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Baltimore Orioles surge to victory on the bat of Mark Trumbo

For the first time in 2018 we saw the Baltimore Orioles of old tonight. Guys made valiant efforts to catch balls, which landed in their gloves (as opposed to bouncing past). Pitchers made their pitches and hit their marks. And the bats came through in the clutch when they were needed most.

Andrew Cashner is still looking for his first win at Camden Yards, after getting non-decisioned. Cashner’s line: 6.0 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 2 BB, 3 K. Cashner pitched to a quality start, which certainly vouches for something. He made a mistake on one pitch, on which Duda smacked a two-run homer in the fourth, giving Kansas City a 2-0 lead.

To that point, we had seen a pitching duel. However as can happen, that one moment opened the floodgates. To a point, that is. Chris Davis came with runners at the corners and two outs. As late as yesterday, Davis probably would have struck out or popped out. But not tonight – he smacked a three-run homer to left field, giving the Orioles a 3-2 lead.

And perhaps the biggest key there is that Davis went the opposite way. When sluggers start doing that you know they’re starting to come out of a slump. The Orioles can only hope so much with Davis.

However unfortunately the O’s would leave runners in scoring position in the fifth, which almost came back to haunt them. Kansas City would tie it in the sixth on Duda’s RBI-single. It appeared to be more of the same for the Orioles; they leave ducks on the pond, and the opponent takes advantage. However Cashner pitched them out of the inning, preserving the tie.

The O’s would put two runners on once again in the last of the eighth with two outs. That brought Mark Trumbo to the plate with first base open. With Davis on deck and a base open, Kansas City opted to pitch to Trumbo. And for once a move not made haunted the opposition, as Trumbo’s two-RBI single up the middle put the Birds in the driver’s seat for good, and they went on to a 5-3 victory.

The win snapped a seven-game losing streak, but more importantly perhaps gave the Orioles some confidence. You’re only as good as your next day’s starter, and tonight that was a good thing for the Birds. They need to take that into tomorrow so as to get on another type of streak: a winning streak.

The Orioles will conclude the series with Kansas City tomorrow evening at Camden Yards. Chris Tillman gets the start for the O’s, and he’ll be opposed by Kansas City’s Ian Kennedy. Game time is set for just after 7 PM.

Baltimore Orioles: Derailed early by injuries?

I would submit that April is a supremely important month for the Baltimore Orioles. I say that with wins and losses in mind, but through one specific lense: injuries. You can’t win a division pennant in April. But you sure can lose one.

Mark Trumbo will start the season on the DL. Chris Davis has missed time this spring. Tim Beckham tweaked a groin late this past week. It all adds up.

Davis of course has since returned to the lineup, and there’s a rumor that Beckham’s going to play tomorrow. Trumbo, as I said, will begin the year on the disabled list. So the Orioles are looking at perhaps getting him back mid-way through the month.

But is there a greater story to these injuries? I’d point to Chris Tillman last season, who ended up beginning the season on the DL, only to end up having a lackluster year with the O’s. Could that end up happening again?

And the answer is that the jury’s still out. Plenty of players end up on the DL for various reasons over the course of any season. And they come back and still play great. The key is to catching an injury in time and getting the player the rest and rehab that he needs before returning to the lineup.

And the hope is that the Orioles did just that. Trumbo obviously will be shelved for the first couple of weeks, during which he’ll be rehabbing his injury per the specs given by the Orioles’ training staff. He’ll then go out to a minor league affiliate on a rehab assignment, after which he’ll join the team.

However Beckham and Davis’ injuries weren’t harsh enough to put them on the DL. Will they be ready? Will the injuries re-surface? The Orioles certainly hope not.

The Birds will close out the home portion of their spring schedule this evening at Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota against the Minnesota Twins – also their Opening Day opponent next week. Chris Tillman will be on the bump for the O’s, and he’ll be opposed by Minnesota’s Gabriel Moya. Game time is set for just after 6 PM.

Baltimore Orioles’ Mark Trumbo to begin 2018 on the DL

The Baltimore Orioles received some bad news yesterday regarding OF/DH Mark Trumbo. An MRI revealed a Grade 2 right quad strain. Trumbo had missed some time, and returned to the lineup on Wednesday but felt discomfort. This is expected to sideline Trumbo for 3-4 weeks, meaning he’ll begin the season on the DL.

So what does this do to the Orioles’ roster and lineup? For starters, Pedro Alvarez might well begin the season with the team. That’s not set in stone obviously, however it’s a possibility. It could also open up a roster spot for the Birds in terms of keeping one of their three Rule 5 players. All of that remains to be seen.

The broader question however is what does this do to the Orioles moving forward? Having someone on the DL isn’t ideal, but will Trumbo be as productive as he could have been this year? Is this something that will linger throughout the year? These are all questions that face the Orioles going into the regular season.

Next week begins the final week of Grapefruit League play, culminating next Sunday afternoon in Clearwater against Philadelphia. The Birds have been “on the road” a lot this past week, however they’ll be in Sarasota more often next week. They’ll play road games against Detroit on Monday, and New York on Wednesday night. And the aforementioned spring finale against Philadelphia on Sunday.

The Orioles’ final home game at Ed Smith Stadium for the season is next Saturday night (March 24th) against Minnesota. It’s also fireworks night, and the fans and the team will be treated to a fireworks display immediately following the game. And then comes the turn north, as the Birds break camp and come home to Baltimore to get ready for Opening Day.

Baltimore Orioles: Biggest win of 2017?

The Baltimore Orioles wouldn’t have been out of the playoff race had they lost to Toronto yesterday. In fact, they still would have had the same fighting chance they have today – however at 2.5 games out of the wild card as opposed to 1.5. But the fact is that whether it’s true or not, some wins just feel bigger in the grand scheme of things. This game was one of them.

Chris Tillman struggled as Toronto was able to grab an early lead. Tillman’s line: 4.0 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 3 BB, 2 K. Yes folks, it begins and ends with starting pitching. But in these September games with the post season on the line, it’s as much about the bullpen and every other aspect of the game as it is starting pitching. Tillman lasted four innings, but if a starter isn’t hacking it after two, it’s not uncommon for him to get pulled. Especially when you have a bullpen like that of the Orioles.

Following a walk and a base hit, Tillman gave up a three-run homer to Donaldson in the third. But in a moment of foreshadowing of more than one type, Welington Castillo gave the Birds some hope with a solo home run in the last of the third. And to double-up on that foreshadowing, Mark Trumbo followed in the fourth with a solo shot of his own. Mancini would add a sac fly-RBI in the sixth, and we were tied at three.

However Toronto managed to put one across in the seventh to get the lead back. Saunders’ infield RBI-single ticked off of Davis’ glove at first, yielding a run. And it’s unconventional plays like that which have plagued the O’s this year. As I’ve said many times, anything can happen when you put guys on base. Orioles’ opponents have taken that to another level it seems, scoring runs off of plays like that, bloops, broken bat singles, etc.

But you play through it if you can. Unfortunately, it appeared that this game was destined for a loss, which would mean that an all but hapless Toronto team had come into Camden Yards and taken three-of-four from the O’s – a team in the playoff race. They say that’s why they play the games and so forth – incidentally, it’s also why they play all of the games in their entirety.

Remember how I said above that Welington Castillo’s homer in the third foreshadowed something?! Castillo led off the last of the ninth, and promptly smacked his second solo homer of the game to tie it up at four. And just like that, the playoff race was on! And as if these two teams didn’t go long enough past nine innings on Friday night, it took until the last of the twelfth to decide it. Mark Trumbo came up with runners at the corners and two outs, and his RBI-single to left won it for the Birds, 5-4.

Again, there are some wins that just feel bigger. I would point to last year’s come-from-behind win at San Francisco on a Sunday afternoon (in which the Birds trailed 7-1 in the seventh inning), as well as an early September win against New York in 2012. You like to point back to points in the season and say that maybe something began there. If I had to point to anywhere it would be the walk off win two weeks ago against Oakland. But with the standings being what they are at this point in the season, this one felt just a little bigger for the O’s.

And in fact, you could look at Castillo’s at-bat there in the ninth and say that it might have been one of the most important at-bats of the season. Ultimately if the O’s make it into the post season, all of that will be true. If they do not, it’ll be an afterthought.

The Orioles now open a huge series with New York at Camden Yards. Dylan Bundy gets the start for the O’s, and he’ll be opposed by New York’s Jordan Montgomery. Game time is set for just after 2 PM.

Baltimore Orioles almost able to come all the way back

The Baltimore Orioles have seen Kevin Gausman be good before. Unfortunately last night wasn’t one of those games. After a nearly 50-minute rain delay before the game started, the Orioles came out flat. Gausman’s line: 3.0 IP, 7 H, 8 R, 1 BB, 5 K.

Chicago set the tone in the game early, gettin a couple of runners on base in the first inning, all of whom came home on Contreras’ three-run homer. One pitch later it was 4-0 after a solo shot by Schwarber. Zobrist followed suit an inning later with a two-run shot, and Heyward’s two-run homer in the third ran the score to 8-0. That appeared to be the death blow for Gausman.

But it wasn’t the death blow per se for the Orioles. With bats as potent as they have, they’re never really out of a game. And the good news was that after Gausman departed the pitching became much more stable.

The O’s got on the board in the last of the third on a Castillo solo home run. And they chipped away from there. There’s a part of me that says piecemealing runs together when you start eight in the hole isn’t very efficient. But if you do it enough, it does make a difference.

Chris Davis, who came off the DL yesterday, smacked an RBI-double in the fourth which cut the Chicago lead to 8-2. One inning later it was Mark Trumbo‘s RBI-single that brought the Birds to within 8-3, and an RBI-single by Mancini which cut it in half at 8-4. But the Orioles weren’t done – in the game or in the inning. Joey Rickard‘s two-RBI single cut the lead to 8-6. And suddenly we had a ballgame.

Mark Trumbo struck again in the eighth with a two-run home run which tied the game up at eight. It seemed that an Oriole comeback was destined to happen, however Chicago decided to wake up just enough and just in the nick of time. With Brach in to pitch the ninth, Russell smacked a solo homer to put his team ahead 9-8.

That was a valiant comeback attempt on the part of the Orioles, however the fact is that it begins and ends with starting pitching. Kevin Gausman struggled last night, and not to find the plate. If anything he was getting too much of the plate. And in fact it’s a tough line to toe; you don’t want to nibble, but you don’t want to get too much of the plate to where the ball’s in a sweet spot for hitters.

There was also a situation in the third inning which at the time didn’t mean much, but that really haunted the Orioles. Manny Machado smacked a ball down the line which deflected off the base of the left field fence and jilted up into the air. A fan appeared to then reach over the wall with his glove and grab the ball out of the air. Replays were inconclusive, but it appeared that the ball would have come down in play.

And if it had, Adam Jones would have undoubtedly scored – leaving Machado at third base. However after a length discussion the umpires left it as a ground rule double. At the time you almost chuckle to yourself about that costing the Orioles a run, as they were getting blown out. However all things being equal (and yes, that’s always a hard argument to make), the Birds ended up losing by one run.

Buck Showalter felt that the runner should have been given home plate, and he addressed that after the game (quote courtesy of Roch Kubatko, MASNsports):

We felt pretty strongly that it would not have gone in the stands. That’s the discussion. We’ve never seen a ball hit down there and not stay in the ballpark. Looking at the replays, there was nothing definitive enough angle-wise to think that they would overturn it, especially that early in the game. There’s a lot of plays up here where the replays just can’t give you enough definitive for them to be able to rule it on the field. If they had called that the other way, I don’t think Joe (Maddon) would have had any reports either to change it. So, it’s one those you have to wear.

The series continues tonight at Camden Yards, with a familiar face on the mound for the opponent. Wade Miley 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: Injuries pile up in another loss

While pitching has been part of the story of the Baltimore Orioles’ season thus far, you can also point to injuries as playing a factor. In yesterday’s 6-2 loss on the Fourth of July to Milwaukee, they had to lift Mark Trumbo mid-game after he fouled a ball off his calf. An MRI returned negative (which is obviously a good thing), but the O’s are being cautious.

Ubaldo Jimenez struggled, but not to the point of being blown out of the water in the game. Jimenez’s line: 5.0 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 3 BB, 7 K. The problem of course has been that the Orioles are literally held accountable for each and every one of their mistakes, while they can’t hold their opponents in the same accountability. Jimenez walked a man with two outs in the last of the second – relatively innocent in a way…

…but yet that’s a base runner for the opposition. That brought Vogt to the plate, and he smacked a two-run homer. Arcia added an RBI-single, and the O’s trailed 3-0. Milwaukee would add two solo home runs in the fifth as well.

Rickard’s RBI-single in the seventh and Schoop’s solo homer in the ninth attested for the Birds’ two lone runs. Milwaukee’s Thames would also add a solo shot in the seventh, and the Orioles fell 6-2. There’s something that’s just not clicking for the Orioles, and yes it begins with starting pitching. However as I said, the O’s are being held accountable for just about all of their mistakes. And their opponents are being let off the hook.

As an example, Trumbo sent a dying quail into right field in the second inning following an Adam Jones double. The ball was flat out dropped by Milwaukee’s Villar. He had a play on it, and he flat out dropped the ball. Jones, perhaps rightly, tried to advance to third base. Villar gunned the ball to third, and sure enough Jones overslid the bag and was tagged out.

Not only were the O’s not able to hold Milwaukee accountable for the dropped ball, but they literally found a way to turn Milwaukee’s mistake into theirs. Jones knew that the play was going to be close, so he came hot into the bag. And that was what caused him to overslide the bag. The Orioles’ aggression is often being used against them.

And again, the injury situation doesn’t help. Trumbo is only the latest Oriole to get nic’d up. Jones has battled injuries all year, Machado had to miss a few games earlier this year, Davis and Hardy are on the DL, not to mention Britton (who’s expected to be activated today), among others. It’s almost a miracle that the Orioles are close to .500 if you look at it in that light.

Chris Tillman would have stated tonight’s game, but he’s on paternity leave. He’s with his wife, who’s expected to give birth to their first child at any time. While it’s tough to lose a starter at any point along the way, we certainly send our best wishes to Chris and wife.

The O’s will try to salvage a game in this series this evening at Miller Park. Jayson Aquino was called up from Norfolk and will get the start for the Orioles, and he’ll be opposed by Milwaukee’s Matt Garza. Game time is set for just after 7 PM.

Baltimore Orioles cutting it close with 11th hour heroics

The Baltimore Orioles certainly waited until the 11th hour last night to make their move. We had seen this movie before; the Birds give up a couple of ticky-tack runs, and the opponent even tacks on an insurance run late to ensure their victory. The O’s even attempted a comeback earlier in the game but were unable to come all the way back – until late.

Kevin Gausman wasn’t perfect, but he put the O’s in a position to win the game. Gausman’s line: 6.2 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 1 BB, 5 K. Gausman was getting ahead of batters in the count, however often when he had them right where he wanted them he was letting them off the hook in a sense.

The O’s took an early 1-0 lead when Smith led the first inning off with a solo homer. However Pittsburgh established quickly thereafter that they were going to be a force to deal with. McCutchen’s RBI-single in the second tied the score, and Jaso’s RBI-double later in the inning gave Pittsburgh a 2-1 lead. That was extended to 3-1 on Mercer’s RBI-groundout.

Pittsburgh’s repetoire on the night even included a solo homer, off the bat of Freese in the sixth. They were pitching well and keeping the Orioles at bay, and they led 4-1 going into the later innings. But the Birds were only getting warmed up.

The O’s cut the lead to 4-3 and re-energized Camden Yars in the last of the seventh on back-to-back home runs by Chris Davis and Jonathan Schoop. They still trailed by one, however they had suddenly swung momentum. But Pittsburgh didn’t go quietly. In the top of the ninth they got an RBI-triple from Harrison, which gave them an insurance run to extend their lead to 5-3. That probably should have been the back-breaker from the Orioles’ standpoint.

But as we all know, the home team hits last. Schoop’s turn came up in the order in the last of the ninth, with a runner on base. And Schoop saved the day with a two-run homer that tied the game back up at five. Again, talk about your 11th hour heroics – you really can’t cut it closer than that!

Jones got aboard in the last of the tenth, and Machado almost ended the game a moment later with a deep shot to left. Had it fallen, Jones would have scored. And obviously had it gone out the game would have been over – but it was caught right up against the wall. However Jones very astutely tagged up and went to second base.

That brought Mark Trumbo to the plate, needing a base hit to end the game. And Trumbo didn’t disappoint, smacked an RBI-single to center which scored Jones. So from the depths of defeat, the O’s came back for a hard-fought 6-5 victory.

The O’s have had a few improbable losses this year, and this was one that they “got back” in a sense. And you’re going to have your share of games like this over the course of 162 games each year. Kevin Gausman obviously had a bit of a rough second inning, which is why the O’s trailed to begin with. But manager Buck Showalter as always sees things through a different lense. Gausman was making quality pitches, they just weren’t working out in the manner they were designed (quote courtesy of Roch Kubatko, MASN sports):

You know, I’d say rough, statistically. I’ll say this: He gets a chopper anywhere else and it sneaks through the infield, then he gets a broken-bat flare the other way off the end of the bat, then McCutchen fights a ball off and may have broken his bat in right. I think he gave up one hard-hit ball that inning. So, I kind of take that with a grain of salt. But it’s what happened after that. He kept us engaged in the game.

The big story of course was Schoop and Trumbo’s late-inning heroics. There’s really not much left to say other than the fact that power wins games. Being able to tack runs together here and there is fine, but if your team can hit-for-power you’ll never be out of a game. And we saw that with the Orioles last night.

This quick two-game set concludes this evening with Pittsburgh at Camden Yards. Wade Miley gets the start for the O’s, and he’ll be opposed by Pittsburgh’s Chad Kuhl. Game time is set for just after 7 PM.

Baltimore Orioles: Mark Trumbo supplies another Beltway victo

At the end of the day, it wasn’t a Mark Trumbo home run that rallied the Baltimore Orioles to a victory over Washington. It was an RBI-single with the bases loaded. But when you’ve managed to make it to the last of the twelfth inning, that’s all you really need. The bigger story of the game however is the fact that we made it that far to begin with.

The Birds got all they could ask out of Ubaldo Jimenez last night. Jimenez’s line: 7.2 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 2 BB, 6 K. If you didn’t watch the game that line doesn’t look as stellar as it should. Jimenez made two bad pitches, both of which left the ballpark. But he kept a very dangerous Washington lineup at bay for most of the night.

Murphy smacked a solo homer in the second inning to give Washington a 1-0 lead. Unfortunately for Jimenez and the O’s however, Washington’s Scherzer was dealing as well – big time. Scherzer took a no-hitter into the sixth inning, and it was broken up by Smith’s solo home run which tied the game. While both starters were in the game it reminded me of the finale of the DC series last year when these two pitchers squared off. Jimenez was excellent, but Scherzer was superior.

With the score tied in the eighth, Lind smacked a three-run homer as a pinch-hitter, giving Washington a 4-1 lead. At the time, you figured that might be the back-breaker for the O’s in this game. Jimenez certainly deserved better, but he was on track to be the loser. However “The Captain,” Adam Jones, willed his team back into the game in the bottom of the inning with a solo homer, cutting the lead to 4-2.

Washington’s bullpen is a maligned staff, which has struggled to protect leads over the course of the season. And it showed again last night. Schoop’s RBI-double in the last of the ninth cut the lead to 4-3, which was followed by an RBI-single by Hardy to tie the game. And…we played on.

Both teams had their chances at various points to win. However in extra innings, you can all but always give the advantage to the Orioles with their bullpen. Joseph tried to score from second on a single in the last of the eleventh, but he was thrown out at home plate. And Washington basically ran itself out of an opportunity, when Goodwin got doubled up at first on a pop fly in the twelfth. That marked the second time in as many games that Washington had committed all but inexcusable base running gaffes.

The O’s had the bases loaded and one out in the last of the twelfth when Trumbo came up. In a situation like that, the odds of scoring are greater than they are of not scoring. And Trumbo delivered, with an RBI-single to left field which ended the game. This goes as a series sweep for the Orioles, as each leg of the Battle of the Beltways is seen as a separate series. They also finished the homestand at a perfect 6-0, and gauranteed themselves at minimum of a split with Washington this year.

This had the feel of a game on which one might look back when all’s said and done as a key win. Not because of the Orioles’ beltway opponent, but because of how things unfolded. The Orioles never give up until the final out. And that modus operandi served them well last night. When it was 4-1, yes things looked bleak. But as a familiar scene from Animal House tells us, it wasn’t over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor!

The Orioles did get some sobering news before yesterday’s game. The estimation is that closer Zach Britton might be down for 45-60 days. Britton was as surprised by this as anyone, however he’s hoping it’s the short end of that range. Britton is now in Sarasota, which in a week or two he’ll begin throwing.

The Orioles now head down I-95 or the B/W Parkway (whichever route suits you best!) to open a two-game series with Washington at Nationals Park. Wade Miley gets the start for the Orioles, and he’ll be opposed by Washington’s Stephen Strasburg. Game time is set for just after 7 PM.

Baltimore Orioles right an old wrong in Opening Day win

Mark Trumbo’s walk off home run on Opening Day gave the Baltimore Orioles some payback over Toronto after last year’s wild card game.

As the Opening Day ceremonies came to a close and it was time to PLAY BALL, Baltimore Orioles fans most likely flashed back a few months. The untimely end to the 2016 season was still fresh in a lot of people’s mind. This especially seeing that the O’s were playing the same Toronto Blue Jays – who walked the Orioles off on the AL Wild Card game.

The ironic thing is that Toronto has lost pieces year-over-year, and the O’s have remained largely the same (for the most part). Yet pundits are still in love with Toronto, and still not digging what the Orioles are throwing out there. So in all of these senses, perhaps it was fitting that these two teams met on Opening Day at Camden Yards.

The Orioles started Kevin Gausman, and with mixed results in a sense. Gausman’s line: 5.1 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 4 BB, 4 K. Gausman actually pitched better than those numbers indicate, although you want your starter to go deeper than 5.1 innings. The four walks were also a bit much. However save for the fifth inning when he struggled and threw a lot of pitches, Gausman was fairly solid.

The Orioles got on the board first in the last of the third on Chris Davis‘ RBI-single. Mark Trumbo would add an RBI-double later in the inning, and the O’s had a 2-0 lead. However as I said, Gausman struggled in the fifth inning, issuing several walks. One of those came with the bases loaded, which cut the Orioles’ lead in half.

Gausman was able to record one out in the sixth before he was lifted in the wake of allowing a base runner. However after Gausman’s departure that base runner would come around to score on an RBI-double, tying the game. That run of course was charged to Gausman.

At one point the Orioles had 15 straight hitters retired by Toronto pitching. While that’s not good, it’s also a bi-product of a pitcher’s duel. While Gausman was long gone as the game wore on, the Orioles showed off one of the big strengths of the team: the bullpen. Through 5.2 innings pitched, the Orioles’ pen gave up six hits, two walks, and no runs. And that folks is outstanding no matter how you want to spin things.

As the game went to extra innings it took on the feel of last year’s AL Wild Card game more and more. And the players had to have noticed the similarities. Presumably Toronto had to think that at some point their heroics would push through just as they did the year before. But the Orioles sat in their dugout hoping to flip the script.

This time around, the Orioles found a way to work Zach Britton into the game, and he pitched two innings. However this Opening Day game will be remembered for two things: how it ended, and what foreshadowed how it ended. Toronto threatened in the 10th inning with runners at first and second. The Camden faithful seemed restless, as Toronto seemed to have the Oriole exactly where they wanted them. To add insult to injury from last year, was Toronto really going to at the very least take a lead against the Orioles and possibly beat them again on Opening Day (at their place)?

And the answer ended up being an emphatic NO! With Pillar at the plate, a bouncer was hit to Manny Machado guarding the line at third base. It was a tough angle, and in fact Machado was perhaps the only player in the game who could have made a play on the ball. With most third basemen, that would have been an infield hit. Instead, Machado fielded the ball, and from his knees threw Pillar out at first base.

That gold glove-caliber play put Toronto on warning that their heroics weren’t going to be enough. New day, new year. However the game did end in similar fashion to that wild card game last year – just with a different team celebrating. The Orioles had the heart of the order coming up in the 11th inning, and it didn’t disappoint…

…Mark Trumbo came up with two outs and nobody on. However the home team bats last, and all the Orioles needed was one run. And Trumbo connected, reminding the Orioles and the fans why the club re-signed him. His solo homer gave the Orioles a 3-2 walk off win on Opening Day at Camden Yards.

Trumbo addressed his heroics after the game, and admitted how special of a moment this was (quote courtesy of Steve Melewski, MASNsports):

Pretty special. It’s a whole lot of fun. We battled tooth and nail today. It was a great game all the way around. Was happy to come through and take us home.

Perhaps saying that this was payback from the Orioles’ perspective in the wake of a sudden death loss in the playoffs is a bit of a stretch. However several players and manager Buck Showalter pointed out how similar this game was to the playoff game last year. It merely unfolded in reverse at the end.

The fact is that nobody can take away that moment from the Toronto Blue Jays last year. But the same is true with the Orioles’ moment yesterday. And quite frankly, while that was a playoff game, yesterday’s moment was a lot more relevant to the here and now.

Baltimore Oriol Trumbo to attend this weekend’s FaFest

In case you weren’t aware, the Baltimore Orioles will be holding their annual FanFest this Saturday at the Baltimore Convention Center. It was announced yesterday that the newly re-signed Mark Trumbo will be in attendance. As will new catcher, Welington Castillo.

Both players were late adds, and in fact Trumbo will be introduced to the media (or “re-introduced” I suppose) at a 3 PM press conference tomorrow afternoon. Trumbo is expected to draw a lot of interest from fans, as there were varying opinions as to whether or not he should be brought back.

At the end of the day however, the yea’s won out and Trumbo will be an Oriole for the next three years. However I would submit that Castillo will draw some interest as well, given that he’s taking over for a perennial all-star and a longtime fan favorite in Wieters. Those are big shoes to fill, however if the rest of the league’s reaction to Wieters being on the free agent market is any indication one might think that the Orioles did the right thing in moving on.

Incidentally folks, I’ll be wandering around the convention floor on Saturday myself. If you see me, feel free to say hello!

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