Zach Britton is human.
The Orioles rookie, who was turning heads after two stellar outings to start his big league career, was finally beaten Friday by a hot Indians lineup.
Britton struck out six in six innings, but he allowed eight hits and a walk as the Indians put up five earned runs on the top prospect. Travis Hafner belted his third homer of the season with two outs in the sixth.
Even with a down outing, Britton -- who is now 2-1 -- only saw his ERA reach 2.75. He threw 15 of 24 first pitches for strikes, seven ground balls against three fly balls.
Britton won't lose his rotation spot over one outing. He likely won't lose it after a couple tough outings -- particularly with a thinned-out pitching staff.
The rookie said in watching film of his outing, his pitches were down in the strike zone, but often caught too much of the heart of the plate. Aside from the Hafner blast, the Indians didn't hit Britton terribly hard. Matt LaPorta tripled, but the rest of Cleveland's hits found their way through the infield.
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