The Baltimore Orioles will take wins anyway they can get them. Whether it’s 1-0 or 10-0, a win’s still a win. And yes, it all starts with starting pitching, in this case Yefry Ramirez, who was strong in last night’s game. Ramirez’s line: 5.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 7 K.
Ramirez of course has been with the Orioles for a few weeks, and has in fact shown some promise. He pitched five shutout innings last night for the Birds, who are looking at a possible bullpen game today. Any trouble that Ramirez and others got into, they were able to get out of.
On a side note for this game, it came with some good news for Orioles fans. It was revealed that the great Brooks Robinson was going to be returning to the organization in a “Special Advisor” role. It’s unclear what exactly that’s going to mean, but Robinson was very clear in that he won’t be participating in any baseball decisions. It sounds more like a community outreach type of deal than anything else (quote courtesy of Dan Connolly, balitmorebaseball.com):
I’ll be trying to be out in the community maybe and doing some things to try to promote this club and get people to the stadium. I mean, it’s a beautiful ballpark and the Orioles have always been trying to bring people in and been in the community.
And perhaps it was the news of Robinson’s return to the organization which pushed the Orioles to victory last night. A pre-recorded statement from Robinson announcing his new position was played for the Camden faithful during the sixth inning last night. The Birds then proceeded to put runners at the corners in the last of the sixth with nobody out. They would take a 1-0 lead on Jonathan Schoop‘s sac fly-RBI.
It may not be the most graceful way of gaining a run, but it still counts. And when you only put up one run, you have to ensure that defensively you’re covering your bases. Adam Jones made a diving catch of a line drive in the top of the seventh to keep a Texas runner off base. That would have only been one base runner, however in a one-run game that could have made a big difference.
However the big defensive play came in the top of the eighth. The Orioles put two runners on base with nobody out. Reliever Mychal Givens managed to pick the runner off of second base, That was followed by a ground out and a pop out to end the inning. Again, when you’re playing in a one-run game there’s no margin for error. For once this season, the Orioles shut things down when they needed to.
The Orioles were planning to start Jimmy Yacabonis in this afternoon’s series finale. However Yacabonis has taken ill with strep throat, and is unavailable. Buck Showalter said that he would announce his starter this morning, but it’s expected to be someone in the bullpen. Just a prediction with no prior knowledge, but I’m going with Mike WrightMike Wright.
The series concludes this afternoon at Camden Yards. The aforementioned TBD is starting for the Orioles, with Texas throwing Mike Minor. Game time is set for just after 1 PM.