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Baltimore Orioles’ bats going to sleep

The Baltimore Orioles are having issues scoring runs. That may not be a huge issue for 2020, as they’ve been officially eliminated from playoff contention, and the season ends on Sunday. But you do want to finish strong if possible. Dean Kremer wasn’t able to do that, as he got hit hard by Boston last night. Kremer’s line: 2.2 IP, 7 H, 7 R, 3 BB, 2 K.

Bradley and Plawecki got Boston on the board in the first inning with RBI-singles. That meant the Orioles had to play from behind, which is tough to do at Fenway Park. This much we know.

Martinez added an RBI-double, and Plawecki an RBI-triple in the last of the third. Later in the inning Boston basically ended the competitive portion of the game. Chavis’ RBI-double ran the score to 5-0. And with the bases loaded Devers’ bases-clearing double gave Boston an 8-0 lead.

When you’re down 8-0 in the third, that’s tough to come back from. However Austin Hays would smack a solo homer in the seventh. Boston would also tack an additional run on in the eighth inning, running the final to 9-1.

It’s hard to say why Oriole bats are currently going to sleep. Granted the games now are technically meaningless. However as I said above I do think it’s important to finish strong. That means something going into 2021.

Needless to say, it’s been one of the strangest seasons in history. If not THE strangest. That became the case back on March 12th when spring training was suspended. At the time I recall thinking maybe it would just be a delay of a few weeks. That wasn’t to be. And here we are.

The series concludes this evening at Fenway Park. Alex Cobb gets the start for the O’s, and he’ll be opposed by Boston’s Martin Perez. Game time is set for just after 7:30 PM.

Baltimore Orioles: Austin Hays’ inside-the-parker finally wins it for the O’s

Baltimore Orioles’ starter Alex Cobb cMe within two outs of a quality start this evening in Philadelphia. That’s considered six innings at a minimum, and three runs or less. Cobb’s line: 5.1 IL, 3 H, 3 R (2 earned), 2 BB, 2 K.

Cobb pitched-to-contact all night, hence the low walk and strikeout totals. He gave up a two-run single to McCutchen in the third inning. He also surrendered a solo homer to Bruce in the fifth, which gave Philadelphia a 3-0 lead.

But as usual, the Orioles weren’t about to go away. In fact, perhaps it’s not so much about not going away as it is in-game adjustments. The 2020 O’s seem to be really good at making in-game adjustments. In other words, identifying something that’s working for the opponent, and finding a work-around. That’s the mark of a solid coaching staff.

Renato Nunez got the O’s on the board with an RBI-single in the sixth. Rio Ruiz‘s RBI-double got them to within one at 3-2. And that’s where things really began to open up for the O’s. You could almost see the tide turning in their favor. And they weren’t about to let up.

Dwight Smith Jr.‘s RBI-single tied the game at three later in that sixth inning. And again, you could see the Birds gaining confidence as time went on. They did to Philadelphia what they did to Washington; snuck up on them.

But the O’s weren’t simply content with tying the game. They wanted to win it. And once again it was Hanser Alberto who got the party started. His RBI-double gave the O’s the lead at 4-3 (Alberto would take third on the throw). Anthony Santander would extend the lead to 5-3 with an RBI-single, scoring Alberto.

The O’s May have made some great in-game changes, but at the end of the day Philadelphia muscled the win. Harper smacked a two-run homer in the eighth tying the game. Segura followed suit with a solo shot, giving Philly a 6-5 lead. It’s a tough way to lose, but the Orioles are doing a lot of things right. You win some, you lose some. Only…

…the O’s didn’t lose. The game’s nine innings, not eight. The Birds would load the bases in the ninth, and tie the game at six on Nunez’s RBI-single. What happened next is anyone’s guess.

Pedro Severino (with the bases loaded) popped a ball up just off the pitcher’s mound. It appeared to be the end of the inning. However Philadelphia’s infield botched the play and let it drop. That scored two runs for the O’s, giving them an 8-6 lead…

…but wait, there’s more. Philadelphia loaded the bases in the last of the ninth, and were down to their last strike. But Gregorious blooped a softly-hit two-RBI single into center, tying the game. That’s part of being the home team – having the last at-bat.

Of course it would be an unconventional play that would turn the tide back to the O’s – for good. With a runner starting on second base, Austin Hays sent a liner to center. It went under the glove of the diving outfielder, and went all the way to the wall. Hays ended up with a two-run inside-the-park home run. Philadelphia would push one across in the tenth also, but it was meaningless. O’s win, 10-9.

The series continues tomorrow night at Citizens Bank Park. Wade LeBlanc gets the start for the O’s, and he’ll be opposed by Philadelphia’s Zach Eflin. Game time is set for just after 7 PM.

Baltimore Orioles: Two injuries in an exhibition win

The Baltimore Orioles has to use Tom Eschelman as a spot starter tonight in their exhibition opener in Philadelphia. Keep in mind, Eschelman appeared in ten games for the Birds last year, and had an ERA north of six. Tonight was a different story; he “mowed ‘me down.” Eschelman’s line: 5.0 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 5 K.

Whatever we’re calling this, Spring Training or Summer Camp, it was an exhibition game. So it’s tough to decipher how this translates to a regular season game for Eschelman. However he kept a pretty decent lineup at bay for five innings. In a game he didn’t know he was starting until a day before.

Pedro Severino got the scoring started in the game with a solo homer in the second inning. Hanser Alberto added on in the top of the fourth with an RBI-single. The Orioles were off to a 2-0 lead in front of one of the nicest crowds in Philadelphia sports histories. There was also nobody in the stands. See what I did there?!

Philadelphia attempted a rally in the seventh with a Harper RBI-single, but the Orioles’ pen shut the door. Cedric Mullins smacked a solo homer in the eighth, giving the O’s their two-run lead back. Pat Valaika added a solo shot of his own in the ninth, and the O’s took home a 4-1 exhibition victory.

But was the final score really 4-1? Because when the game ended it turned out that there were a few guys who were scheduled to get work tonight, so the teams went to a very strange tenth inning; even in spring training, I’ve never seen a tenth inning when one team was ahead.

And it worked out for the O’s, as Ryan Mountcastle smacked a solo home run. The game ended after 9 1/2 innings. Again, somewhat strange.

But this win potentially came at a cost. Mullins was in the game because Austin Hays was drilled in the knee by a pitch. He exited, and is considered day-to-day. Earlier in the game Stevie Wilkerson was lifted after appearing to injure himself sliding to make a catch. You hate to see this anytime, but especially in games that don’t count. The status of both players for the regular season is unclear.

The win puts the Birds at 10-7 in spring training. They were 9-7 when everything stopped, and the records just pick up where they left off. It’s worth mentioning that the Orioles were having a good camp when things shut down. They appeared to pick right up where they left off tonight.

The O’s now head home for their lone exhibition game at Camden Yards, tomorrow night against Washington. Alex Cobb gets the start for the Birds, and Washington is yet to announce a starter. Game time is set for just after 6 PM.

Baltimore Orioles: Austin Hays is a keeper

Chandler Shepherd got the start for the Baltimore Orioles last night in Toronto. However no pitcher on either side was worth the price of admission last night. Shepherd’s line: 3.0 IP, 6 H, 6 R, 1 BB, 2 K.

The Orioles trailed 5-0 before they could even get started. However once they got started, they were really in business. And that was due to the efforts of Austin Hays – among others.

Hays smacked a three-run homer in the third to cut the Toronto lead to 5-3. While Toronto would extend the lead to 6-3 later on, Hays also took extra bases away from them with a leaping catch at the center field wall. He would add a solo homer in the fifth, which followed a solo shot by Jonathan Villar. Add on a two-run shot by Rio Ruiz, and the O’s had a 7-6 lead.

After Toronto tied the score at seven in the seventh, the O’s got RBI-singles from Hays and Villar in the eighth to take a 9-7 lead. However Toronto would tie the score back up in the ninth inning at nine, and to extra innings we went. Yet again.

This game showcased the future for the O’s in Austin Hays, as well as a bit of the past. Chris Davis homered in the twelfth to give the Orioles the lead back. However Toronto came back with a sac fly-RBI in the last of the twelfth, and we played on. Finally Alford’s walk off homer in the 15th won it for Toronto.

The Birds walked off losers last night, but the real story of the game was Austin Hays. The guy’s done nothing but play hard and make big plays since he’s been called up. Now I will caution fans that often times you don’t want to put too much stock in both Spring Training stats and those from September. They can be very deceiving.

However as deceiving as those stats can sometimes be, the effort Hays has put in can’t be questioned. Neither can the results. He’s been a shot in the arm to the team and to the fan base. All they can hope is that it continues.

The series in Toronto continues this evening at Rogers Centre. Dylan Bundy gets the start for the O’s, and he’ll be opposed by Toronto’s Anthony Kay. Game time is set for just after 7 PM.

Baltimore Orioles: Austin Hays continues to impress for the Birds

Asher Wojchiekowski got the start last night for the Baltimore Orioles. However he didn’t figure into the final outcome for the most part. Wojchieowski’s line: 4.1 IP, 6 H, 3 R (2 earned), 2 BB, 4 K.

The Birds took a 3-0 lead in the second on two RBI-doubles. One by Stevie Wilkerson, and then a two-RBI double by Richie Martin. One inning later Seattle would get on the board with a solo homer by Long, cutting the Birds’ lead to 3-1.

But Seattle kept the pressure on. Crawford’s RBI-single in the fifth cut the Orioles’ lead to 3-2. An additional run scored later in the inning on a passed ball. And we were tied.

But we weren’t tied for long. Hanser Alberto‘s RBI-single in the last of the fifth gave the Orioles the lead back. However the Orioles’ bullpen coughed up the lead again, this time in the eighth. Crawford smacked a three-run homer, and for a moment Seattle led 6-4.

But the Orioles’ newest potential star came to the rescue. Austin Hays smacked a two-run homer to tie it up at six in the last of the eighth. While the game went to extras, it just wasn’t meant to be last night for the Orioles. Reliever Tanner Scott committed an error in the top of the 13th, which led to Lopes’ run-scoring single. And Seattle won this one 7-6.

However the takeaway should be Austin Hays. He’s been with the team since early September, and at the very least he’s earned himself a solid look in spring training next year. Whether it’s been in the field or at the plate, Hays has brought positive energy, solid play, and a great attitude to Baltimore with him.

The series concludes this afternoon in the Orioles’ final home game of the season at Camden Yards. John Means gets the start for the O’s, and he’ll be opposed by Seattle’s Marco Gonzales. Game time is set for just after 1 PM.

Baltimore Orioles: Austin Hays dazzles in the field in Birds’ loss

Baltimore Orioles’ starter Gabriel Ynoa did what he could to put the O’s in a spot to win last night. He ended up taking the loss, however he also pitched well enough to win. Ynoa’s line: 6.1 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 0 BB, 1 K.

The Birds took a 1-0 lead in the third o. Trey Mancini‘s RBI-double. However back-to-back homers by Toronto one inning later would give Toronto a 2-1 lead. The O’s would tie the game back up at two in the fifth when Anthony Santander hit into a fielder’s choice with a runner on third. Which is also scored as an RBI.

However Toronto’s trademark this entire series has been the big inning. Last night they won the game with a six-run seventh inning. And the scary thing is that this is as young a team as the Orioles.

It seems that no matter who’s played for Toronto over the years, they’ve always had big innings against the Orioles in them. They could get shut out by any other team, but they’ll have a big inning in them to beat the O’s. Trey Mancini would smack ah RBI-double in the seventh, and Austin Hays would homer in the ninth to cut the deficit to 8-4 as the final.

But the big story of the game was Austin Hays in center field. I mentioned above that Toronto smacked back-to-back home runs in the fourth. That was almost back-to-back-to-back homers. And it probably should have been. In fact, it definitely should have been.

Guerrero (Jr.) sent a deep shot to center field – this after two straight home runs. Hays tracked the ball all the way to the wall, timed his jump perfectly, and brought the ball back into play as it sailed over the wall. He flat out robbed Guerrero of a homer.

To his credit, Guerrero tipped his cap to Hays as he ran off the field. As they say game recognizes game. That was one of the best catches of the season, league-wide. And Hays knew immediately that he had done something special, as he pumped his chest with his fist. Now I’m not a huge fan of that sort of thing, as I feel like it could be deemed as showing up the opponent. (Which is part of why I was almost surprised to see Guerrero tip his cap.) However I digress – it was a special moment, and one that we’ll see again on highlight reels in the coming years.

The Orioles will now welcome Seattle into Oriole Park at Camden Yards for the final hike series of the season. Richard Bleier will get the start out of the bullpen, and he’ll be opposed by Seattle’s Felix Hernandez. Game time is set for just after 7 PM.

Baltimore Orioles lose late lead, fall to NY

Mike Wright Jr. got the starting assignment this evening as the Baltimore Orioles began the second half of the Grapefruit League schedule, in Tampa against the New York Yankees. Wright surrendered a couple of early runs, and ended up leaving the game earlier than expected due to an elevated pitch count. (This due to Wright going deep into a few counts, and a few prolonged at-bats due to fouls.) Wright’s line: 2.2 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 1 K.

Cedric Mullins got the game started by drawing a walk. He went to second on a sac fly, stole third, and then took home plate on an errant throw. This illustrates what I’ve been saying in that sometimes if you have traffic on the base paths and/or speed, sometimes you end up making things happen. Mullins put the pressure on New York in that instance, and without even recording a hit the Orioles were rewarded with a run.

New York would take a brief lead on Judge’s two-run homer in the last of the first. However again, part of the Orioles’ game plan this year is going to be to get guys on base. Stevie Wilkerson would do just that in the top of the second, by bunting against the shift to third base. I’m not sure why more guys don’t try to do that, but it certainly looks good on a guy like Wilkerson who’s trying to make the team.

That began a big inning for O’s. Eric Young Jr. would tie the game with an RBI-single, and later in the inning the Birds would load the bases. Eric Young Jr. then came to the plate and gave the Orioles a big lead at 5-2 with a bases-clearing double. Again, get guys on base and things can happen. And make no mistake that the Orioles’ brass noticed that it began with a guy hitting against the shift.

Hays would later score on Chris Davis‘ RBI-single, giving the O’s a 6-2 lead. That was only Davis’ second hit of the spring, the other being a home run. New York would close to within 6-4 in the fourth on Gardener’s two-run homer. That came on the heels of an E6 by Martin, which allowed a base runner. As important as it is to get guys on base, it’s equally important to keep the other guys off base. Errors will happen, however to goal is to minimize them.

New York would close to within 6-5 in the fifth on an RBI-single by Bird. However Austin Hays would continue his impressive spring in the seventh with a solo homer, extending the Orioles’ lead back to two runs at 7-5. New York would add a solo homer in the eighth as well as tie the game at seven on a walk with the bases loaded, and they’d take an 8-7 lead on a sac fly-RBI – sending the Orioles home with a loss.

Those three eight inning runs were given up by Mychal Givens, who’s having a bit of a rough spring. Is that something that’s of concern to Brandon Hyde and company? To this point the skipper’s said that he isn’t foreseeing an issue with Givens (a potential closer candidate going into camp). Obviously, Givens has been around and for the most part we know what he can do. However while this is still spring training, his three runs surrendered did cost the O’s the game tonight. That’s the sort of thing that needs to be avoided.

For what it’s worth, next week is the last full week of camp, and thus of the Grapefruit League “season.” Mark Trumbo is expected to make his spring debut in tomorrow’s game. The hope is that gives him enough time and enough at-bats to get ready for the regular season.

The Orioles return to Ed Smith Stadium tomorrow as Toronto comes to Sarasota. Andrew Cashner gets the start for the O’s, and he’ll be opposed by Toronto’s Marcus Stroman. Game time is set for just after 1 PM.

Baltimore Orioles: Is Austin Hays the future in the outfield?

According to Jonathan Mayo of, Austin Hays of the Baltimore Orioles’ system is slated to make a big splash in the big leagues this year. Hays of course had a cup of coffee with the O’s in the big leagues last September, and many people liked what they saw. Hays was ranked second of all prospects to make a splash this year in the American League.

I suppose the question is whether or not Hays makes an impact right away, or if we have to wait. And the fact is that there are a lot of moving parts. It really matters how the Orioles’ roster shakes down, and whether or not there’s an ultimate spot for Hays.

I suspect that the Orioles’ brass would prefer that Hays start the season down in the minors. Even though his big league clock has been started, some additional seasoning is never a bad thing. But assuming you have Jones, Trumbo, and Mancini as starting outfielders, you also have Rickard as a utility outfielder. So the question is whether or not there’s a spot for Hays.

The fact is that he’s on the roster right now. But whether that’s the case on March 29th remains to be seen. (He may well have been stashed on the roster to protect him from the Rule 5 draft.) I do feel that Austin Hays is “the future” for the Orioles in the outfield. Namely, in center.

So does that mean that if he and Jones are at some point going to co-exist on this roster Jones might have to move to a different position? Yes, that’s exactly what that means. (Assuming Jones re-signs with the Orioles.) I’m not saying that would or should happen now, but potentially down the road. However needless to say, Austin Hays is a guy to keep an eye on. My personal opinion is that he has a promising future with the Orioles.

The Orioles did make some news yesterday in adding some catching depth. They added Andrew Susac via a trade with Milwaukee, for either cash considerations or a PTBNL. Susac is a career .232 hitter who’s thrown 25% of base stealers out over the course of four years (104 games) with San Francisco and Milwaukee.

Baltimore Orioles: Can teams get stale?

The lone bright spot for the Baltimore Orioles yesterday in the Bronx was the fact that Austin Hays launched his first big league homer. There isn’t much else to say. Jeremy Hellickson was ineffective at best, setting the tone for another blowout New York win. Hellickson’s line: 3.0 IP, 4 H, 6 R, 4 BB, 3 K.

Hellickson in essence made it through the order once unscathed, but after that he wasn’t fooling anyone. With two outs in the third, he walked two batters, bringing Gregorius to the plate. And he launched a three-run homer. New York never looked back for the most part.

The good news for the Orioles (if there is any) is that they made the New York bullpen work in the ninth inning. Often times that bodes well moving into the next day’s game, especially when it’s an early afternoon game like today. However in September that isn’t as much of a truth, as teams’ rosters have expanded to 40 men.

Hays’ homer came following a Hardy walk, and it cut the New York lead to 9-2. Beckham would later score on a balk with the bases loaded, running the final to 9-3. This was the Birds’ third straight loss in the Bronx.

At the beginning of the season I was telling people that the Orioles were a veteran team, and that they would get it together. This as opposed to New York, who was a young team. My point was that a team who’s been there before in terms of a pennant chase is generally going to not be blinded by the bright lights in a sense. I still believe that, for the record – in general.

Obviously what we’ve seen is the exact opposite happening. The Orioles seemed to wear down as time went on, and teams such as New York got stronger. My personal opinion is that I’d take a veteran team over a group of young guys any day. I like players who are battle-tested and who have been there before. But is that not fashionable any longer?

I’m not suggesting that the Orioles aren’t trying to win games, and I’m not suggesting that they were the ones blinded by the bright lights of a pennant race. But sometimes teams wear down. And the fact that Trey Mancini‘s had such a good season AND the fact that younger players such as Austin Hays performed well in last night’s game (at the end) is probably evidence of that. Mancini’s the one Orioles regular who doesn’t seem to have worn down.

Meanwhile, you have a group of young upstarts in places such as New York who have been together all year. And they’re galvanized at this point in the season. It happens.

The O’s will try to salvage one game in this series this afternoon at Yankee Stadium. Ubaldo Jimenez gets the start, and he’ll be opposed by Sonny Gray. Game time is set for just after 1 PM.

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