Kremer didn't factor into the decision in Saturday's 10-7 loss to the Blue Jays after giving up two runs on three hits and three walks while striking out six over six innings. The quality start was the second of the season for Kremer, who looked poised to pick up his first win of the campaign until the Baltimore bullpen squandered a 7-4 lead in the ninth inning. While wins will likely remain few and far between for Kremer while he pitches for a 23-47 Baltimore squad, he's performed well enough over his past two starts to at least stick in the rotation while John Means (shoulder) and Bruce Zimmermann (biceps) are on the shelf.
Kremer will start Saturday's game against the Blue Jays, Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com reports. Baltimore is down two starting pitchers in John Means (shoulder) and Bruce Zimmermann (biceps), so Kremer will receive a second straight turn through the rotation following his promotion from Triple-A Norfolk earlier in the week. He acquitted himself well in his start Monday against Cleveland, working 5.1 innings and giving up four runs (three earned) on four hits and no walks en route to taking a loss. For the season, Kremer is 0-6 with a 6.65 ERA, 1.55 WHIP and 39:16 K:BB in 43.1 innings.
Kremer (0-6) took the loss Monday, giving up four runs (three earned) on four hits over 5.1 innings in a 4-3 loss to Cleveland. He struck out two without walking a batter. The 25-year-old continues to hunt for his first win of 2021, but this was actually one of Kremer's better efforts for Baltimore -- it's only the second time in 10 starts he's pitched past the fifth inning, and he'd surrendered nine earned runs over seven innings in his last two starts before his late-May demotion. He'll carry a 6.65 ERA, 1.55 WHIP and 39:16 K:BB through 43.1 innings into his next outing.
Kremer has been recalled by the Orioles and will start Monday's game against Cleveland, Dan Connolly of The Athletic reports. Kremer was sent to Triple-A Norfolk on May 26 after he allowed five earned runs on six hits and three walks across four innings in his last start. The right-hander has been charged with five losses in his first nine major-league starts this year, but he'll take the mound in Monday's series opener. In two starts with the minor-league club, Kremer allowed five runs (four earned) on three hits and five walks while striking out 14 in 8.2 innings.
The Orioles optioned Kremer to Triple-A Norfolk on Wednesday. Kremer heads back to the minors one day after he was roughed up by the Twins for five runs on six hits and three walks over four innings to drop to 0-5 on the season. The Orioles haven't named an immediate replacement in the rotation for Kremer, but long reliever Keegan Akin would appear to be the most logical option to fill the opening.
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