The Baltimore Orioles got a quality start out of starter Andrew Cashner last night against New York. But as has been the case for most of the season, that wasn’t enough. Cashner did everything one could do as a starting pitcher to put his team in a position to win. And as I’ve said many times, that’s all you can ask of a staring pitcher. Cashner’s line: 7.0 IP, 9 H, 4 R (3 earned), 2 BB, 4 K.
New York took an immediate lead on an RBI-single by Hicks. One inning later they put another run up an inning later on a wild pitch by Cashner, and a third on a fielder’s choice-RBI by Gardner. Stanton would add an RBI-single in the fourth, and Romine a home run in the ninth to round out NY’s scoring for the evening.
The Orioles put seven hits on the board in the game. The thing was that most of them were singles. Many fans may wonder how that benefits the rebuild effort when they have guys on the roster now who can only hit singles. First and foremost, we’re about a month into the rebuild effort. In essence, at this point the Birds are just playing out a string on the season.
The real work begins in the off season, as the organization will literally start building a team. However going back to the idea of only hitting singles, many people have begged for a higher OBP over times. Isn’t that in essence what hitting singles is? Just getting on base? Eventually that effort paid off, as the Birds put a run across in the last of the ninth with an RBI-single by Jace Peterson.
At the end of the day, they dropped the night cap in the doubleheader 5-1 to New York. However going back to the just hitting singles, this illustrates why I say that small ball isn’t possible in the AL East. As good as pitching is in the division, you can almost pencil in a double-play in the immediacy of a base hit.
But the way games are won in this division is by bludgeoning your opponents. The Orioles did it from 2012-2016, and it’s being done to them now. You have to balance the hitting-for-average with power. And that’s what the rebuild in the off season will hopefully yield.
The series concludes this evening at Camden Yards in a rare Sunday night appearance for the Orioles. Dylan Bundy gets the call for the O’s, and he’ll be opposed by New York’s Luis Severino. Game time is set for just after 8 PM.