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Baltimore Orioles: Plunk heard ’round the world leads to Jonathan Schoop’s walk off

For one game at least, the Baltimore Orioles seemed to be the Baltimore Orioles again. The Birds showed a lot of grit in tonight’s game against New York, and it’s games like these which is what we’ve come to expect from this core group of players. Andrew Cashner‘s numbers look worse than he actually pitched, but he put the team in a spot to win. Cashner’s line: 6.1 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 1 BB, 7 K.

The Orioles took a 2-0 lead in the last of the fourth when Joey Rickard sent a tight grounder inside of third, which scored two runs. But new York came back an inning later on a three-run homer by Bird, giving them a lead at 3-2. However as I alluded above, what we saw was the Orioles never allowing their heartbeat to be silenced. Manny Machado sent a deep shot to left on the first pitch of the last of the fifth, immediately tying the game back up at three.

However New York would take a two-run lead in the seventh on a sac fly-RBI by Bird, and an RBI-single by Walker. This game had valiant effort written all over it for the Orioles. However the team wasn’t going to stand for that – not on this night. With Jones already on base in the last of that seventh inning, Machado came back up to bat. And he sent a shot deep into the Baltimore night towards right center…

…it appeared to kareem off the grandstand and remained in play. However the O’s asked for a review, and the call was reversed into a two-run homer. And we found ourselves tied one again, this time at five. New York threatened in the top of the ninth, however the Birds picked up a key out when Caleb Joseph threw out a runner trying to steal second. The call on the field was out, and in my view the runner was out. But there wasn’t sufficient evidence to prove that the call was wrong, and it was upheld.

And Caleb Joseph led off the last of the ninth – and was able to get on base by getting hit. Call it the plunk heard ’round the world if you will A Jones double and an intentional walk to Machado later, and the Orioles had the bases loaded. And Jonathan Schoop was striding to the plate.

And Schoop didn’t disappoint. He sent a screaming grounder into right field for a base hit, scoring Joseph from third. And winning the game for the Birds at 6-5. It was the Orioles’ first walk off win since Opening Day.

For perhaps the first time in 2018, we saw the Fighting Showalters that we’ve come to know over time. It seems that so often this year things such as the Bird homer or Walker sac fly would befall the Orioles, and things would snowball from there. Not this time. The O’s stuck in there and fought back. And having the last at-bat helps also!

The Orioles will complete the series with New York tomorrow at Camden Yards. Dylan Bundy gets the start for the O’s, and he’ll be opposed by New York’s Sonny Gray. Game time is set for just after 7 PM.

Baltimore Orioles: You absolutely have to take what’s yours

The Baltimore Orioles are the guy who leaves his wallet in his car and runs in to pick up his dry cleaning – only to be shocked when he returns and finds out someone stole his wallet. They’re the guy who drives a BMW convertible off the showroom flood, goes into a seedy neighborhood to the liquor store, and can’t believe his eyes when his car’s been vandalized. The Baltimore Orioles are the team that says aw shucks when it comes to accepting what’s rightfully theirs, and allows someone else to come in and take it.

And once someone takes what’s yours, it’s no longer yours – it’s theirs. There was a ballgame to be won this afternoon, but the O’s couldn’t muster the one big hit or one big base runner to have the bravado to tie or win it. Granted they didn’t get the quality outing from Alex Cobb that they hoped to get, but he was good enough to win. Cobb’s line: 7.0 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 2 BB, 6 K.

Cobb literally allowed a base runner on the first pitch of the game – a double. And go figure, the shot off the bat of Dietrich split the outfielders. Talk about “hitting them where they ain’t.” He would later score on an RBI-single by Realmuto. The next inning saw more of the same – a double, and then a run scored, this time on an RBI-groundout. The Birds were once again being bled to death, that is until Realmuto smacked a two-run homer off of Cobb in the third giving Miami a 4-0 lead.

However if there’s a silver lining on this loss, it’s that Oriole bats did come alive a bit. And the Birds battled back in the game, which is good to see. They still allowed a gutted Miami team to walk in and have their way with whatever they wanted, but they did battle back. Manny Machado‘s two-RBI single in the last of the third cut the Miami lead in hald at 4-2. However Realmuto put the Birds further behind once again with a solo homer in the sixth.

The Orioles kept battling, however. Jonathan Schoop cut it to 5-3 with a solo homer in the last of the sixth, and Danny Valencia‘s RBI-single in the seventh cut it to 5-4. The O’s had a shot to win, and were very much in this game. But when you leave eight on base, you have to look at it from the perspective that if even one of those runners had scored the game would have been tied (all things being equal, which is always a tough sell).

Corban Joseph walked to lead off the last of the ninth, bringing the winning run to the plate in the form of Adam Jones. And Jones grounded into a double-play, followed by a Machado fly out to end the inning and the game. And that’s what I’m talking about in terms of allowing others to take what’s there. They had the pitcher in a bit of a bind, with the winning run at the plate. This isn’t to say that Jones and others aren’t trying – because that’s not the case. But the team as a whole is basically taking a rain check on success.

The series concludes tomorrow at Camden Yards. Dylan Bundy gets the start for the Orioles, and he’ll be opposed by Miami’s Trevor Richards. Game time is set for just after 1 PM.

Baltimore Orioles: Jonathan Schoop to return tonight

The Baltimore Orioles begin a nine-game home stand this evening against Kansas City. And with the home winds comes a welcome re-addition to the club: second baseman Jonathan Schoop. Schoop is expected to come off the DL for this evening’s game, requiring a roster move. If I were a betting man I’d go with Engelb Vielma being optioned back to the minors.

There can be no question that the Orioles have missed Schoop across the board. The infield defense suffered big time in his absence. And his bat has been missed as well in the lineup, and the hope is that it’s presence now helps to streamline the offense just a bit. The Birds aren’t as far away as people want to believe. A base knock here or a homer there – and some of these games might look a little different. The hope is that Schoop provides that type of spark.

It’s still unclear as to whether there will be any personnel changes in the organization before tonight’s game. I was under the impression that if they were going to do anything it would have happened yesterday. But obviously nothing happened. But if anything happens today, stay tuned to my twitter feed, @DomenicVadala, as well as to Birdland Crush for updates.

The series with Kansas City opens this evening at Camden Yards. Dylan Bundy will try to get back on track for the O’s in the starting rotation, and he’ll be opposed by Kansas City’s Danny Duffy. Game time is set for just after 7 PM.

Baltimore Orioles: Jonathan Schoop breaks out in victory

Jonathan Schoop may have gotten his bat going in this evening’s Baltimore Orioles win over Toronto. We won’t know if Schoop’s 2-for-4 game is the beginning of a trend or just an exception until a few games down the line, but Schoop was good this evening. As was starter Kevin Gausman, who won his first game of the year this evening. Gausman’s line: 6.0 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 BB, 7 K.

Gausman started in an inauspicious manner, giving up a solo homer to Pillar in the first inning. And that lead held up for Toronto – until the fourth. Schoop’s RBI-double tied the game at one, which was followed by an RBI-single by Chris Davis – who also broke out a bit this evening. Beckham would add a sac fly-RBI later in the inning, and the Birds took a 3-1 lead onward.

Toronto would battle back a bit in the fifth with an RBI-single by Solarte. But the likes of Schoop, Davis, and Gausman weren’t about to let the Birds fall in this one. Schoop smacked an RBI-single in the bottom of that fifth inning, giving the Birds a 4-2 lead. Diaz would smack a homer in the sixth for Toronto, and the O’s would close the scoring with a Sisco RBI-single.

At the end of the day, it goes as a 5-3 lead for the Birds. For the record, this goes as a quality start for Gausman, who started slow this season. But his start last weekend in Yankee Stadium was a bit better, and this one was stellar. As I’ve said before, pitchers are going to have poor starts. But they’re also going to have good ones like this. Gausman picked up his offense tonight in a sense, although the offense came through as well.

Davis and Schoop have been the subject of several taunts from fans and so forth, as they’ve been slow out of the gate. But they both came through tonight. If the Orioles can get those two guys going for good, they’ll really be in good shape.

One concern coming out of this game was that Trey Mancini got nicked on the hand with a ball. His hand immediately started swelling, although he stayed in the game until the top of the ninth. X-rays were negative after the game, however tomorrow’s off day comes at a good time for Mancini. Based on production thus far, he isn’t a guy that the O’s can afford to lose.

Baltimore Orioles: Jonathan Schoop’s at-bat ends Birds’ losing streak

You can’t blame the Baltimore Orioles or O’s fans for thinking this night was going to end any differently than others of late. Not after Trey Mancini got thrown out at home plate on an aggressive send by third base coach Bobby Dickerson in the first inning. You could already feel defeat being snatched from the jaws of victory. But something funny happened…

…the Orioles ended up playing a superior ballgame this evening at Yankee Stadium. Andrew Cashner pitched a gem, that put the Birds in a spot to win the game. Cashner’s line: 6.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 3 BB, 5 K. Cashner pitched out of a couple of mini-jams through those six innings, but for the most part he limited the traffic on the base paths. He becomes the first Orioles’ starter to earn a win in 2018.

Cashner matched New York starter Tanaka almost pitch-for-pitch. The one run he gave up with a solo homer in the last of the sixth by Judge. And that was actually the first run of the game. However if Orioles’ fans felt that it was predetermined to be the Birds’ sixth straight loss, they quickly found out that they were sorely mistaken.

Jonathan Schoop led off the inning, with an at-bat that ended in a solid single to center. That’s what the box score says. What it doesn’t say is what happened between when Schoop stepped in the box and when he reached first base. He worked Tanaka to the bone in that at-bat. Previous to then, Tanaka hadn’t really thrown that many pitches. But Schoop hung in there, with a Houston Astro-like at-bat. And eventually, he wore Tanaka down to the point to where he got a pitch he liked and lined it into center field.

That brought Adam Jones to the plate with a runner on first. And Tanaka, perhaps still reeling from the previous at-bat, grooved a pitch down the middle. And it only took Jones a New York minute to send the ball deep into the Bronx night, giving the Orioles the lead. Jones doesn’t need any help hitting home runs – he never has. But partially credit Schoop for that, as his at-bat set up what Jones did.

Anthony Santander would add an RBI-double to right later in the inning, which left two runners in scoring position. However Trey Mancini would clean up what was left on the base paths very quickly with a two-RBI double, giving the Birds a 5-1 lead. New York would add one more in the seventh, and they would push the likes of Givens, O’Day, and Brach in the remainder of the game. But the ‘pen remained true and held the lead, helping the O’s to break a five-game losing streak.

The Orioles also might have found their lead off hitter, as Mancini got the nod this evening, and got on base immediately. Whether he remains in that slot moving forward remains to be seen – but for one night he was strong. I can’t stress enough how big that Schoop at-bat was, even though the likes of Cashner, Jones, and Mancini will justifiably get the headlines for tonight’s win. That really set up the seventh inning to be a big inning, and the Orioles really took advantage of Tanaka being weakened a bit by that sequence. It’s the little things like that which can help to push you over the top in a close game (which at that point is what this game was).

The series continues tomorrow evening at Yankee Stadium. Kevin Gausman gets the start for the O’s, and he’ll be opposed by NY’s CC Sabathia. Game time is set for just after 7 PM.

Baltimore Orioles: Another Jonathan Schoop homer in Birds’ loss

Jonathan Schoop should be worried about what happens when the Baltimore Orioles break camp next week. The O’s finish up Grapefruit League play on Sunday afternoon, make a pit stop in Norfolk to play the Tides (a game that does not count towards Grapefruit League standings – for what that’s worth), and then don’t play again until Opening Day at Camden Yards on Thursday. Schoop’s had a great spring; this evening he was 1-for-2 with his fourth home run of spring training. He’s hitting .405…in the games that don’t count.

So the challenge of course is for Schoop to bring that into the regular season. And that gap won’t help – but that’s the challenge of being a professional athlete. With the acquisition of Alex Cobb yesterday, a guy who’s now battling for a bullpen spot is this evening’s starter, Miguel Castro. And his hope is that he can convince the coaching staff that this evening’s results were simply a blip in the radar. Castro’s line: 3.0 IP, 5 H, 5 R (4 earned), 3 BB, 2 K.

Schoop’s aforementioned solo homer gave the O’s a 1-0 lead in the first inning. However that would be the only time during the game that they would lead. In the last of the first Gregorious’ two-RBI single gave New York a 2-1 lead. One inning later Bird would add a two-RBI single, and an additional run would score on an E5 to run the lead to 5-1. (For Castro’s sake and for the sake of clarity in scoring, that fifth run was unearned.)

The O’s would battle back just a bit, however. They’d get to within 5-2 on Danny Valencia‘s sac fly-RBI in the fourth, and Austin Hays would dump a bloop RBI-single in right field to but the lead to 5-3. However in the bottom of that fourth inning Judge would do what he does, and homer (with nobody on base). He would also homer again with two runners on in the last of the eighth. Sandwiched in between those Judge homers was a Luis Sardinas RBI-double. All of this ran the final to 9-4, in favor of New York.

Speaking of the aforementioned Alex Cobb, Buck Showalter confirmed before the game that Cobb won’t start the season in the Orioles’ rotation (quote courtesy of Roch Kubatko, MASNsports):

Roger (McDowell) and I are going to sit down with him. He had a pretty whirlwind day today. Roger talked to him a little bit. But we’re going to sit down with him tomorrow and map out the schedule we’re thinking about and get his input and see what he thinks.

Word on the street is that he’ll head to extended spring training after the Birds break camp. From there he’ll accept an assignment to an affiliate so he can get into games. How long he’s in the minors remains to be seen. But the only reason for that is so he can get into game shape. He was signed as a big league pitcher – and that’s where he’ll be.

The Orioles return to Ed Smith Stadium tomorrow afternoon for their final turn at bat against the Boston Red Sox this spring. Mike Wright gets the start for the Birds, and he’ll be opposed by Boston’s Hector Velazquez. Game time is set for just after 1 PM.

Baltimore Orioles avoid arbitration with Jonathan Schoop

Jonathan Schoop was always going to be a member of the Baltimore Orioles in 2018. It was just a matter of how much he was going to make. The O’s avoided arbitration with Schoop yesterday by signing him to a deal where he’ll be paid $8.5 million.

Schoop made $3.475 million last year, and he requested $9 million for 2018. The O’s countered at $7.5 million. An arbitration hearing had been scheduled for Thursday of this week in Phoenix, however that’s not been scrapped since the sides agreed.

Schoop of course made some waves a couple of weeks ago when “on the advice of his agent” he decided to skip the team’s annual FanFest celebration. So I was somewhat surprised to see the O’s settle at a number that was closer to Schoop’s request as a result. But the O’s also know that they’d like to keep Schoop long-term, so perhaps this was a carrot they threw him as a gesture of goodwill.

Baltimore Orioles: Walk off win by Jonathan Schoop in the twilight zone

Jonathan Schoop won the game for the Baltimore Orioles – in the twilight zone. I’ve said many times that when baseball games go past twelve innings they go into “the twilight zone.” Strange things are liable to happen, as eventually fatigue takes over. And whomever has that happen first, loses.

Kevin Gausman pitched a gem for the O’s, and it’s a shame that he couldn’t get the win. Gausman’s line: 6.0 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 8 K. It’s rare that a pitcher is going to toss a shutout and not get the win. It’s also worth mentioning that Buck Showalter matched up perfectly in this game regarding the bullpen. Admittedly it’s easier to do that after September 1st when rosters expand, however a lesser manager wouldn’t have had the savoir faire to do it the way Showalter did.

This game had a bit of everything – except runs, that is. But we did see a lot of fine defensive plays on both sides which in theory kept the game and the 0-0 draw going. But perhaps none more so than Trey Mancini‘s catch in the top of the 13th to end the inning. On a liner to left field, Mancini was off balance; yet he reached up and back and caught the ball. And that’s what can happen folks…in the twilight zone!

And that set up the last of the 13th. Machado led the inning off with an infield single. That brought Schoop to the plate, and his RBI-double walked the Orioles off winners by the score of 1-0. These are the types of games that teams win when they’re in the playoff chase. And the Orioles are very much in that chase.

One interesting point from this game was Adam Jones earning his second career ejection after arguing balls and strikes in the dugout in the first inning. Jones is generally not the type to do that, however he felt that both he and his team were falling victim to an inconsistent strike zone. And quite honestly he probably had a point, as it seemed that any borderline pitch was going Toronto’s way for awhile – regardless of who was pitching and who was in the field.

That right there should have indicated that this game was destined for the twilight zone. However Jones’ replacement, Craig Gentry, had to leave the game also. He injured a finger attempting to bunt in the third inning. Later we found out that the finger was fractured. Gentry now appeared headed to the DL.

The series continues this evening at Camden Yards. Wade Miley gets the start for the O’s, and he’ll be opposed by Toronto’s Marcus StromanGame time is set for just after 7 PM. And that’s it for now…on the twilight zone.

Baltimore Orioles: Seattle sleepless at the yard

What would you have said a month ago if I had told you that the Baltimore Orioles were going to rattle off seven straight wins? Heck, what would you have said a week ago?! While none of this means that the Orioles will finish the regular season with a birth in the playoffs, they are in fact coming on strong at just the right time. To draw a comparison, basketball for instance is a game of runs. Whomever has their run last generally wins.

You know that we’re starting to get down to crunch time when starters are being pulled at the first sign of trouble Ubaldo Jimenez didn’t last long in this game, however the fact is that we’re at a point of the season where results mean more at the end of the day than does how a starter looked. Jimenez’s line: 2.2 IP, 6 H, 6 R, 1 BB, 3 K.

The O’s took the lead in the last of the second on a Mancini solo homer. Welington Castillo added an RBI-double, and the O’s held a 2-0 lead. However one inning later Jimenez got in trouble as Seattle loaded the bases. Jimenez appeared to induce Cruz into a ground ball in the infield which would have ended the inning, however as I’ve said many times funny things happen when guys get on base…

…the ball hit second base itself. And I’m not sure you could do that if you tried. Nevertheless that tied the game at two. Seattle would plate four more runs in the inning, and when the smoked cleared Jimenez was on the bench and the Birds trailed 6-2.

But when you’re in a pennant race you don’t let things like that phase you. Castillo smacked a two-run homer in the fourth to bring the Birds back to within 6-4. Gentry added a solo shot of his own, and the O’s were within one. And an inning later in the fifth, we had a tie game once again as Jonathan Schoop smacked a solo homer of his own.

The O’s took the lead back in the sixth on Machado’s sac fly-RBI, however a solo homer in the eighth off the bat of Haniger tied things up once again at seven. There have been times over the course of the year where the O’s struggled to put teams away, however while the Orioles earned a series sweep in this instance Seattle just didn’t want to go away – until the very end.

And it was an RBI-single by Schoop in the last of the eighth that put Seattle away for good. The 8-7 win gave the Birds a series sweep, and their seventh straight victory. Mind you that the winning streak at some point will have to end. But it’s made the O’s a very dangerous team in terms of the wild card race. While they’re still 1.5 games back, if they keep winning you have to assume that they’ll be in.

The Orioles now open a four-game set with Toronto at home. Jeremy Hellickson gets the start for the O’s in game one, and he’ll be opposed by Toronto’s Marco Estrada. Game time is set for just after 7 PM.

Baltimore Orioles fall in Seattle

One Jonathan Schoop homer isn’t going to cut it for the Baltimore Orioles. Especially when your starter doesn’t even last five innings. Wade Miley was lifted early on in this game, even though it was far from out of control by any means. Miley’s line: 4.2 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 BB, 4 K.

Miley wasn’t missing by much. And in fact he seemed to indicate after the game that he perhaps felt he was getting squeezed by the home plate umpire (quote courtesy of Greg Johns & Josh Horton,

I was barely missing with some fastballs and cutters in. I’m talking, like, inches in. Could have been strikes and kind of fell behind a little bit.

In fairness, Miley didn’t come out and say that he was getting squeezed. However that’s the implication there. If you feel that they could have been strikes, you’re indirectly saying that you were being squeezed.

Nevertheless, the Orioles had an early lead in this game. Schoop’s homer came in the first inning. For the second consecutive night the Orioles took a 1-0 leaed in the first off of a solo homer. In this particular case we just didn’t know that it would be the only run the Birds would muster.

Seattle tied the game at one in the last of the fourth on a Cruz RBI-single. One inning later they took the lead on an RBI-single by Segura, and later in that fifth inning Cano grounded into a force out which allowed a run to score as well. And that’s your ballgame.

The bright spot of course was Jonathan Schoop, who’s having a career year. It’s really amazing in terms of what this guy’s been able to do if you think about it. Because he’s doing it both on offense and defense.

Schoop seemingly has timing down pat, and in reality he has a clock in his head that keeps him on task. And that was how Buck Showalter described Schoop’s successes when asked after the gae (quote courtesy of Roch Kubatko, MASNsports)

He’s good, he’s a good player. He’s just graduating. Two plays tonight give you a good idea. He had two great clock plays. The ball he backed up and took on the short hop to possibly turn the double play. The other one, we were a little slow with the exchange on the 6-4-3 and he didn’t throw the ball to first and went to third base. Those are the little things you see. You see him take a walk in an RBI situation because they’re not throwing good pitches to hit. Those are things that have allowed him to grow.

The Orioles will try to take the series in this afternoon’s finale in Seattle (also the end of the west coast swing). Ubaldo Jimenez will get the start for the Birds, and he’ll be opposed by Seattle’s Marco Gonzales. Game time is set for just after 3:30 PM.

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