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Baltimore Orioles: Outdone by a contender

Baltimore Orioles’ starter Ty Blach found himself grossly overmatched this evening. However that’s true of the entire Orioles squad up against the Los Angeles Dodgers. With their win tonight, Los Angeles clinched the NL West Division crown.

Bellinger’s RBI-single in the first inning got things going early on. LA would later put two runners on with Seaver coming to the plate. And Seager’s three-run homer opened the game up wide in the first inning with the O’s trailing 4-0.

The third inning would bring Seager back up to bat, and with that another home run. Seager’s two-run homer ran the score to 6-0. Lux’s solo shot in the fifth topped things off at 7-0.

The Orioles would get on the board in the eighth when DJ Stewart would smack his first homer of the season. But perhaps the best thing you can say about these Orioles is that they keep playing regardless of the situation. Renato Nunez‘s RBI-single in the eighth, combined with an errant throw, cut the lead to 7-3.

As I’ve said previously, you get people on base and things can happen. Even against a team as good as Los Angeles. The O’s were far outmatched this evening by a team in serious contention. But it also gives the O’s something to shoot for. Their aim and their belief is that they’ll get back to that stage at some point down the line.

As I said, this game was Los Angeles’ clincher for their division. With the win, they’re NL West Champions. So the normal array of champagne, beer, etc. was wheeled into the visitors’ clubhouse at Camden Yards this evening for their use. Now their goal will be to win a World Series.

The series continues tomorrow night with the Los Angeles Dodgers at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. John Means gets the start for the O’s, and he’ll be opposed by Los Angeles’ Ross Stripling. Game time is set for just after 7 PM.

Baltimore Orioles fall in extras as injuries mount

If it was possible to play a game starkly opposite to the previous one, the Baltimore Orioles found a way to do it in Texas last night. Whereas Tuesday’s game was a shootout, the Birds last night found themselves in a pitcher’s duel behind starter John Means, who pitched a great game. Means’ line: 6.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 4 K.

Means gave up an RBI-double to Andrus in the first inning – and that was it. Both sides has multiple shots at scoring more runs. The Orioles left a small army on base. They didn’t have any problems getting guys on. It was getting them in where they struggled.

The Birds appeared poised to drop this game 1-0. However Richie Martin smacked a solo homer in the ninth inning to tie the game. For once it was the O’s hunting someone in the waning seconds of a game and coming back on someone late. The game stretched to the 12th inning, where Texas won it on DeShields’ was off RBI-single. Someone had to win, and it wasn’t the Orioles’ day.

But that last line is intended in more than one manner. The Orioles sustained multiple injuries in this game, exhausting their bench and making one wonder what will happen going into tonight’s game and beyond. Things could get dicey.

Catcher Pedro Severino left the game in the first inning after being clunked on the head with a foul ball. Home plate umpire Brian O’Nora noticed something was off with Severino, and called for the Orioles’ trainers. Later on we received word that Severino didn’t have a concussion.

DJ Stewart left the game with what was later called a sprained knee after crashing into the brick facade at Globe Life Park. It’s a shame because Stewart had finally gotten a hit after being in a mini-slump since coming up. The last thing he needs is to be on the IL. Jonathan Villar also left the game after apparently straining his left thumb.

All three of these players could well avoid the IL. However where does that leave the Orioles tonight and heading into the weekend in Houston? They completed the game without a bench player left to spare. It wouldn’t shock me to see at least one guy on the IL today, just because the Orioles need a bench going into these games.

The series in Dallas concludes this evening at Globe Life Park. David Hess gets the call for the O’s, and he’ll be opposed by Texas’ Ariel Jurado. Game time is set for just after 8 PM.

Baltimore Orioles: Young Birds didn’t mail it in when they could have done so

If last night’s game at Yankee Stadium is any indication, the Baltimore Orioles may well be on the right track in terms of their rebuild. Offensively, that is at least. The O’s found themselves behind early in New York behind starter Yefry Ramirez, but battled back valiantly. Ramirez’s line: 3.2 IP, 6 H, 6 R, 3 BB, 3 K.

The O’s spotted New York six runs, two of which came on a Gregorius two-run homer in the first inning. It was 6-0 after four innings. Conventional wisdom indicates that when you have a situation like that, maybe you mail it in so to speak. New York’s a contender, they’re home standing, and you have a group of young players on the team. Nobody would have blamed the O’s for “mailing it in.” But they didn’t do that.

Adam Jones started the comeback attempt with a two-RBI single in the fifth inning to cut the lead to 6-2. Two innings later Austin Wynns smacked a solo home run, and Jonathan Villar added an RBI-single. Before you knew it, the score was 6-4 in a game where New York had previously been coasting.

But New York added on, which should have been expected. McCutchen’s RBI-single in the last of the seventh ran the score to 7-4, and Voit’s two-RBI single later in the inning should have closed the door at 9-4. Notice I said should have closed the door. It didn’t totally close the door.

Renato Nunez‘s two-run homer put the Orioles right back into the game in the eighth inning. Later in the inning DJ Stewart added a two-run shot of his own, and the Birds were to within one at 9-8. However Judge’s RBI-single in the last of the eighth finally did close the door, and the O’s fell 10-8 in New York.

This isn’t a game which had to make New York happy to win. They’re a contending team, and they had to battle and scrape to win a game against a group of guys most people have never heard of. I think most people, including the New York players, thought the game was over at 6-0. Most people except the Orioles, that is. And that’s a welcome sight, because these young players showed last night that they don’t give up.

Prior to the game there were rumors floating about that the Orioles would not be retaining manager Buck Showalter after the season. In the same breath, there were rumors about Vice-President of Baseball Operations Dan Duquette getting a new contract for 2019 and beyond. Both men’s deals are up after the season.

First off keep in mind that these are only rumors. And one thing that most people who disseminated them got wrong is that they said Showalter would be “fired” after the season. That’s incorrect, as his contract’s up. Granted the ends are the same, however it’s important to note that.

I’ve said this on twitter and I’ve at least alluded to it here in print in an indirect manner. But I feel it would be a huge mistake for the Orioles to not retain Showalter. There are few managers in the game who insist on the attention to detail and professionalism in the manner that Buck Showalter does. You rarely see Orioles’ players pulling some of the unprofessional stunts that players on other teams do; that’s because Buck runs a tight ship.

Buck Showalter’s been good for the community and good for the Orioles. In my view he at least deserves to be offered a chance to stay if he wants it. And I say it in that manner because for all we know if in fact he’s out after the season it’s more mutual than we know. Buck became a grandfather last year for the first time, and I have to believe that’s somewhat of a game-changer in life. So there’s every chance that perhaps he’s ready to not be in the dugout any longer at this stage of his life.

Again, I think he should be at least offered a contract. That’s not to say that there’s nobody else out there who could manage the Orioles. I’m sure that if in fact the front office finds itself looking for a manager after the season, they’ll have a plethora of very qualified candidates from which to choose. But there can be no doubt that Buck Showalter will be remembered in Baltimore fondly for some time – whenever the time comes that he’s finished.

The series in New York continues this afternoon. David Hess gets the start for the Orioles, and he’ll be opposed by New York’s Lance Lynn. Game time is set for just after 4 PM.

Baltimore Orioles: DJ Stewart’s first homer leads Birds over Toronto

The Baltimore Orioles snapped a two-game losing streak with last night’s victory over Toronto. I’ve mentioned how the O’s have struggled against their AL East foes over time, however at the very least they finished strong against them. Jimmy Yacabonis got the start, and while he didn’t qualify for the win, set the Orioles up nicely. Yacabonis’ line: 4.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K.

Part of rebuilding is getting a look at the future. And while it’s been rough-going for sure, there are parts of the future that look bright. DJ Stewart gave the Orioles a 1-0 lead in the third inning with a solo home run. It was Stewart’s first career homer, which is always special to see.

Toronto threatened in the fourth with the bases loaded and nobody out. However Yacabonis pitched out of it, helped out by Adam Jones nailing a runner at the plate. It was his first assist from right field, and it certainly impressed manager Buck Showalter (quote courtesy of Roch Kubatko, MASNsports):

Adam, I was talking to him in the dugout. You’re so used to throwing from a certain angle, getting used to that. You’re taught as a cutoff guy, if the ball ever goes toward the first base dugout, you cut it. I’m talking about a step or two, because the catcher never vacates to the right and then gets an out. You can vacate a little bit to the left toward the runner. We teach it that way anyway. If it comes from center or right. Anytime the throw takes the cutoff man to the right, you’ve got to cut it.

So, I said, ‘How was that angle, how did that feel?’ He said, That’s really the first one I’ve really had other than practice.’ But I thought Austin made a really good play, too. To say, ‘I’ve got to catch it and then see if I can beat him to the plate.’ It was a huge play.

The Orioles’ 1-0 lead stood up until the seventh when they got an insurance run on Cedric Mullins‘ RBI-single. Again, the O’s are getting a look at the future with Mullins in the lineup. He’s shown a lot of promise to this point, which is good to see. McKinney’s solo homer in the eighth for Toronto would cut the lead to 2-1, however the O’s would close the game out and conclude the 2018 season against their rivals with a victory. Too little too late for sure, but the games still count.

 

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