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Updated: 2017-04-23T17:20:56-04:00

 



Gausman crashes and burns in 6-2 loss to Red Sox

2017-04-23T17:20:56-04:00

The only excitement in this game came when the Red Sox threw at Manny Machado The Orioles failed on all levels today as they did not capture the sweep they were looking for. Starting pitcher Kevin Gausman had another very bad day and the bats were shut down by Eduardo Rodriguez who allowed only one hit (though five walks) in his day. Oh and remember that brouhaha regarding Manny Machado sliding into second base? So did the Red Sox, apparently. More on that below after we slog through the details of this 6-2 loss. One-hit by Rodriguez The Orioles bats haven’t exactly been on fire of late and they completely went to sleep today against lefty Eduardo Rodriguez. Despite Rodriguez having trouble finding the plate at times, the O’s managed just one hit off of him in six innings pitched. Rodriguez retired the first nine batters he faced before issuing his first walk of the day to Craig Gentry leading off the second. That erased the perfect game, and a single by Chris Davis in the fifth inning. Jonathan Schoop also walked in the inning but J.J. Hardy could not get the runners in. The O’s biggest chance to score came in the sixth inning when Rodriguez walked the bases loaded. Trey Mancini came to the plate as the guy you’d want to see in this situation. He already has five home runs on the year and is known for crushing lefties. But he had looked over-matched twice against Rodriguez with two strikeouts. This time he made solid contact but the ball went right to third baseman Pablo Sandoval for the final out of the inning. Gausman’s struggles continue Kevin Gausman made his fifth start of the season today and it was yet another disappointment. I certainly don’t know what’s wrong with him but something needs to be figured out. If he’s hurting, put him on the disabled list. If he’s not hurting, he needs to make some big changes. He doesn’t even look like the same pitcher we saw in 2016. The first two batters of the game reached against Gausman, though neither hit was very impressive. One was a shallow fly ball that fell in right field and the other a ground ball that sneaked through the right side of the infield. The next two batters, however.... Mookie Betts had been shut down by the O’s pitchers this series but he got his revenge in his first at-bat against Gausman today. His three-run homer to left field wasn’t an awe inspiring moon shot, but it cleared the fence and gave the Red Sox a 3-0 lead. If you want awe inspiring, that came in the next at bat from Hanley Ramirez. Ramirez murdered a ball that landed in the back of the lower section in left field. Gausman retired the first two batters in the second inning but then loaded the bases for Ramirez, who gave another ball a ride that made me fear that the score would be 8-0 after just two innings. But luckily he hit it to center field where there is a little more room and Adam Jones made the catch on the warning track. It looked like Gausman was settling down some after that, but he never started to look good. In the fifth inning he gave up his third home run of the game, this one from Mitch Moreland. After a walk to start the sixth inning and a bullet that resulted in a force out, Gausman’s day was done. His final pitching line was 5.1 IP, 8 H, 5 ER, 3 BB, 4 K, 3 HR. His season ERA now sits at 7.50. The bullpens took over for the starters for the final three-plus innings and the Orioles were finally able to break through for a few runs and even force the Red Sox closer into the game But it was too little, too late. Sometimes Baseball is Dumb One of the dumber things about baseball is physical retaliation against real or imagined transgressions from the other team. We got to witness that first hand this weekend. If you missed the first two games of this series, Manny Machado slid into second base to break up a double play on Friday and his top leg collided with Dustin Pedroia. Machado immediately popped up and tried to help Pedroia, who ended up coming out of the game. The Red Sox coaching staff seemed pretty angry as Boston fans and[...]



Red Sox throw behind Manny Machado’s head, still lose series to Orioles

2017-04-23T16:53:30-04:00

Red Sox reliever Matt Barnes blatantly threw a fastball behind Manny Machado’s head on Sunday when the Orioles were losing, 6-0. The O’s still won the series. The Red Sox, apparently upset at having lost the series to the Orioles, got their “revenge” against Manny Machado for what was said by the Red Sox manager and media, despite being contradicted by all video evidence, to have been a dirty slide in Friday night’s game. In the bottom of the eighth inning of Sunday’s one-sided contest, reliever Matt Barnes came up and in with a pitch that went so far behind Machado’s head that the pitch actually struck his bat, which was behind his shoulder. Mainstream Red Sox media, including writers with the Boston Globe, CSN New England, and WEEI radio, all treated it as a certainty that Machado would be hit later in the series, so it’s not a ton of surprise to see the following reaction to a video of the pitch from some guy who writes for Barstool Sports: Matt Barnes drinks for free. pic.twitter.com/DjOdNimbu2— Jared Carrabis (@Jared_Carrabis) April 23, 2017 But wait, there’s more! Following a J.J. Hardy fly out, Caleb Joseph doubled to the right-center gap. A Craig Gentry single moved Joseph over to third. And then Adam Jones put an end to Wright’s evening by singling to right field on a perfectly executed hit-and-run to make it 4-2 Orioles. Heath Hembree relieved Wright and put an end to Boston’s nightmare fourth inning. The final line for the starter: 3.2 innings, four runs on nine hits, two home runs, no walks, no strikeouts. The 32-year-old now owns an 8.66 ERA on the season and may not be in the Red Sox rotation much long at this rate. As bad as Wright was, Hembree was equally fantastic. The hard-throwing righty gave Boston 3.1 scoreless innings while striking out five Orioles and allowing just one hit and one walk. One can imagine his 95 mph heat looked even faster after the lineup faced Wright’s knuckleball, but there is no denying that Hembree was impressive. Similarly, Mychal Givens was a standout for the Baltimore bullpen. The submarine-fireballer put together perfect seventh and eighth innings, striking out two in the process. Givens even showed off his shortstop background by making two impressive plays in the field. That’s where those invaluable PFPs in Spring Training come in handy. Donnie Hart and Darren O’Day followed Givens to take care of the ninth inning. Brad Brach was likely unavailable as he had pitched in each of the previous three games. Hart got the first two outs before plunking Marco Hernandez. O’Day then came in to retire Bogaerts on one pitch and earn the easiest save of his career. There was nothing done in regards to Manny Machado’s controversial slide on Friday. Dustin Pedroia did not play. Schoop got hit in the thigh by a pitch and Hernandez was hit in the back, but both were clearly accidental. Imagine that. Grown adults keeping their cool while at work. The four runs scored by the offense tonight was the most they have put across the plate since Sunday, when they had 11 against Toronto. Somehow, someway the O’s have won four in a row while scoring just 10 total runs. Wow. Kevin Gausman (1-1, 7.23 ERA) is on the mound tomorrow in the series finale against Boston as the O’s look for the sweep. First pitch is set for 1:35 p.m. at Camden Yards. The Red Sox plan to counter with Eduardo Rodriguez (0-1, 4.76 ERA). [...]



O’s prospects (4/21): 4 teams, 6 games, 2 wins

2017-04-22T10:21:43-04:00

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The O’s MiLB teams played a lot of games against the Walgreens’ and it could have gone better.

Norfolk 0, Syracuse (Walgreens) 3

Mike Wright pitched 6.0 IP and gave up 3 ER, but the Tides offense did nothing. I do mean nothing. Only one Tides batter, David Washington, had even 2 hits.

Bowie 8, Harrisburg (Walgreens) 2

D.J. Stewart went 3-for-5, as did Anderlin Rodriguez. Starter Tanner Scott went a scoreless 3.0 IP, giving up just one hit. Jason Garcia followed up with four scoreless innings of his own to claim the win.

Frederick 3, Salem (Red Sox) 10 (7 innings)

Salem jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the 1st inning and the game never really got any better from there. Cristian Alvarado stayed in for 5.0 IP and gave up 8 runs, all earned. Even Tommy Hunter is shaking his head in disappointment at that.

Frederick 6, Salem (Red Sox) 7 (7 innings)

Salem went up 2-0 in the 1st inning, Frederick came back to score on in the 2nd, and away they went for the entire 7 innings. Salem went up for good in the 6th, and a 1 run effort in the bottom of the 6th wasn’t enough for Frederick. Official not-a-teenager-anymore Ofelky Peralta had a rough night, giving up 5 runs on 6 hits in just 3.1 IP, but avoided the loss. Yermin Mercedes at least had a HR.

Delmarva 3, Hagerstown (Walgreens) 4 (7 innings)

Aussie starter Alex Well went 1.0 IP, giving up no runs and no walks and just one hit on Thursday, but when the game was postponed due to rain, he obviously didn’t figure in the outcome upon resumption in Friday. Lucas Humpal served as Friday’s de facto starter, and gave up 2 runs on 6 hits in 5.1 IP. Jake Bray blew the save, and Kory Groves took the loss. My new favorite Shorebird, Jake Ring, went 1-for-3 to keep his average above .400.

Delmarva 4, Hagerstown (Walgreens) 1 (7 innings)

The Shorebirds scored 1 run in four of the seven innings of the game, allowing just a single Suns run in the 1st inning. Starter Cody Dube went 3.0 IP with just 1 run allowed, while Steven Klimek went 4.0IP scoreless to pick up the win. Seven of the nine Shorebirds hitters collected at least one hit.

For complete box scores from today’s games, check out here.

Today’s Scheduled Games

  • Norfolk: at Syracuse, 1:05. Starter: Tyler Wilson
  • Bowie: at Harrisburg, 6:00. Starter: Matthew Grimes
  • Frederick: vs. Salem, 2:00. Starter: Keegan Akin
  • Delmarva: at Hagerstown, 6:05. Starter: Alex Wells




Saturday Bird Droppings

2017-04-22T09:41:06-04:00

The O’s win another, and the Red Sox are salty over Manny’s slide. Orioles shut out Red Sox - (Daily Hampshire Gazette) The O’s won for the seventh win in nine games are 9-3 in the AL East with last night’s win. That’s an acceptable start, I guess. Dustin Pedroia injury: Manny Machado, Buck Showalter provide Orioles reaction to slide play | (masslive.com) Manny Machado's cleat clipped Dustin Pedroia's left knee, one he had scoped this winter, and that's probably why everyone in Goat Face Nation is calling for Manny's head on a spike. "Extremely late slide and the argument at the time was that if the rule is in place to protect the middle infielder, then it didn't work tonight," John Farrell said. Myriad Orioles Thoughts: Manny's hard slide; a run of lefties; Mookie's quiet bat - (BaltimoreBaseball.com) “I was trying to do everything possible to be safe and get ourselves in a good position in a two-run ballgame,” Manny Machado said. “We know how good they are. We want that cushion. It wasn’t intentional. I was trying to get on the bag. If you see the replay, you see how my body comes off the bag and hits him right in the path. Showalter on Britton's MRI, Machado's slide and a 2-0 win - School of Roch (MASNsports) “They did everything. Elbow looked really good. That bodes well obviously down the road. They found what they thought they would find. We’re moving forward. Nothing to hold back his continued progress.” - Orioles manager Buck Showalter. So, nothing wrong in the elbow itself, according to the MRI. That's good news. Bundy's the young pitcher taking a big step forward for the Orioles so far in 2017 - (BaltimoreBaseball.com) "(Dylan) Bundy has now delivered quality starts in all four of his outings, and his season ERA sits at 1.37. He’s struck out 20 batters and walked four in 26 1/3 innings of work." So he's becoming the pitcher we thought he would when drafted in 2011. This is pretty cool to watch. Smith making slow progress with injured leg (updated) - School of Roch (MASNsports) If Seth Smith is in the lineup today, he's not going on the disabled list, obviously. If he isn't in today's lineup, expect that DL move at some point today. Mullins injures hamstring at Double-A Bowie - (BaltimoreBaseball.com) Camden Chat's Joe Wedra isn't allowed within 500 feet of Cody Sedlock for the time being. Orioles' Joey Rickard: Moves on to soft toss - (CBSSports.com) Orioles' Joey Rickard is hoping to be able to take batting practice today and come off the disabled list in early May. Light rail's promise remains unfulfilled — except on game days -(baltimoresun.com) You should try it! Oriole softball splits with Rose Hill (Butler County Times Gazette) Augusta’s softball team won one and lost one. Thankfully, the MLB team is doing better than that. Birthdays and History Baseball-Reference’s birthdays pages were down when I created this, so I have no Orioles birthdays to report. But it is the birthday of famous people like Queen Isabella I of Spain 1451; Immanuel Kant 1724 - Philosopher; Lenin (Vladimir Ilyich Lenin) 1870; Russian author Vladimir Nabokov 1899; atomic bomb physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer 1904; "Green Acres" actor Eddie Albert 1908; TV producer Aaron Spelling 1923; country music singer Glen Campbell 1936; actor Jack Nicholson 1937; director and Baltimore native John Waters 1946; guitarist Peter Frampton 1950; and Silverchair singer Daniel Johns 1979. The water's still pretty hard to drink, even at age 38. Today in Baltimore baseball history... 1898 - On the same day, Ted Breitenstein of the Cincinnati Reds and Jay Hughes of the Baltimore Orioles each pitch no-hit ball games. Breitenstein's gem is against the Pittsburgh Pirates, 11 - 0, and Hughes over the Boston Beaneaters, 8 - 0. 1914 - Babe Ruth made his pitching debut with the Baltimore Orioles. Today in World History... 1509 - Henry VIII ascended to the throne of England upon the death of his father Henry VII. 1864 - The U.S. C[...]



Orioles beat Red Sox, 2-0; Bundy twirls another gem in win

2017-04-21T22:41:47-04:00

It was a perfect Friday night at Camden Yards as the Orioles shut out the Red Sox. Dylan Bundy was extraordinary and Manny Machado homered in the team’s 11th win of the year. It was a perfect night for baseball at Camden Yards as the Orioles sent Dylan Bundy to the mound to take on the Red Sox. If you haven’t heard, this Baltimore baseball team is pretty darn good — with tonight’s win, the Birds advance to 11-4 at the top of the AL East. Below, the winning details of the Friday night victory over the always pesky Red Sox. The recap Bundy was matched up with left-hander Drew Pomeranz on the night and both traded scoreless innings to kick off the night’s action in the first. In the second, though, Bundy faced his first jam of the game. In the top of the inning, Hanley Ramirez and Jackie Bradley Jr. notched back-to-back singles with no outs, setting up Pablo Sandoval for the game’s first opportunity. Bundy proceeded to blow a fastball by him for a strikeout, an at-bat followed by a Christian Vázquez double play ground out. It was a laborious start for Bundy, but a clean one nonetheless. Both teams threatened in their next opportunities, but neither capitalized. Through three innings, Bundy had induced a trio of double plays, one in each inning. That’s one way to get outs against a potent lineup! The first run of the ballgame crossed the plate in the bottom of the third thanks to some small-ball from the top of the lineup. With one out, Craig Gentry ripped a double down the line for his third hit of the year. A Pomeranz wild pitch advanced him to third and a line drive up the middle from Adam Jones made it 1-0 Orioles. For the next few innings, Bundy was masterful yet again. He effectively mowed down the Boston lineup, with everything working as it has been throughout the start of the season — against the Red Sox one through nine, he sure looked like the ace Baltimore has been waiting on for quite some time. In the bottom of the fifth, Manny Machado did Manny Machado things. He smoked a hard-hit HR to left to put the home team up 2-0 off of a belt-high fastball 87 MPH fastball that was crushed. His two hits on the night upped his season average to .200 — baby steps! The next frame, Bundy faced men on first and second with none out and the heart of the lineup up to bat — but, in perhaps the biggest moment of the game, the bulldog in Bundy showed up in the clutch. After Andrew Benintendi flied out to Trumbo in left, Bundy brilliantly pitched Mookie Betts for out number two. And on his 89th pitch of the night, the right-hander induced a Mitch Moreland pop-out to Manny Machado to end the threat. After a brilliant seventh inning in which he retired Ramirez, Bradley Jr. and Sandoval consecutively, Bundy allowed a 3-2 single to Vázquez to start the eighth. Donnie Hart then got the call after Bundy’s exit, and that’s exactly when things got interesting. The left-hander walked number-nine hitter Chris Young, giving the top of the Boston lineup the opportunity to have the go-ahead run at the dish. Following a Dustin Pedroia 3-2 fly-ball out to move the lead runner to third with an out, Hart beautifully painted the inside corner with two perfect sinkers to put Benintendi down on strikes. Then with two outs, Showalter made the move to Mychal Givens to end the threat against Betts. Givens jammed Boston’s number three bat, pounding a 96 MPH fastball on the outside corner to get a weak pop-out to wrap up the top of the eighth. Score that yet another win for the deep bullpen! Bundy’s final line: 7 IP, 6 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K. His season ERA is now at 1.37. A strange play happened in the eighth inning after a ground ball from the bat of Trumbo. With Machado running from first, Pedroia fielded the ball at second base and looked to catch a spike from Machado on the slide. It seemed harmless, but Pedroia had to be helped off the field with a pair of trainers and exited the game walking very gin[...]