Josh Rogers came to the Baltimore Orioles as part of the Britton trade with New York last month. And tonight Orioles fans got to see perhaps a bit of the future, as Rogers was called up and made his big league debut. As his family looked on from the Camden Yards grandstand while crying tears of joy, Rogers didn’t disappoint. Rogers’ line: 5.0 IP 7 H, 3 R, 1 BB, 2 K.
Obviously the Orioles would prefer that their starters go deeper than just give innings. However you can excuse the shorter outing with a guy who’s making his major league debut. And not only was Rogers good, but he also got run support from the Orioles’ offense that’s been absent most of the season – but that we saw for the second consecutive night.
The Birds took the lead early on Chris Davis‘ RBI-single in the first inning. But the difference in this game was that the Orioles actually took advantage of the opportunities with which they were presented. Adam Jones‘ RBI-single in the third extended the lead, and Tim Beckham‘s three-run homer later in the inning opened the game wide open at 5-0.
Toronto would get one back in the fourth, however the O’s weren’t done yet. Craig Gentry‘s two-run home run extended the lead to 7-1. Roberts would make one mistake on a pitch however, as he gave up a two-run homer to Smoak in the fifth. But if you throw only one pitch you’d like back in your big league debut, you’re doing okay.
The good news for the Orioles was that they decided to keep up their scoring. Jonathan Villar and Craig Gentry would add RBI-singles in the fifth. And the fact is that insurance runs are something that the Orioles have been missing this year. Because true to form, Toronto would put three additional runs on the board in the end, before Trey Mancini added a sac fly-RBI, and Chris Davis a two-RBI double in the eighth to square out the Orioles’ 12-5 victory.
It’s unclear how much Rogers works into the Orioles’ plans for the future. For all I know he’s going to be sent right back down tonight. But the fact that someone who came back in a trade this year made a big impact this season isn’t something that should be lost on Orioles’ fans. It’s doubtful that Rogers’ entire career will be as easy as things were for him tonight. But he was effective, and that’s certainly a feather in the Orioles’ cap.