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Baltimore Orioles can’t recover after tough first inning in Tampa finale

The tale of this afternoon’s Baltimore Orioles series finale in Tampa was the first inning. Starter Josh Rogers gave up five runs in the inning, and six total. And that was the game. Rogers line: 1.1 IP, 6 H, 6 R, 2 BB, 0 K.

Cron got the scoring started with an RBI-double in that first inning. He would later score on an RBI-single by Adames, who would ultimately score on Lowe’s three-run home run. One inning later Smith stole home plate in a double-steal, and Tampa took a 6-0 lead. A run that was charged to Rogers.

Following Rogers’ departure things stablized just a bit for a few innings. Gomez would smack a solo homer in the sixth inning to run things to 7-0, before the O’s put a few on the board as well. Jace Peterson‘s two-RBI triple cut the lead to 7-2, and the O’s would garner a third run on Caleb Joseph‘s sac fly-RBI. Pham would double home one additional run in the eighth, and the Orioles were swept out of Tampa with an 8-2 loss.

After the game Buck Showalter announced that Josh Rogers would be shut down for the remainder of the season. Rogers on his season being done (quote courtesy of Roch Kubatko, MASNsports):

Yeah, it’s pretty unfortunate because I’ve had too pretty OK outings starting my career off and trying to build off those. This will sink in and it’ll be a long offseason thinking about this one, but just taking away the positives of the experience of being here so far. It’s a learning experience and it’s a great opportunity here and I’m excited about it.

I was supposed to be in Trenton in Double-A. I was going to be the fifth starter in Trenton and I just kind of got lucky. It kind of worked out. I was going to be in the bullpen in Triple-A and we had a guy go up and I made a start and did well and just kind of ran with it.

I pitched well and I’ve always been a starter and always wanted to be a starter. I was fortunate enough to get that opportunity with the Yankees and to have a couple months with them and then have the opportunities here it was really exciting. If this was my last one, I’ll work hard this offseason and I’ll come into spring ready to go.

Withstanding this, his final appearance of the season, Rogers is someone that the Orioles definitely want to continue looking at into next year. I would expect him to get a good look in spring training. Rogers obviously wants to start, however I would remind him to keep in mind once spring games start that when you pitch is irrelevant. The idea is to get your work in. And he will.

The Orioles looked every bit of a team that was playing out a string on the season this weekend. While Tampa’s still mathematically alive for the post season, the odds aren’t in their favor. But they played like there was no tomorrow. They refused to relent on pressure in games, whether it was double-steals, or their manager challenging calls to net them a run when they’re up ten.

You can talk about how that doesn’t bode well for the Orioles if you would like. But keep in mind that the team that’s on the field now probably isn’t going to be the team on the field on Opening Day next year. Many of these guys still have the deer in the headlights look going. Give them a chance.

Baltimore Orioles, Josh Rogers fall in pitcher’s duel to Seattle

In his second career big league start, Josh Rogers turned in another decent performance for the Baltimore Orioles: Rogers’ line: 5.1 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 BB, 4 K. However Rogers fell victim to what amounts to an age-old problem for Orioles’ starters this year. He didn’t get the run support he needed to win.

When you give up two runs, you’ve done your job. You’ve put your team in a position to win. The issue is that your team only netted one run for you. That makes it tough. And as has been documented here all season and as I just said above, Orioles’ starters have dealt with this all season. It seems that either the pitching shows up and the bats are quiet, or the inverse. It’s been tough to see it all come together at once.

Jonathan Villar gave the Orioles a 1-0 lead in the fourth with a solo home run which he bent around the right field foul pole. Seattle would tie the game in the bottom of the inning on Healy’s RBI-single. However we also saw a bright spot for the future on that play. Cedric Mullins relayed the ball back into the infield, and Healy was thrown out trying to extend that single into a double.

One inning later Gordon would give Seattle a 2-1 lead on a sac fly-RBI. And that was the game. This wasn’t a game that netted either team a lot of opportunities. However Seattle took advantage of theirs. The Orioles did not. Another storyline from the 2018 season for the O’s.

Buck Showalter said after the game that he was a fan of Rogers’ approach to pitching, and that he saw improvement in some of his secondary pitchers over his first outing (quote courtesy of Roch Kubatko, MASNsports):

I thought his secondary stuff was better. Roger (McDowell) and I were talking about it. You’ve got a little crispness in the air finally. Guys, pitchers especially, it kind of freshens up their arms. Yac’s velocity was up a little bit from as a starter. He had three days’ off and I wanted to get him out there and not let him sit around too long.

Josh was good. I love his presentation, his aggressiveness and the way he comes down the hill at people. But I thought his command was a lot better. Not so much command, but just his usefulness of some secondary pitches that he didn’t show as much the first time.

The aforementioned play with Mullins relaying the ball to nail a runner at second base isn’t something that shows up on the scorecard, but it’s huge. If the rebuild is successful and in a few years’ time the Birds are playing meaningful games at this point in the season, that’s the type of thing that can propel a team onward. Hitting the cutoff man and doing so with precision isn’t something that’s always happened. It sounds simple enough, but in practice it appears to be challenging.

The series continues this evening from Safeco Field. Alex Cobb gets the start for the O’s, and he’ll be opposed by Seattle’s Wade LeBlanc. Game time is set for just after 10 PM.

Baltimore Orioles bludgeon Toronto in Josh Roberts’ big league debut

Josh Rogers came to the Baltimore Orioles as part of the Britton trade with New York last month. And tonight Orioles fans got to see perhaps a bit of the future, as Rogers was called up and made his big league debut. As his family looked on from the Camden Yards grandstand while crying tears of joy, Rogers didn’t disappoint. Rogers’ line: 5.0 IP 7 H, 3 R, 1 BB, 2 K.

Obviously the Orioles would prefer that their starters go deeper than just give innings. However you can excuse the shorter outing with a guy who’s making his major league debut. And not only was Rogers good, but he also got run support from the Orioles’ offense that’s been absent most of the season – but that we saw for the second consecutive night.

The Birds took the lead early on Chris Davis‘ RBI-single in the first inning. But the difference in this game was that the Orioles actually took advantage of the opportunities with which they were presented. Adam Jones‘ RBI-single in the third extended the lead, and Tim Beckham‘s three-run homer later in the inning opened the game wide open at 5-0.

Toronto would get one back in the fourth, however the O’s weren’t done yet. Craig Gentry‘s two-run home run extended the lead to 7-1. Roberts would make one mistake on a pitch however, as he gave up a two-run homer to Smoak in the fifth. But if you throw only one pitch you’d like back in your big league debut, you’re doing okay.

The good news for the Orioles was that they decided to keep up their scoring. Jonathan Villar and Craig Gentry would add RBI-singles in the fifth. And the fact is that insurance runs are something that the Orioles have been missing this year. Because true to form, Toronto would put three additional runs on the board in the end, before Trey Mancini added a sac fly-RBI, and Chris Davis a two-RBI double in the eighth to square out the Orioles’ 12-5 victory.

It’s unclear how much Rogers works into the Orioles’ plans for the future. For all I know he’s going to be sent right back down tonight. But the fact that someone who came back in a trade this year made a big impact this season isn’t something that should be lost on Orioles’ fans. It’s doubtful that Rogers’ entire career will be as easy as things were for him tonight. But he was effective, and that’s certainly a feather in the Orioles’ cap.

The series concludes tomorrow night at Camden Yards. Alex Cobb gets the start for the Orioles, and he’ll be opposed by Toronto’s Ryan Borucki. Game time is set for just after 7 PM.

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