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Baltimore Orioles: Another Philly special courtesy of the Birds

The Baltimore Orioles were hoping that starter Wade LeBlanc was going to go deep into last night’s games due to overusing the bullpen on Tuesday. Unfortunately LeBlanc only made it into the fourth inning. However that was the only disappointment on the night for the O’s. LeBlanc’s line: 3.1 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 BB, 2 K.

Philadelphia took the lead in the second on Knapp’s RBI-double. However an inning later the game was tied due to Anthony Santander‘s solo homer. But Philadelphia would get spotted two additional runs, giving them a 3-1 lead.

The Orioles’ mark appears to be sneaking up on people. Their rallies begin innocently, and before you know it they’re right back there in the game fighting. In the fourth the Birds did just that, putting a couple of runners on base. Then Chance Sisco‘s two-RBI single (he later took second on the throw) tied the game at three.

And an inning later the O’s had the lead. And for good. Rio Ruiz‘s solo homer in the fifth took care of that. For good measure in the seventh, Sisco would homer in the seventh – another solo shot. Philadelphia would push another run across in the eighth, but the sum of the parts equals an Oriole victory.

Keep in mind, there are people out there who predicted that the Orioles would only win 15-20 games. Heck, the only prediction I was willing to give at the beginning was that they wouldn’t finish in last place. I’m standing b my that prediction as of now, incidentally.

But the O’s have defied predictions – THUS FAR. Philadelphia on the other hand was expected to potentially contend. Fans or no fans in the stands, it can’t sit right with their fans to be getting shown the door by a team like the Orioles, who wasn’t expected to make any noise. The O’s have taken the first two games of the three-game set. And their confidence appears to be at a high. They’re putting the rest of the league on notice.

The series concludes this afternoon at Citizens Bank Park. Thomas Eshelman gets the start for the O’s, and he’ll be opposed by former Oriole Jake Arrieta. Game time is set for just after 7 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 head to South Philly

The Baltimore Orioles open up a three-game set in Philadelphia tonight against the Phillies. Discounting the exhibition game the teams played at Citizens Bank Park last month, I remember well the last time the Birds were in Philly. July of 2018.

For the record, the Orioles lost both games of that short two-game series. It was the beginning of the end of the Showalter/Jones era. However as a history buff I really enjoyed getting to go around Philadelphia to locations such as Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell, etc…ON THE FOURTH OF JULY. History’s one of my passions in life. So while I didn’t have time to wait in line to go into the signing room, I felt that simply being at that hallowed ground on that day put me in the presence of some of the greatest men in American history.

The series begins tonight at Citizens Bank Park. Alex Cobb gets the start for the O’s, and he’ll be opposed by Philadelphia’s Zach Wheeler. Game time is set for just after 7 PM.

Baltimore Orioles: Falling through the cracks of justice

As I said yesterday, the Baltimore Orioles lead Washington 5-2 with one out and two men on in the top of the sixth. That would be yesterday’s game, which is suspended. The Birds now have to wait in suspense. They’re just held in animated suspense.

However the O’s know when said suspense will end; that would be Friday when Washington comes to Camden Yards for their previously scheduled series. The game will be completed at some point prior to the regularly-scheduled 7:35 game. Washington will bat last in the completion of the first game, and thus be the home team. (Once that’s completed, the Orioles of course retain their home team status.)

This sounds unfair to a degree. Because the Orioles obviously were winning the game when it was suspended. And had the Washington grounds crew handled their duties properly in terms of getting the tarp out and covering the field, it would have probably been a thirty minute delay and the game would have been completed.

However the fact is that by the letter of the law, it was handled properly. MLB Rule 7.02(a) states:

Light failure, malfunction of, or unintentional operator error in employing, a mechanical or field device or equipment under the control of the home club (e.g., a retractable roof, a tarpaulin, or other water removal equipment)”

Obviously this situation falls under the realm of the tarpaulin (tarp). However it does feel just a little jaded in this case. Overall, this is a good rule. However I don’t think it properly takes into account the potential of the home team being part of the problem. The Nationals’ grounds crew indubitably didn’t sabotage the field on purpose (hoping to get the game suspended and perhaps helping the Nationals). But their actions certainly were a big cause as to why the game was suspended.

Orioles manager Brandon Hyde was semi-coy with his comments after the “game” (quote courtesy of Roch Kubatko, MASNSports):

So now I know. Not being able to get the tarp on the field. I guess it’s a recent rule. I’ve never been a part of something like this, so I didn’t know.

I guess what I’m saying, and what Hyde would appreciate, is perhaps in a case like that the game could be considered official. Something along the lines of if in the assessment of the umpire/league the suspension was caused by the actions of one team, the game is considered official. Yes, a clause like that would have given the O’s the win yesterday.

The issue with that however would be that when you leave something up to someone else’s “discretion,” you’re almost asking for trouble. However one way or the other, the Orioles are kind of falling through the cracks of justice in this one. And they’re being held in suspense.

Baltimore Orioles: Game in Washington suspended

The Baltimore Orioles are currently leading Washington 5-2 in the top of the sixth inning with one out. Starter Asher Wojchiekowski is long gone, starting on short rest. Wojchiekowski’s line: 3.2 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 4 K.

Washington starter Strasburg kept the O’s at bay for the most part, as did the Orioles’ pen with Washington. But that changed in the fifth inning. Bryan Holaday smacked an RBI-single to give the O’s a 1-0 lead. Hanser Alberto‘s RBI-double later ran the score to 3-0. Tack on an RBI-single by Anthony Santander, and the Birds held a 5-0 lead.

Washington got two back in the bottom of the inning on Castro’s two-run homer. However the Birds made it out of the inning. And it appeared to be smooth sailing moving forward.

But as is the case in life at times, that wasn’t the case. A torrential downpour came out of nowhere in the sixth inning, prompting the umpires to call for the tarp. But the grounds crew was ill-prepared. On top of that, it appeared that the tarp hadn’t been put away properly to begin with. Because the Washington grounds crew struggled, and struggled…and struggled more. Just to get the tarp on the field. 15 minutes later, the rain was beginning to cease, but the field was a mess. There was mud all over the infield.

Two hours later, the game was finally suspended. It will be picked back up with one out in the sixth inning and two runners on base in the top of the sixth. This will occur on Friday at Camden Yards, with Washington as the home team. The time of the game hasn’t been announced, but the previously-scheduled game will occur after the completion of this one.

For the record, any stats that occur on Friday will be retroactive to today. Any players who exited the game won’t be able to play in the continuation. It’s literally as if the game never stopped.

The O’s are off tomorrow and head to Philadelphia for three games on Tuesday.

Baltimore Orioles: Anthony Santander and company chump the champs

Thom Eshelman got the start for the Baltimore Orioles tonight in Washington D.C., but didn’t last as long as the Birds would have liked. Eshelman wasn’t awful, but he didn’t have that glossy finish on his pitches as we’ve sometimes seen. As I’ve said before, roughly a third of a pitcher’s starts are going to be great, a third poor, and a third in between. That final category is where Eshelman was tonight. Eshelman’s line: 4.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 0 BB, 2 K.

Washington got a solo homer from Soto, and a sac fly-RBI from Suzuki in the second inning. Washington would also net an RBI-double in the last of the sixth by Thames. It’s important to note, that run started out as a swinging bunt, and it snowballed…

…when you get runners on base things happen. Reliever Shawn Armstrong came off the mound to field a swinging bunt, and threw errantly to first base. That gave the runner second, and he took third on a wild pitch. That allowed him to score on Thames’ RBI-double.

Obviously he would have scored on a double anyways – most probably, at least. But when you give up extra bases like that you also allow teams to find ways score runs simply by putting the ball in play. That’s what the Orioles need to stay away from.

While the Birds put up 11 runs on 19 hits on Friday night, through seven they had only mustered two hits tonight. This perhaps prompted Brandon Hyde to send up two pinch hitters in the eighth: Pat Valaika and Pedro Severino. And they didn’t disappoint; they smacked back-to-back solo homers to put the O’s right back into the game, cutting the Washington lead to 3-2.

So that run allowed by Shawn Armstrong was the only thing standing between the Orioles and pay dirt. Washington has led almost the entire game, and their pitching had dominated the Birds. But it was a tense lead. It felt like they were allowing the O’s to hang around. And they paid royally for that.

Later in that eighth inning the O’s had a couple of guys on, with Anthony Santander coming to the plate. And he sent a towering fly ball towards left…it barely cleared the fence, but it was a home run. And a three-run shot at that, which gave the O’s a 5-3 lead. And an eventual win.

Washington did mount a rally attempt in the last of the eighth. Cole Sulser, who’s quickly earning the trust of Brandon Hyde, put two runners in scoring position. However with the game hanging in the balance, he knotched a strikeout with two outs ending the threat and the inning.

One thing we know about these Orioles is that they play until the final out is recorded. Washington almost seemed to lose interest as the game wore on. And the Birds cranked it up when it mattered most. With the win, the Orioles have officially won the D.C. leg of the Battle of the Beltways.

The series concludes tomorrow at Nationals Park in D.C. Asher Wojchiekowski gets the start for the Orioles, and he’ll be opposed by Washington’s Stephen Strasburg. Game time is set for just after 12:30 PM.

Baltimore Orioles: Someone paid

Former Baltimore Orioles manager Buck Showalter used to say that eventually someone was going to pay for the types of offensive struggles the Birds has this week. And we saw that phenomenon tonight; it was the Washington Nationals. Starter Tommy Milone was dominant against the organization which drafted him, and Oriole bats were hot from the beginning. Milone’s line: 6 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K.

Jose Iglesias‘ RBI-double in the first inning got the party started. The Birds opened the game with back-to-back doubles. One inning later Austin Hays smacked an RBI-single, and Hanser Alberto tacked on a run on a fielder’s choice. That easily could have been the end of the game. When your pitching limits the opposition to zero runs, you don’t need many to beat them. But…the runs just kept coming.

Iglesias, who ended up with four hits in the game, would add an RBI-single in the fourth. But it was Renato Nunez‘s three-run homer in the sixth which broke the game wide open. That have the O’s a 7-0 lead, an led signaled that the Birds has no intention of looking back.

Pedro Severino and Anthony Santander also got involved in that sixth inning in terms of putting runs on the board. And they came in buckets. When the smoke cleared, the O’s had themselves an 11-0 victory over the defending World Champions.

I always say that in a game that gets out of control like this one, it’s never indicative of either teams’ true capabilities. Games like this happen, and the O’s have been on the other end of their share of them also. So from the Orioles’ perspective you gladly take the win, move onto tomorrow, and take it with a grain of salt.

But again as Buck Showalter used to say, someone’s eventually going to pay for the type of slump in which the Birds found themselves this week. Washington ended up being that lucky team tonight. We saw the O’s break out of the slump partially last night. So that in a way acted as a harbinger for what we saw in D.C. this evening. Now…if another body in that city could get their act together in the same manner, we’d be in business. (Looking at you, Congress!)

The series continues tomorrow night at Nationals Park. Thom Eshelman gets the start for the O’s, and he’ll be opposed by Washington’s Austin Voth. Game time is set for just after 6 PM.

Baltimore Orioles: Bats come alive but Birds fall

Baltimore Orioles’ starter Wade LeBlanc surrendered the lead to Miami this evening on the first pitch. Former Oriole Villar smacked a first pitch homer. It would act as a harbinger, as the O’s fell and were swept in four games by Miami. LeBlanc’s line: 3.1 IP, 7 H 6 R, 1 BB, 1 K.

However Renato Nunez brought the Birds right back in the second by tying the game with a solo homer of his own, only to have Miami take the lead again with a sac fly-RBI in the bottom of the inning. But Anthony Santander followed Nunez’s example of tying the game – an inning later in the third with an RBI-triple.

The O’s held a brief lead later on in the third when Dwight Smith Jr. drove a run in with. A sac fly-RBI. But Miami would come right back, and put two runs on the board to take the lead back in the last of the third. But again, the O’s weren’t down for long. Chance Sisco‘s solo homer tied the game right back up at four.

Miami tried to pull away, putting two runs of their own on the board in that fourth inning. But again the O’s battled back, netting solo homers from Renato Nunez and Dwight Smith Jr. However Miami put two across in the seventh and stayed off a late Orioles’ rally to win the game 8-7 despite the Birds putting one across in the ninth.

Despite the loss, fans should take heart that Oriole bats came alive tonight. The longer you go into a team slump at the plate, the harder it is. Now the losing streak itself is another story. But we know that at least now as the O’s hit the road, they do so with their bats having corrected themselves.

Tomorrow the O’s head down to D.C. for the first of three against Washington at Nationals Park. Tommy Milone gets the start for the O’s, and he’ll be opposed by Washington’s TBD. Game time is set for just after 6 PM.

Baltimore Orioles: Miami pitching wearing Birds out

The Baltimore Orioles has two hard luck losers in yesterday’s doubleheader: Alex Cobb and Asher Wojchiekowski. Cobb’s line (game one): 5 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 3 Ann, 7 K. Wojchiekowski’s line (game two): 5 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 4 K.

The O’s in this series have really suffered from death by paper cut. Oriole pitching has been great in the three games thus far with Miami. However Miami’s pitching’s been superb.

Cobb gave up a solo homer to Anderson in the fourth inning of game one. Normally a solo homer isn’t going to beat you. But when you don’t score any runs, it’s entirely capable of beating you. And in that case, it did.

Aguilar got Miami on the board right away in game two with a sac fly-RBI. Later in the inning Anderson’s RBI-single would run the score to 2-0. And the Birds held Miami off the board for the rest of the day. They did however mount a slight comeback when Austin Hays‘ RBI-single in the sixth cut the lead to 2-1. But that was the final, and the O’s were swept in the doubleheader.

And incidentally, it was perhaps the strangest doubleheader in franchise history. Per MLB’s new rules for this year, doubleheader’s are only seven innings. On top of that, the Birds played the doubleheader at Camden Yards. Yet they were the visiting team in game two.

Seeing the Birds bat first in the inning at Oriole Park was just bizarre. The Orioles still wore their home whites, but for the purposes of last at-bats and so forth Miami was the home team. That will be the case tonight also.

The series concludes tonight at Camden Yards – again with Miami “hosting” the O’s. Wade LeBlanc gets the start for the Orioles, and he’ll be opposed by Miami’s Jordan Yamamoto. Game time is set for just after 7:30 PM.

Baltimore Orioles: Is Brandon Hyde mismanaging the bullpen?

Baltimore Orioles’ starter John Means wasn’t in the game for very long tonight. But he was outstanding when he was Mean hung one pitch, and in reality it was the only one that counted. Means’kine: 4.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 4 K.

Means surrendered a solo homer with two outs in the fifth to Miami’s Cervelli. And manager Brandon Hyde popped out of the dugout immediately to relieve him. Now to be fair, Means started the season out injured. This is also only his second start. So perhaps Hyde being careful with him is understandable.

But it just seemed to me to be a fairly quick hook. Especially with a guy in Means who had pitched as well as he did to that point. This doesn’t mean that Hyde’s a bad manager. I actually like how he’s coming along in that department. And managing the bullpen is probably the toughest thing that a manager needs to learn. But especially with a doubleheader tomorrow, I wonder if it wouldn’t have paid to leave Means in the game further.

Miami’s Berti would smack ab RBI-single in the sixth. Miami would later load the bases, and a third run would score on an E5. Miami would add an insurance run in the eighth in the form of a solo homer by Aguilar.

Miami’s pitching obviously shut down Oriole bats tonight as well, and that’s to their credit. This is an Oriole team that was soaring coming out of the weekend, and it would have stood to reason that would have continued given that Miami had to assemble an almost new team. But their pitching shut the Orioles down. And that can sometimes happen.

It almost took divine intervention to get the game off at all. A tropical storm blew through Baltimore in the first part of the day, and then later on there were issues with some COVID tests on Miami’s side. But better to be safe than sorry. The game was delayed 45 minutes and all was eventually well.

The O’s and Miami will play a doubleheader tomorrow at Camden Yards , with the Orioles as the visiting team in game two. Alex Cobb gets the start for the O’s in game one, and he’ll be opposed by Miami’s Elieser Hernandez. In game two Asher Wojchiekowski gets the start for the Orioles, and Miami’s starter is TBD. Game one begins at 5 PM, with game two beginning approximately 30 minutes after the completion of game one.

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