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Baltimore Orioles: To the victors go the spoils

Dylan Bundy pitched another decent game for the Baltimore Orioles again this evening. He battled and then battled more. That’s what you want out of a starting pitcher. That’s what you want out of any player. Means’ line: 5.2 IP, 5 H, 4 R (two earned) 2 BB, 6 K.

The Orioles drew a walk and had to HBP’s in the first to load the bases. Austin Hays would then walk with the bases loaded, giving the O’s a 1-0 lead. However an RBI-single by Lux in the second would tie the game at one. But the Orioles took the lead back in the fifth with a solo homer by Pedro Severino.

After that, things got strange. First off, Rio Ruiz allowed the bases to get loaded with a fielding error in the sixth, bringing Martin to the plate (with two outs). Martin appeared to offer at a two-strike pitch, but on appeal first base umpire Jim Wolf said he checked in time. That kept the at-bat alive.

Bundy then proceeded to strike Bundy out swinging, which in theory preserved the Orioles’ lead. However Severino let the ball go right by him behind the plate, and it went to the backstop. Not one, but two runs scored on a passed ball. An oddity for sure.

The check swing is a judgement call. Plays as such also happen very quickly. Umpires have to make snap decisions. However the Orioles’ dugout was up in arms when that call was made. As was Dylan Bundy.

And that may well have made him dig just a little deeper to strike Martin out. However that extra sauce on the ball may well have led to Severino’s passed ball, which lost the game for the Orioles. Mind you folks, it’s never one thing that causes a win or loss. It’s the sum of the parts. But those two things stand out in this game.

I don’t believe that quirky things like that are gifted to you when you’re a “good team” such as Los Angeles. It would be ludicrous to suggest that. But good teams bound for the playoffs always take advantage of the opportunities they’ve been given. The game’s based on failure – either the hitter or pitcher is going to fail. And again, a good team will take advantage of your failures.

The O’s now head to Detroit for a four-game set at Comerica Park. Aaron Brooks gets the call for the O’s tomorrow, and he’ll be opposed by Detroit’s Jordan Zimmerman. Game time is set for just after 7 PM.

Baltimore Orioles: Something magic…

The Baltimore Orioles set a record last night – one of the positive sort. They became the first team in major league history the hit multiple homers in ten straight games. That’s right…the team that everyone pens in as the worst team in baseball simply by default. Aaron Brooks got the start, and while he had his struggles he also put the Birds in a spot to win. Brooks’ line: 5.0 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 1 BB, 6 K.

The O’s took an early 2-0 lead in the first inning on Pedro Severino‘s two-RBI single. However Anaheim decided to be feisty in this game, and at least gave the Orioles a fight. Trout’s two-run homer in the last of the first level tied the game at two.

One inning later, Anaheim took a 4-2 lead on Fletcher’s two-RBI single. Earlier in the season that might have ended the game in a sense. But the Orioles didn’t back down. Anthony Santander‘s RBI-double in the third brought the O’s back to within one at 4-3. Pedro Severino would later smack a two-run homer, giving the Orioles a 5-4 lead.

The only issue is that there was still some game left to play. Ohtani tied the score at five in the bottom of the inning with a solo home run. The teams traded solo homers (resulting in a six-all tie) in the sixth, with Jonathan Villar connecting for the O’s and Pujols for Anaheim. And it was that Villar homer which set the record. With that home run, the Birds has officially tallied another multi-home run game – their tenth in a row. A new major league record.

However the Orioles wanted a win more than a record. While the record personifies how much better this team has played of late, they wanted to win this game to guarantee a series win. They wanted to go into Sunday with a shot to sweep.

And ultimately, they will. Hanser Alberto‘s two-RBI single in the eighth day inning gave the O’s an 8-6 lead. Fletcher would get Anaheim to within one at 8-7 with an RBI-single in the last of the ninth, however it wouldn’t be enough. The Orioles took the trifecta last night; they won the game, set the record, and won the series.

This team isn’t going to magically find itself in playoff contention come the end of September. However the O’s have taken a positive turn in the month of July. They’ve looked crisper and they’ve won some very intense games in which they would have stood no chance in April or May.

And something struck me in the wake of that 16 inning marathon the other night. In the past we would have used a very specific term to describe what we’re seeing of late. And that term is ORIOLES MAGIC. That’s probably not a term we thought we’d hear in 2019. Maybe it’s not really time for it to re-emerge…yet. But we may very well look back to this time as when the seeds were sewn for the next generation of Orioles Magic.

So let’s put it this way; is something magic happening? No, not yet. Maybe still not for awhile. But something’s happening. And somewhere down the line, that something could turn into something magic happening.

The O’s will go for the sweep this afternoon at Angel Stadium. Dylan Bundy gets the start for the O’s, and he’ll be opposed by Anaheim’s Felix Pena. Game time is set for just after 4 PM.

Baltimore Orioles’ comeback falls short

I admittedly didn’t think that the Baltimore Orioles had it in them to come back last night. Trailing 10-3, I figured that the game was over. Now while the O’s weren’t able to win, they did strike the fear of God into Seattle. This after calling up Sean Gilmartin to make his first start as an Oriole. Gilmartin’s line: 2.1 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 2 BB, 1 K.

Part of the Orioles’ problem of late has been that they’re taking early leads and then surrendering them. Pedro Severino‘s two-RBI double in the first inning gave the O’s the lead. They extended that lead to 3-0 on Chance Sisco‘s RBI-single.

However Gilmartin immediately struggled when he entered. He surrendered an RBI-single in the last of the first. One inning later in the second Moore’s solo homer brought Seattle to within one at 3-2. However an RBI-single later in the inning by Crawford would tie the game at three.

It was the third inning however which did the Orioles in. A combination of Gilmartin and the bullpen surrendered five runs. That plus another two in the fifth gave Seattle a 10-3 lead. One would have been justified in thinking that the competitive portion of the game was finished. But that ultimately wasn’t true.

Dwight Smith Jr’s RBI-single in the top of the sixth for the Orioles back on the board. Hanser Alberto would add an RBI-double. When the smoke cleared, the Birds were within 10-8. One inning later Severino added an RBI-is for, biting the Birds to within one. However they ran out of innings, and fell 10-9 to Seattle.

Obviously this was a case of getting too far behind. But you have to tip your cap to the O’s in the sense that they didn’t give up. This team has character in that sense. They could have mailed in the second part of the game, but they kept fighting. And at some point that characteristic will do them well.

The series continues this afternoon at T-Mobile Park. Andrew Cashner gets the start for the O’s, and he’ll be opposed by Seattle’s Tommy Milone. Game time is set for just after 4 PM.

Baltimore Orioles hold on to win Texas two-step

The Baltimore Orioles has several big leads last night in Texas, but held on to win at the end despite a furious comeback attempt by Texas. Dylan Bundy has a four-run lead before even stepping onto the field. End of the day, it was just one of those nights in Texas where the ball really flew. Bundy’s line: 5.0 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 2 BB, 4 K.

The O’s got a three-run homer from Dwight Smith Jr, and a solo shot from Pedro Severino in the top of the first to take a 4-0 lead. (Severino would end up having a career night.) However as I said, the ball really flew last night in Texas – for both teams. Texas got one back in the last of the first on a solo homer by Choo.

The teams exchanged sac flies in the second and third innings, but in the fourth Keon Broxton picked up the homer parade again with a solo homer. Later in the inning Dwight Smith Jr. appeared to break the game wide open. He came up with the bases loaded and smacked a bases-clearing double. The O’s led 9-3 then after the fourth and a Texas RBI-single.

And with that, Severino smacked another homer (this one of the two-run variety) in the seventh), giving the O’s an 11-3 lead. Texas would put runs on the board in the last of the seventh and last of the eighth. That left the Birds with an 11-5 lead. Seems safe, right? In general and for the most part.

Before Texas could even think about coming back, Pedro Severino smacked his third homer (a solo shot) of the game in the top of the ninth. The O’s led 12-5. However Texas tried to come all the way back, and they almost succeeded. Cabrera’s two-RBI double cut the lead to 12-7. Odor added an RBI-single, and Forsythe a two-RBI double. Choo’s RBI-single cut the lead all the way down to one at 12-11.

Luckily for the Orioles, Andrus struck out with two outs in the ninth to end the game. It was a valiant comeback attempt by the Texas Rangers, but ultimately this one went in the Orioles’ column. As I said above, Pedro Severino had a career game. Of the Orioles’ five homers, he hit three.

The series continues tonight in Texas. John Means gets the start for the Orioles, and he’ll be opposed by Texas’ Mike Minor. Game time is set for just after 8 PM.

Baltimore Orioles: Did the Birds get hoodwinked on a rule?

First off, the Baltimore Orioles gave up four home runs last night to New York. It’s tough to argue that you lost because of a bad call in a situation like that. However there was a play at the plate of involving the O’s in the last of the fifth, and the runner was called out. The Birds challenged, and the call was upheld. But was that the correct call?

Dan Straily struggled once again, although this time he struggled against a lineup that’s taking right now. New York was raking when they came into the series, and it.’a continued. Straily’s line: 4.0 IP, 8 H, 6 R, 3 BB, 2 K.

New York smacked two separate two/m-run homers in the second inning, putting the Birds in an early 4-0 hole. Torres also smacked his ninth homer against the Orioles this year in the third, running the score to 5-0. Only two of Torres’ homers this year have come against a team other than the Orioles. The way he hits Orioles’ pitching is uncanny.

Hanser Alberto would get the Orioles on the board in the last of the third with an RBI-double. However NY would come back an inning later with another home run, this time by Sanchez. Not to mention Torres’ tenth homer against the O’s later in the game.

However the Birds would start a rally in the last of the fourth when Joey Rickard reached on a fielder’s choice. However New York fumbled the ball around the infield, allowing a run to score. One inning later, Richie Martin‘s solo homer cut the lead to 7-3. Later in the inning Renato Nunez smacked a two-run shot, and the O’s were within two at 7-5.

However it was the end of that fifth inning that leaves me with questions. Joey Rickard doubled, and Pedro Severino was sent home to try to score – from first base. It was always going to be a close play, and I do question the decision to send him. Better to continue the inning with two runners in scoring position (and two outs) than have the runner cut down at the plate, abruptly ending the inning and cooling a rally. No need to take an unnecessary risk.

But they sent Severino. He was thrown out at home plate. But the question is whether or. It NY catcher Sánchez blocked the plate. The Orioles challenged the play, and it was upheld under review. End of story, right?

Again, when you surrender four home runs it’s tough to look at one call and say that played a role. Similarly, when you went 2-for-8 with RISP it’s tough to point at one call or one play and say that played a role in the loss. But…did the Birds suffer an incorrect call on that play?

MLB rule 7.13 clearly states that a catcher may block the plate only if he has the ball. Sanchez clearly blocked the plate, and he did have the ball – eventually. But there was about one second as Severino was coming in where he was also blocking the plate while waiting to receive the ball. In accordance with the rule and how it’s written, the Orioles has a very legitimate case.

And keep in mind, if that’s called correctly the Birds would have trailed by one and the fifth inning would have still be going on. Instead they trailed by two, and the inning was over. You never know how things would have turned out – certainly it’s possible that New York could have extended their lead had things been different. We just don’t know.

My personal view is that the umpires blew that call. Again, a million things happen in games that can sway them – it would be wrong to say that specific thing led to the Orioles losing. Unequivocally, that would be an inaccurate statement. But if we’re talking about the rules as they’re written, the Orioles were seemingly legislated out of a further rally with that call being blown.

The series concludes this afternoon at Camden Yards. Dylan Bundy gets the start for the O’s, and he’ll be opposed by NY’s Masahiro Tanaka. Game time is set for just after 12:30 PM.

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