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“Rounding the Bases” in Orioles’ 4-3 loss to Toronto

Posted on 20 April 2016 by Luke Jones

What went wrong in the Orioles’ 4-3 defeat to the Toronto Blue Jays on Tuesday night?

In trying to identify the top three losing factors with the addition of home plate for any not-so-honorable mentions and other notes, we go around the bases after the 12th game of the 2016 season.

1st — The Orioles hit two home runs off Toronto ace Marcus Stroman, but they didn’t cash in on the few other opportunities they had over the course of the night. J.J. Hardy left the bases loaded in the bottom of the fourth while Chris Davis and Mark Trumbo couldn’t do any damage with two runners on and Baltimore trailing by one run in the bottom of the eighth inning. When you score three runs and only leave five men on base, you didn’t have many scoring chances to begin with against a tough pitcher and the Orioles couldn’t provide enough support to combat a Blue Jays lineup that was the far-and-away best in baseball a year ago.

2nd — The Blue Jays scored three of their four runs in two-out situations, which will typically be the difference in a one-run game. Mike Wright’s overall performance was acceptable against a potent offense as he turned in the second quality start of the season for the Orioles, but Troy Tulowitzki’s two-run double past a diving Joey Rickard gave the Blue Jays breathing room with a 3-0 lead in the top of the third. The insurance run in the seventh off Tyler Wilson — the first run he’d allowed this season — was difficult to stomach considering the right-hander had retired the first two batters of the inning before giving up a single, a walk, and an RBI double off the bat of Jose Bautista.

3rd — Orioles hitters saw a total of 16 pitches in the fifth and sixth innings, which ultimately helped Stroman get through the seventh. Baltimore left the bases loaded in the fourth, but the right-hander threw 29 pitches in the frame, which put him in danger of not being able to go deep into the game and forcing Blue Jays manager John Gibbons to turn to the middle of his bullpen. What made those two innings even more frustrating was that they involved the top four hitters in the order not even mounting a threat when they were seeing Stroman for the third time. Of course, it’s fair to point out that Matt Wieters hit his two-run shot off the starting pitcher in the seventh, but the Orioles probably would have liked their chances getting to the Blue Jays bullpen much sooner.

Home — After Manny Machado doubled on a 3-2 count and Nolan Reimold drew a four-pitch walk off lefty Brett Cecil with one out in the eighth, Davis swung at the first pitch and fouled out to the catcher. … Pedro Alvarez went 0-for-4, dropping his average to just .143 and his on-base plus slugging percentage to .493. … Mychal Givens pitched a scoreless ninth inning, but it was the first outing of the season in which he didn’t record a strikeout. … Machado hit his fifth home run of the season in the fourth to extend his hitting streak to 12 games to begin the 2016 season. … Adam Jones left the game at the end of the sixth inning with a stomach virus that began affecting him during batting practice, according to manager Buck Showalter. … The Blue Jays snapped the Orioles’ 10-game home winning streak, which was tied for the seventh longest in club history. … Ubaldo Jimenez goes to the hill on Wednesday night while Toronto will counter with knuckleballer R.A. Dickey.

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Drew’s Morning Dish — Mon., June 24

Posted on 24 June 2013 by Drew Forrester

I don’t care if the Blue Jays swept the Orioles over the weekend, I’m still playing Geddy Lee singing the Canadian national anthem at some point during Monday’s show.

It’s not his fault the Orioles’ pitchers can’t get anyone out.

You’re never as good as you look when you’re winning and never as bad as you look when you’re losing, but the Birds pretty much stunk up the joint over the weekend.  Take away the nice effort from Miguel Gonzalez on Saturday and just about everyone got a failing grade for the series with the Blue Jays.

No big deal.

Lots of baseball left.

Granted, it would help boost our hopes here in Baltimore if a couple of decent players were added between now and the trade deadline — and I’m not talking about NOT Bruce Chen and Brian Roberts.  I’m talking about newcomers…guys with a pedigree who might be able to help the club this year and beyond.

But, even with this team and no new arrivals, the Birds will be competing for a post-season spot come September because none of the other teams in the division are anywhere near good enough to pull away in August.

Once Labor Day rolls around, most or all of the AL East teams will still have a puncher’s chance of earning a playoff spot.

It’s a long season.

One lost weekend in Toronto doesn’t end it.


I had to laugh at the folks clamoring for the O’s to retaliate against Jose Bautista after his gesture to Darren O’Day on Saturday afternoon in Toronto.

You people crack me up…almost as much as those asinine “unwritten rules” of baseball crack me up.

Here’s the best way to retaliate LIKE A MAN against Bautista:  Strike him out.

If you want to retaliate like a coward, go ahead and throw a baseball at the guy.  That’s surely going to teach him a lesson.

Here’s one other thing the Orioles could try:  Scoring some runs.  That might help win a game or two in Toronto.

I applaud Buck Showalter for not bowing to the pressure that existed from a lot of baseball nerds out there — and for just sticking to the game and not trying to get any of his players hurt via either a retaliation pitch or a brawl.

Last time I checked, the Orioles have a pretty decent ballclub.

No sense in losing a player – a la Zack Greinke earlier this season – for 6-8 weeks because you decided to incite a riot after some guy on the other team made a gesture at one of your players.


I’ve been a member at Mountain Branch golf course in Joppa since 2001 and I have to say that over the last two months – including right now – the place is in the best shape I’ve EVER seen it.

You won’t find another daily fee course in the area – in its price range – in better condition.

The new owners (two local Baltimore businessmen) and the new head golf professional have really made a significant impact this spring/summer.


The Flyers are evidently about to part company with Danny Briere.

I’m not even going to pre-consider what I would do if he, somehow, wound up in Washington.

I would probably take an official hiatus as a Capitals fan.





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Your Monday Reality Check: Unlike would-be assailants, Buck rises above fray

Posted on 24 June 2013 by Glenn Clark

There are a few of you who I’m assuming were forced to find a new baseball team to root for Sunday night.

Actually, I’m probably speaking to a smaller audience as many of you jumped ship to become fans of the Boston Red Sox or New York Yankees or Washington Nationals or some other team.

No? So you’re telling me you don’t know ANYONE who posted something on Saturday night saying something along the lines of “If the Orioles don’t put one in Jose Bautista’s ear Sunday I’ll lose all respect for Buck Showalter and stop rooting for them”?

I’m not talking about a large group of people who suggested they would swear off the team. There were certainly a few, and many more who suggested they would lose respect for the skipper even if they didn’t stop rooting for the team.

The Baltimore Orioles were swept by the Toronto Blue Jays this weekend, a disappointing series outcome even against a red hot Jays team that has now won 11 straight games. In Saturday’s 4-2 loss, Jose Bautista hit a tie-breaking two run bomb in the 8th inning. As he rounded third base, Bautista offered the following gesture to Birds reliever Darren O’Day…

It was immediately pointed out by many that O’Day had been a bit animated himself Friday night when he recorded a big seventh inning strikeout of Bautista in the Birds’ 7-6 loss. However quite a few Birds fans (clearly frustrated by seeing the bullpen falter for the second consecutive evening) took to social media to suggest Bautista’s gesture fell into the area of baseball’s “unwritten rules” and meant an O’s pitcher might need to go head hunting Sunday.

I immediately responded to those thoughts with a post at the WNST.net Facebook page Saturday afternoon…

I would share the responses to my post, but they aren’t particularly family friendly. I mean, am I even allowed to share “Go Fist Yourself” as one particularly deranged commenter suggested I do?

Multiple posts suggested I was unaware of baseball’s “unwritten rules” and therefore incapable of doing my job. Those people (of course) couldn’t be further from being accurate. Not only am I aware of the “unwritten rules”, I through a high-five the day Maxim shredded them because I know them well enough to absolutely detest them.

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