BALTIMORE — The Orioles’ pitching personnel has actually called Jordan Lyles their father, a name he uses with a smile. They see the profession he’s had, its durability and its sturdiness, and wouldn’t be opposed to simulating it. They shadow him in his preparation, the method he brings himself, and take nuggets into their own personalities.
And as it ends up, they can almost beguile him.
Kyle Bradish’s 8 2/3 scoreless innings in the Orioles’ 2-0 win over the Astros on Thursday night — a psychological day as the city invited Trey Mancini back to Camden Yards — was a herculean effort by an O’s pitcher for the 2nd straight video game. Lyles tossed the club’s very first total video game of the season a day prior versus Detroit.
But Bradish was almost perfect, taking an ideal video game quote through 5 2/3 frames. He was eventually tagged for simply 2 hits versus 10 strikeouts.
The outcome? Nearly the Orioles’ very first “Maddux” — a nothing on less than 100 pitches — that would have been the club’s very first considering that Sidney Ponson on June 28, 2001. As Bradish yielded a two-out single in the ninth on his 100th pitch, supervisor Brandon Hyde came out to pull him to a wave of boos.
Bradish strolled off the mound to a round of cheers. And the Orioles, who got a two-run single from Rougned Odor in the 2nd inning, went on to high-five over their 78th triumph of the season.