Let the record show that the 2018 Baltimore Orioles won the season finale against New York – at Yankee Stadium. That’s small consolation in a season in which New York was only one of the teams that pushed the Orioles around, however you take small victories however you can get them. The only downside of this victory was that starter Alex Cobb left the game after throwing four pitches (and statistically having pitched no part of an inning) – after re-aggravating a blister on his throwing hand. I would assume that Cobb’s done for the year.
So enter Mike Wright Jr., who promptly gave up three runs. But the comeback started immediately for the Orioles, as Tim Beckham smacked a solo home run in the second inning. He replicated the homer in the sixth, this time with a runner on base – tying the game at three. Renato Nunez would follow suit in that sixth inning as well with a solo homer, and DJ Stewart would add a sac fly-RBI.
When the smoke cleared after that sixth inning the O’s had a 5-3 lead. Stewart would also tack on an insurance run in the eighth with an RBI-double. And that’s something that’s very important, as these young players are starting to see the light when it comes to insurance runs. Are they always necessary? No. But you never realize that they were necessary until after the other team’s re-taken the lead.
Alex Cobb’s suffered from that blister for the better part of a month-and-a-half, but to his credit he never wanted to totally shut down for the season. Even in a lost season. Cobb on the blister (quote courtesy of Roch Kubatko, MASNsports):
It’s nothing that’s going to be career-threatening or anything like that. You feel fortunate about that. You obviously want to finish on a better note, deeper in the game, come back and be healthy for two starts, but we tried pushing it. We tried pushing it because we could. We knew that the risk wasn’t that great that we were taking, that it wasn’t going to cause any further injury.
Second baseman Breyvic Valera is also done for the season after breaking his left index finger trying to dive into home plate in the fifth inning yesterday. There’s no indication that Valera won’t be ready for spring training next year – whether he figures into the Orioles’ long term plans or not. But it certainly personifies how this season’s gone for the Orioles.