The Baltimore Orioles battled hard late last night (or this morning) in Anaheim, but ended up falling in the last of the ninth inning. However the immediate concern after the game and still now is the condition of backup catcher, Chance Sisco. He was injured when he collided with third baseman Pedro Alvarez while the two attempted to field a foul pop. Sisco in essence was “clothes lined,” to borrow a term from football. He was later diagnosed with a facial contusion.
While this goes as a loss, it’s not a bad loss per se. There were some bright spots, most notably starting pitcher Alex Cobb, who turned in his best outing of the season. Cobb’s line: 6.0 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 2 BB, 2 K. With the exception of a Simmons RBI-double and a Valbuena solo homer in the sixth, Cobb mowed Anaheim batters down, earning a quality start.
The aforementioned Anaheim runs gave them a 2-0 lead, which they held into the ninth inning. However Oriole bats, which to that point had produced one (first inning) hit, came to life and made a game of it. Manny Machado‘s RBI-double cut the lead to 2-1. That brought Adam Jones to the plate, and his RBI-single tied the game at two.
Again, Oriole bats were quite over most of the game. But they came alive when they needed to come alive, which was good to see. Unfortunately, Upton’s RBI-single in the last of the ninth off of Brad Brach won it for Anaheim. Brach on the Upton at-bat (quote courtesy of Steve Melewski, MASNsports):
I threw two really good sliders to him. Tried to throw a third good one and overthrew it and left it up in the zone. A mistake you can’t make. You have to make him chase it and make your pitch. It’s extremely frustrating. The team deserves better.
My question would be why would you throw three straight sliders? Most pitchers won’t throw the same pitch thrice consecutively. I’m no pitching expert, and the fact is that Brad Brach is – in the sense that he’s a big league pitcher. But it was obvious he was waiting for that hanging slider.
Again however, the bigger issue for the O’s right now is Sisco’s condition. The Birds are expected to re-evaluate Sisco today, and will make a roster move if he’s unavailable off the bench. Showalter on Sisco’s injury (quote courtesy of Brittany Ghiroli, mlb.com):
He got more of it on his nose more than anything. You know, when you have a real hard blow and your eyes tear up. Right now, he’s not showing any concussion symptoms at all, so what we’ll do is make some possible plans in case he has something [happen]. We’ll give him a call tomorrow morning and make sure that nothing has cropped up. That way we can [call up] a catcher if we have to.