Baltimore Orioles: A much-needed win and a possible loss

The Baltimore Orioles can’t catch a break. I bet you didn’t expect to see that sentence leading off a story about the Birds snapping a six-game losing streak. And quite frankly, I didn’t expect to have to write it. However the fact is that as grateful as the O’s were to have won that game last night, they may have lost Trey Mancini for today or possibly longer. More on that later.

Dylan Bundy was his normal solid self, putting the O’s in a spot to win. Bundy’s line: 6.0 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 9 K. That one run shouldn’t have happened, although it was earned. With Kipnis (the second hitter of the game) at the plate and one out, Chance Sisco misplayed a foul pop. That would have been a sure out, however Kipnis stayed alive and ended up getting on base – which given the Orioles’ propensity for being held accountable for all of their mistakes isn’t overly surprising.

The bases would end up being loaded later in the inning, and Bundy grazed Encarnacion’s jersey with a pitch. And when I say grazed, I mean that the ball may not have even touched hard enough to brush lint off of the jersey. But it still goes as a HBP, and in that case it forced in a run to give Cleveland a 1-0 lead.

That aside, Cleveland did the normal routine for Oriole opponents in terms of getting guys on base with seeing-eye singles and by finding holes in the shift. But Bundy never allowed any of those runners to score. The Orioles’ first hit of the game came in the last of the fourth, when Manny Machado went deep and tied the game at one.

One inning later the Birds had two on with nobody out, and Trey Mancini plated those runs with an RBI-double to the gap in left center. That gave the O’s a 3-1 lead, which the bullpen was able to hold. But unfortunately for the Orioles, the news wasn’t all good.

Mancini chased down a foul pop towards the left field line in the eighth, and crashed into the wall. He immediately rolled over in obvious pain, and was lifted from the game. The Orioles announced after the game that he was undergoing an MRI, and his status for today’s game is up in the air. Manager Buck Showalter addressed Mancini’s injury with the media after the game (quote courtesy of Brittany Ghiroli, mlb.com):

X-rays, he’s got a puncture in there, too. We’ll see how he is tomorrow. They’re contemplating a couple of sutures, but we’ll see. For him to come out of the game, he got pretty stiff.

Mancini’s listed as day-to-day, but I wouldn’t expect to see him in today’s game, unless he magically wakes up this morning and everything is healed. He’s not a guy that the Orioles can afford to lose for any extended period of time. As a lead off guy, the offense has really flowed through him of late.

The win snaps the Orioles’ aforementioned six-game losing streak. So the Mancini injury aside, that’s a good thing for this club. Now that the pressure of trying to win one is behind them, for their sake they’re hoping that they’re able to relax just a bit more. Because obviously there’s still a full season ahead, minus about three weeks.

The series continues this afternoon at Camden Yards. Chris Tillman gets the start for the O’s, and he’ll be opposed by Cleveland’s Mike Clevinger. Game time is set for just after 4 PM.

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i i think we need a complete change on the orioles i have been a fan and a man who has followed baseball for over 45 years i think buck is a great and proven manager bur i just feel its time to move on sometimes the message gets old and a fresh face is good but keep in mind i dont blame everything on buck but as unfair as it is the manager is always the one who gets the axe

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Yes, the manager is usually the one to blame. Having said that, I always tell people that if you’re going to fire the manager, you have to have a plan to replace him. Is there anyone out there better than Buck? I would say no. Now that said, you’re entitled you your view. And I respect that. Thanks for reading!

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if they were to fire buck or buck chose to step down domenic who out there would you like to step in if that were to happen domenic just curious to know who you would see as a good replacement thank you for your opinion please give me some names you feel suitable

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Well I’m not suggesting that he should step down. I think he has license to manage in Baltimore for life if he wants it. But let’s say he steps down – they have to have someone. If they manage to keep the team’s core together, they would want s veteran manager such as a Dusty Baker. Or even some like Joe Girardi. But if they get busted up s d moving forward they have a young core, maybe you look to elevate someone’s bench coach and go for a younger manager.

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i agree about joe girardi buck had ties with the yankees also and is familar with the al east as is girardi but dusty baker is a special consultant currently for the giants so that probably wouldnt work out but anyways girardi would be interesting replacement

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Yes but if Dusty had a managerial offer he could take it. That’s how those contracts work. There’s always an out to take a job as a manager.

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girardi would be great thank you

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At the end of the day, Showalter’s not going anywhere unless it’s his decision

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brian price is available LOL have a great evening domenic

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You have to be ready. Price wasn’t ready. You have a great evening as well!

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