End of streak notes, minor league injuries, Henderson and more


ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — The Orioles clubhouse was busier this afternoon, with televisions tuned to baseball and golf, and players joking around and interacting with each other.

Last night’s 5-4 loss, which ended a 10-game winning streak, created silence and left the Orioles visibly frustrated.

“We played so well,” manager Brandon Hyde said. “Just disappointing that we lost a tight game like that. We feel like it’s a game we should have won.

Failing eight riders in the first six heats spelled disaster.

“We had our opportunities early in the game to add a lead.” said Hyde. “When you let teams like this hang on – we’ve seen that in the past with these guys – it’s very, very difficult.

“We had a bad run. We made a nice little comeback with (Ramón) Urías hitting the two-run homer to cut it in one. We just couldn’t have any more after that.

Hyde felt his team had played “free and easy” rather than letting the streak create a level of stress.

“I thought our dugout had a ton of life and energy going into the game last night,” he said. “We scored a few points early. We missed a few opportunities offensively, and I think once you’ve done that, you really rely on your pitching team, and there’s a lot of pressure on them.

“You have to be able to score against these types of teams when they give you the chance. And sadly, we just didn’t do enough of that last night.

The Orioles announced today that reliever Travis Lakins Sr. had “a setback” while in rehab in Sarasota. Lakins is on the 60-day injured list with right elbow inflammation.

Pitcher Denyi Reyes begins a rehab assignment with High-A Aberdeen today.

Single-A Delmarva has placed infielder Anthony Servideo on the seven-day disabled list with a sprained groin.

Norfolk Triple-A infielder Gunnar Henderson competes in tonight’s All-Star Futures Game in Los Angeles. Henderson, 21, is batting a combined .294/.428/.540 with 16 doubles, six triples, 13 home runs, 54 RBIs and 15 stolen bases in a total of 348 plate appearances between Double-A Bowie and Norfolk.

“Really athletic,” Hyde said. “Big, strong. I like his left-handed swing, I like his arm strength on the left side of the infield. He is also an impressive child. I think he’s really matured over the last two years, a few talks I’ve had with him. What a great experience for him to go to the Futures Game. I know he’s having a great year in Double-A and Triple-A now, and we’re pleased with the progress he’s made. And I hope he enjoys his experience there.

Florida Complex League players are at Tropicana Field today.

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