time list.
Jonny Gomes hit his 13th home run in the ninth.
“They came out swinging the bats. They hit some good pitches, put up a lot of runs. It wasn’t we weren’t trying, they just hit some good pitches,” J.J. Hardy said.
NOTES: Showalter said that he’ll go for scouting visits to the Instructional League next month in Sarasota, Fla. and the Arizona Fall League.
-Belfiore was the 52nd player used by the Orioles this season, matching last year’s figure.